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 are well equipped with all the essentials needed to have a comfortable stay. The keeper quarters area has: kitchen appliances, dishes, cooking utensils, small appliances (coffee maker, toaster, microwave, 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).
The maximum occupancy of Mission Point Lighthouse is two adults. The bedroom has two single beds, which can be kept together for a couple or spread apart for friends or other relations. Children and pets are not allowed. Keepers are welcome to have friends or family visit the lighthouse in the evenings, 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 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.). 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 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. (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 November through April. All the same responsibilities are needed but no retail hours in the gift shop are required, except weekends in November. So winter keepers can stay alone if interested. In the off-season, we can accommodate weekend-only stays for $75.
Mission Point Lighthouse is a State and National Historic Site. Therefore, smoking, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in or on the premises. 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 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.
How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming a Lighthouse Keeper at Mission Point Lighthouse, please click HERE for the application procedures and HERE for the handbook. Be sure to read the entire handbook completely before applying. 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, Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (231) 645-0759.