Being a lighthouse keeper is not exactly a glamorous job, but it seems to appeal to a certain group of people.
There’s just something romantic about living alone by the shore, admiring your private ocean view in silence. If that’s always been your dream, you just might be in luck.
Not only is a secluded lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay hiring a new caretaker, but there’s also a $130,000 salary included to sweeten the deal.
The dream job posting comes from East Brother Light Station, a 0.7 acre speck of land in the bay where a Victorian lighthouse has been transformed into a bed and breakfast.
Four days a week, the Light Station welcomes guests to its five rooms, where amenities are few and far between but there are beautiful 360 degree ocean views to take in. Champagne, gourmet meals, and tours of the still-operational lighthouse also add to the destination’s charms.
In April, the island’s current caretakers will be leaving the inn for good, so they’ve started a search for their replacements.
But before you start packing your bags, note that the island's operators have a list of requirements for their new hires. And the very first one will dash any dreams you had of being the lonely lighthouse keeper out of some paperback novel.
"The successful candidates will be a couple, one of whom must possess a Coast Guard commercial boat operator's license," the Light Station said in a press release.
"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 in mid-April 2019, allowing two weeks for training."
Apparently, looking after the property is no small task, because the sea air isn’t kind to the inn’s buildings. And bear in mind: the island has no Wi-Fi or TV connection to distract yourself with.
Despite the demanding standards, the nonprofit organization that runs the inn has been swamped with applications since posting the ad this weekend. The $130,000 salary - which is actually split between the couple - could explain some of the interest.
If you think you have what it takes to keep the lighthouse in good shape, or you really need a change of scenery, you can download an application for the job here.
[H/T: Fox News]