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Dream of Being a Lighthouse Keeper? There’s a Volunteer Opportunity in Michigan

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for volunteers to be a lighthouse keeper at Tawas Point Lighthouse this summer.

The 1876 lighthouse, located at Tawas State Park, utilizes volunteer keepers. The 2016 program will run from May 12 through Oct. 13.

Keepers conduct guided tours of the lighthouse in exchange for free housing on-site. In addition, volunteers greet visitors, offer information on the lighthouse and the Tawas area and perform light maintenance.

The lighthouse is open for tours Thursday through Monday, from mid-May to Labor Day. From Labor Day to mid-October, tours are offered Friday through Sunday.

Two to three volunteer lighthouse keepers are needed for two-week periods, which is the minimum commitment. Volunteers work about 35 hours a week.

Accommodations for volunteers are in the dwelling attached to the lighthouse on the second story. These include two bedrooms, kitchen, shower and bath. Volunteers who can stay four weeks or more will be given preference.

Those interested should fill out an application. Application reviews will begin Feb. 16.

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Dream of Being a Lighthouse Keeper? There’s a Volunteer Opportunity in Michigan