Be a Lighthouse Keeper at Mission Point Lighthouse!
About the Keeper Program
You can live in Mission Point Lighthouse and be a Keeper with our Lighthouse Keeper Program! Being a keeper for a week is a wonderfully unique volunteer opportunity in which you will stay in the actual lighthouse and share your time and talents. In the gift shop and on the property, you get to meet and talk to visitors from all over the world. Our keepers play a key role in helping to keep this treasured piece of Michigan maritime history alive.
The Keepers’ Quarters is well equipped with all the essentials needed to have a comfortable stay. The area the keeper stays has: kitchen appliances, dishes, cooking utensils, small appliances (coffee maker, toaster, microwave, crock pot, etc.), ironing board and iron, cleaning supplies, and even a washer and a dryer. There is free WIFI, a television with cable service, and plenty of space. Keepers provide their own bed sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, and food. The living quarters are heated, but not air-conditioned (we have fans).
Mission Point Lighthouse keepers are two adults or occasionally we can schedule up to 4 keepers. The bedroom has two single beds, which can be kept together for a couple or spread apart for friends or other relations. We also have a sleeper sofa in the living room. Children and pets are not allowed. Keepers are welcome to have friends or family visit the lighthouse in the evenings (after 5pm), but guests are not to overnight at the lighthouse.
While the responsibilities are not difficult, Lighthouse Keepers do need to be able to climb the 37 steps to the tower to clean the windows and to sweep and vacuum daily. Keepers are also expected to perform some very simple ground maintenance on the lighthouse property only (not mowing); light housekeeping and if time permits, a choice of maintenance projects (painting, minor repairs, etc.). We enjoy keepers with talents/experience that can benefit our historic property. Keepers also encourage and maintain visitation records; help with inventory maintenance and similar retail duties. Our retail tasks are very simple with the Square POS on WIFI/Bluetooth system, tax is included and all items are priced simply so giving change is easy. Of course, keepers need to be friendly and helpful to all visitors.
The weekly schedule is Tuesday to Tuesday with arrival and departure in the late morning. One day off (Monday) is given each week. Upon arrival, the keepers will be trained for a few hours and given a tour of the house and grounds so everything is clear and understood. (Cost is $200 for the week and $370 for 2 consecutive weeks if qualified.) A 2-week stay or more is happily encouraged, especially for keepers with lighthouse keeper or retail experience.
If you embrace snow and northern Michigan winters, you are welcome to be a keeper in our closed season December through April. All the same responsibilities are needed but no retail hours in the gift shop are required. So winter keepers can stay alone if interested. In the off-season, we can accommodate weekend-only stays for $75. Of course, the weekly schedule off-season can be any days since the shop is not open.
Mission Point Lighthouse is a State and National Historic Site.
Pets and children can not stay at the lighthouse. Keepers are expected to be neat, well groomed, and appropriately attired when on duty. While keepers may certainly leave after the lighthouse is closed for the day, keepers are expected to sleep in the lighthouse each night of their stay.
Information about the history of Mission Point Lighthouse, as well as retail training, are both provided. There is private access parking available directly behind the lighthouse for keepers. Camping or use of motor homes is not permitted. Many keepers choose to bring bikes or kayaks and we have a garage for storage use.
How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming a Lighthouse Keeper at Mission Point Lighthouse, you are not alone. We receive several applications monthly. Please click HERE for the application procedures and HERE for the handbook. Be sure to read the entire handbook completely before applying. For in-season keepers, you must apply with a partner. For the off-season keepers, you can apply alone and some of the information in the Keeper Handbook will not apply. You can also view the keeper calendar on this website at the keeper calendar tab.
The selection of keepers and all scheduling on the calendar is by the discretion of the Mission Point Lighthouse Manager. If you have further questions in becoming a keeper at our unique lighthouse,
please email Ginger Schultz, Part-time Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (231) 645-0759.