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Volunteer lighthouse keepers needed for 2017

December 19, 2016 GMT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lighthouse keeper?

The Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers invites you step back in time and fulfill your dream. SPLKA is a nonprofit organization that manages four iconic Western Michigan Lighthouses. SPLKA relies on volunteers to man and operate the lighthouses to help fulfill their mission of “keeping their lighthouses accessible to the public.”

Our volunteers are just like you. They are teachers, business executives, parents, retirees and college students — you name it. The one thing they all have in common is the love for lighthouses and a dedication to preserving our rich maritime history. SPLKA has summer openings for Volunteer Keepers at Big Sable Lighthouse in Ludington State Park, the Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse in Ludington and the Little Sable Point Lighthouse in the Silver Lake State Park. Volunteers serve for two week tours at Big Sable and one week tours at the other two lights. Duties include greeting guests, selling the tower climbs, running the gift shop and helping our guests step back in time as the enjoy their visit to the lighthouse. For local residents and those not wishing for a long commitment SPLKA offers 1/2 day or full day keeper positions on Monday’s and Thursday’s at both Little Sable and the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouses. SPLKA provides housing for your week or two week long stay, training for all positions along with the opportunity to enjoy visitors from all over the world. For more information in fulfilling your dream contact Rachel Bendele at splkaoperations@gamail.com, (231) 845-7417 or visit our web site www.splka.org. Our mission is to preserve, promote and educate the public and make our lighthouses accessible.