East Brother Light Station. Photo courtesy of Tom Butt.
There’s a job opening now available in Richmond that includes nice compensation and free room and board in one of the more picturesque work locales imaginable.
Before you get too excited, be aware that the position of lighthouse keeper on Brother Island off the Richmond shoreline has some specialized requirements that will eliminate many would-be applicants, most noticeably the need to have a valid U.S. Coast Guard commercial operators license for a boat carrying at least six passengers.
Applicants must also be a couple (not necessarily married) who have the skills needed to manage the most exclusive bed and breakfast in the Bay Area. Experience in the hospitality industry is helpful but not required.
“After a very successful stint highlighted by bringing culinary offerings to a new high, Lighthouse Keepers Peter Berkhout and Dina Kashou will be moving on to new careers in June of 2012,” writes Tom Butt, President of the nonprofit East Brother Light Station Inc.
Here is the text of the job announcement released Friday:
East Brother Light Station, Inc., a non-profit corporation, is seeking applicants for Keepers of East Brother Light Station, an island in San Francisco Bay that is the home of an intact 1874 lighthouse and fog signal. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard but maintained for public use by the non-profit corporation. Since 1979, it has been operated as one of California’s best-known and unique bed and breakfast inns. The income from operations is used by a group of volunteers to maintain the buildings, which are both a California State Historical Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The successful candidates will be a couple, one of whom must possess a Coast Guard commercial boat operator’s license. They will operate the five-room inn, serving both dinner and breakfast, as well as providing ferry service for guests and all other tasks from chef to maid. High quality culinary experience and capability will be a critical qualification. The inn is open four days a week, and the island is also available for day use and special events. The new keepers will start about June 1, 2012.
Compensation is a function of the level of business, but has ranged in the $60,000 – $100,000 range for the couple, depending on occupancy level and the economy. The current level is $approximately $90,000. Compensation includes a health plan and living quarters on the island.
For additional information about East Brother Light Station, see www.ebls.org. For videos, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-4s5sKwgcE, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncb-oNrZO5Q and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vam9vcXSJ1c&feature=related.
Applicants can download an application by clicking here or entering http://www.tombutt.com/pdf/keeper_application.dot in your browser.
Email completed application with proof of Coast Guard license to Tom Butt, East Brother Light Station, 117 Park Place, Richmond, CA 94801 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, no phone calls from potential applicants. Email questions only to email@example.com.