Muskegon Lights Volunteer Recruitment Meeting:
Scheduled each Spring at NOAA Station, 1431 Beach Street, Muskegon, MI 49441. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or just come that evening to learn more about volunteering and climb the lighthouse! Call 844-MLIGHTS or email us for more information, or follow the event on Muskegon South Pierhead Light on Facebook.
Nearly 115 years of constant use and weathering the elements have left the Muskegon lights in need of critical repairs. We plan to kickoff a capital campaign in 2018 to raise the necessary funds for complete restoration. Volunteers are needed for a crucial portion of this plan- the opening of the lighthouse for tower tours in the 2017 season: 1-5 pm on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, and Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
You can get involved and learn more at the United Way Volunteer Get Connected website.
Become a Volunteer Lighthouse Keeper!
Muskegon South Pierhead Light – Open for Tower Tours in 2017
The primary responsibilities of Volunteer Keepers include the following: Volunteers greet visitors to the lighthouse and provide historical information about the lighthouses. Everyone receives complete training in advance, and they may be asked to operate the lighthouse gift shop, accept admissions fees and give tours to the top of the towers. Volunteers may be busy, dependent on the day and the weather. Keepers who are on site during the spring and fall months may also be asked to provide student tours and programs for large numbers of school groups. Volunteers are asked to learn basic historic information about our lighthouses. They must be energetic, friendly and feel comfortable speaking to the public. While it is preferable they can climb the stairs of the tower and handle money in the gift shop, there are various other opportunities that exist to meet everyone’s needs and abilities. Volunteers provide visitors with a fun, informative and educational experience at the Muskegon lighthouses.
Muskegon Lights History:
The 1903 Muskegon South Pierhead Light (MSPL) boasts a reused lantern room from the 1871 lighthouse, honoring unique historic facets of its past. The MSPL is open for regular tours in 2017. See our TOURS page for hours of operation.
The Muskegon South Breakwater Light (MSBL) was built in 1931. This lighthouse is closed due to intensive restoration needs. When the breakwater is accessible, visitors are welcome to walk to the base of this lighthouse for photo opportunities, but the tower is not currently open to the public.
Mother nature has taken her toll on both lighthouses since they were built, leaving the structures in need of extensive repair. Both lighthouses require complete interior and exterior restoration.
Plans for the Muskegon South Pierhead Light, where tours are given to raise funds and awareness, include some interior modifications for increased safety and accessibility. Plans are underway to broach work on the pier towards a few projects with the Army Corps of Engineers, such as construction of an ADA ramp and installation of a grating to cover the current tripping hazard and trench in the pier.
Alpena Lighthouse, The “Little Red” Light:
The Alpena Lighthouse is in need of volunteers for various activities such as fundraising, organizing and giving tours, planning special events, grant writing, publicity, general house keeping and cleaning the lighthouses interiors regularly, etc. Your volunteerism could be a “one-shot” contribution or a regularly scheduled donation of your talents.
We hope to locate dedicated community residents and volunteers to not only help restore these historic treasures, but doing so will create a new community resource for both children and adults. With your help, we will succeed in preserving and maintaining these historic properties for your use.
NOTE: At this time, there is no lodging available of any type at the lighthouses, and volunteers must provide their own lodging and food for Tours of Duty as Volunteer Lighthouse Keepers.
Your Rights as a Volunteer:
MLC abides by the Volunteer Protection Act.
MLC Discrimination Policy:
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy prohibits discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. The lighthouse towers are not ADA accessible for example, but other volunteer opportunities exist.
Privacy Act Statement:
Collection and use of personal information is for use by Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy only. The data will be used to maintain official records of volunteers and not shared outside of Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.