If you’re a firm believer that modern conveniences like Wi-Fi and cell service are overrated, happen to be on the job market, and are looking for a $130,000 annual salary, we’ve got an opportunity for you.
More specifically, the East Brother Light Station, located on a small island in the middle of the San Pablo Bay off San Francisco, has an opportunity for you.
The island is home to both a lighthouse and a small inn that operates four days a week year-round. Its current keepers, Che Rodgers and Jillian Meeker, are moving on from their roles and are actively seeking their replacements.
While this is most certainly a dream gig for anyone in the hospitality space, it does come with a fair amount of work. According to SFGate, applicants must be willing and ready take on basically every role in the inn including housekeeping, bookkeeping, front desk work, and last but most certainly not least, the job of ferrying the guests to and from the island.
“As much as we would like to call ourselves lighthouse keepers, that’s definitely not in our duties out here. We’re responsible for running the operations of the bed and breakfast,” Meeker told NBC in August. “Which pretty much entails everything from running the reservation system to cooking, answering the phones, cleaning, running the boat. Everything that goes into, well not all of the maintenance … but as far as innkeeping goes it really is just the two of us.”
The only thing some may want to be wary of is the fact that it is indeed rather isolated, but that was OK with Meeker.
“There is no access to Wi-Fi out here, there is no television, which again, when I tell people about that who aren’t on the island, they tend to ask, ‘Do you guys get bored, do you get super cut off,’ and the answer is absolutely not,” she said. “Before we came out here, we might have been a bit nervous about that. But it hasn’t been a huge hindrance. Boredom is not an issue.”
To qualify for the job, the applicant must be a couple and one person must possess a Coast Guard commercial boat operator's license, according to the not-for-profit which operates the location. In addition, “high-quality culinary experience and capability will be a critical qualification.” The chosen candidates will start in mid-April of 2019.
For all that work, the new keepers will get room and board and will enter into a revenue sharing model with the non-profit, which typically equates to $130,000 a year, though the salary could go higher if the new operators do a good job of marketing the property. Interested in applying? Just make sure your Coast Guard license is up to date and download the application here.