Tawas Point Lighthouse looking for summer volunteer keepers

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EAST TAWAS, Mich (WJRT) (12/4/2017) - Looking for a unique vacation and service opportunity for next summer?

The Tawas Point Lighthouse near East Tawas is looking for couples and groups of three or four adults to volunteer as lighthouse keepers for two-week stretches from May 16 to Oct. 16.

Volunteer keepers get to stay for free on the second floor of the lighthouse keepers quarters, which dates back to 1876, at the base of the lighthouse. Accommodations include two bedrooms sleeping up to four adults and modern kitchen, bath and laundry facilities.

In exchange, volunteer keepers help promote the lighthouse's history to visitors and help preserve the site. Participants are asked to provide about 35 hours of work each week around the lighthouse grounds.

"The Tawas area is known as Michigan's Cape Cod," said Hillary Pine, Tawas Point Lighthouse historian. "It's a lovely area favored by bird-watchers, anglers, history enthusiasts and others. We make sure our volunteer lighthouse keepers have plenty of time to enjoy Lake Huron, Tawas Bay and other recreational opportunities."

Keeper duties include greeting visitors, giving tours, providing information about the lighthouse and routine cleaning and maintenance. While some knowledge of lighthouse or Great Lakes maritime history is helpful, it would not be required.

"We give our volunteer lighthouse keepers historical information and on-site orientation to help prepare them for their experience," Pine said. "They take great pride in helping to promote and preserve the lighthouse – and who wouldn't love waking up to the beautiful view of the bay that they enjoy every day?"

The application and additional information about the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program is available at www.michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse. For more information about program, send e-mail to DNR-tawaskeepers@michigan.gov.

The application period is open through Feb. 2, 2018.

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