Lighthouse Keeper Job Resources

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Photo credit: Debbie Dolphin ©2008..
Graves Lighthouse, Boston Harbor

Since the beginning of 2009, many people have been searching for Lighthouse Keeper Jobs. Unfortunately, Lighthouse Keeper Jobs are scarce and many jobs are part-time seasonal jobs or volunteer vacation experiences. This post is a resource for locating the Lighthouse Keeper Jobs in New England and the United States that are currently known to exist.

Please note that Lighthouse Keeper Jobs may be subject to change by the organizations who offer the Lighthouse Caretaker programs(1). For more information about their programs, please visit their Contact links or contact them directly.

The Lighthouse Links contain information about the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keeper or Caretaker jobs.

blue_starNew England Lighthouses with Caretaker jobs:

01. Boston Harbor Lighthouse – Massachusetts
The official government Lighthouse Keeper job requires the most qualifications. Contact the U.S. Coast Guard Office, First District

02. Cape Ann Light Station on Thacher Island, Massachusetts
Summer job positions. Contact the Thacher Island Association

03. Scituate Lighthouse – Massachusetts
Full time position. Contact The Scituate Historical Society

News Update, March 22, 2009:

According to a recent Boston Globe report, Scituate Lighthouse has a new Lightkeeper. Bob Gallagher has accepted the position of maintaining the historic lighthouse property and keeping the Beacon lit at night.

Emily Sweeney of the Boston Globe has written three excellent articles about the old historic lighthouse. To watch a video and read her stories, please click the following links:

Old Scituate Light has a new lightkeeper, March 19, 2009
Lighthouse living: Benefits and drawbacks of lighthouse living
Old Scituate’s Light’s first 198 years

04. Seguin Island Lighthouse – Maine
Two volunteer Caretakers live and work on the island from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Caretaker Job Description

05. Rose Island Lighthouse – Rhode Island
Volunteer to be a Lighthouse Keeper during a working vacation. For more information, please visit the Volunteer Vacations web page.

blue_starUnited States Lighthouses with Caretaker jobs:

01. Wind Point Lighthouse – Wisconsin
Full-time Lighthouse Caretaker. Contact the Wind Point Village Board in Racine, Wisconsin

02. Port Isabel Lighthouse – Texas
Lighthouse Keeper/Museum Aid, Job Salary Information Post and Lighthouse Information Post
Contact The City of Port Isabel

03. New Dungeness Light Station – Washington
Volunteer Light-keepers pay a fee to work one week. Members can Contact the New Dungeness Light Station Association

04. Tawas Point Lighthouse – Michigan
Vacationing volunteers work as guest Light-keepers. Contact the Tawas Point Lighthouse Museum Store at (989) 362-5658 or the Tawas Point State Park at (989) 362-5041.

For more information on Lighthouse Keeper Programs, please visit the United States Lighthouse Society‘s Where Can I Be A Light Keeper? web page.

Footnotes:
(1) The latest news about the termination of the other two New England Lighthouse Caretaker jobs:

In late 2007, the Beavertail Lighthouse Caretaker license agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard was not renewed by the town of Jamestown. In 2008, the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association was seeking permission to “hire” security volunteers to watch over the historic Lighthouse and buildings.

In 2003, the Caretaker of the island living in the Keeper’s quarters of Great Captain Island Lighthouse left the island when the structure became unsafe. The town of Greenwich was hoping to restore the interior of the lighthouse in 2008 and the exterior in 2009.

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About Debbie Dolphin

Lighthouse author and photographer living in New England

Posted on March 16, 2009, in Lighthouse Keepers, Preservation News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Im going this summer again to the Montauk Lighthouse. I love the beaches and water there also. Great place to visit.

    • Debbie Dolphin

      Hi Mike,

      Will you use digital photography?

      If you do, please forward a link to the new Montauk Lighthouse Photos.

  2. speedcathollydale

    I am out in the harbor swimming …

  3. I recently wrote a story and made a video about Old Scituate Light. It has a pretty interesting history…and a new lightkeeper. You can read my article and watch the video here:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/03/19/new_keeper_for_very_old_lighthouse/

    …there’s also a sidebar:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/03/19/benefits_and_drawbacks_of_lighthouse_living

    ….and a timeline:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/03/19/old_scituates_lights_first_198_years

    • Debbie Dolphin

      Hi Emily Sweeney,

      Thank you for your news about the new Lightkeeper at Scituate Lighthouse.

      Links to your excellent news stories have been added to the post.

  4. Tim Horton’s !?!!!! …. I’ll take it!

    Honestly, being a lighthouse keeper sounds so stress free, and ultimately beautiful. Dream job for the dreamer. Racine, Wisconsin is not too far 😉

  5. supply my food booze and smokes and a visit from a female every now and then and you can stick me on an island with a lighthouse anytime..:)

    • Debbie Dolphin

      Sorry, Robert… Without a government Bailout, American Lighthouses ran out of deer meat, “Bud the Spud” Beer, and Cuban cigars.

      Maybe, Tim Hortons can supply all your Lighthouse Island needs? 😉

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