Two lighthouse keepers for Tiny Island in San Francisco Bay

  • Two caretakers of a historic lighthouse and hotel in San Francisco Bay are recruited.
  • The two-year post starts in April, pays $140,000 a year – but two people must apply together.
  • The successful applicant’s duties will include being a boat captain, cook and gift shop.

Tech giants may be laying off thousands of employees, but there’s one job in Northern California that’s still up for grabs — as long as you have a partner or friend to apply with.

East Brother Light Station is looking for two people to become lighthouse keepers for two years on the small island just off Point San Pablo in Richmond.

The joint role pays $140,000 a year and starts in April – but yes, there are only a few catches.

The historic 1873 buildings that house the inn and the general atmosphere of the island itself on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in San Francisco, California bed and breakfast at East Brother Light Station.

The buildings were erected in 1873.

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One applicant must have a valid captain’s certificate issued by the US Coast Guard. Oh, and if you smoke, have children or pets, don’t bother applying.

The successful applicants will have to work hard for their money. Lighthouse keepers must be an expert on the island that hosts both day trippers and overnight guests with rooms costing up to $525 a night.

You may regularly find yourself switching between coast guard, lighthouse operator, cleaner, maid, gift shop attendant, boat captain and cook. “High-quality culinary experience” is required to stand a chance, The Mercury News reported.

In the meantime, you also have to deal with no Wifi, spotty mobile reception and unclear plumbing.

Tiffany Danse and Tyler Waterson, two former innkeepers, estimate they worked about 80 to 90 hours a week maintaining the island between 2019 and 2021, they told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Owners Tiffany Danse (top) and Tyler Waterson (bottom) show off the lighthouse as they surround the lamp at the East Brother Light Station located on a small island just off Point San Pablo Harbor on Tuesday July 23, 2019 in Richmond, California.

Former hosts Tiffany Danse (left) and Tyler Waterson (right).

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Their average Saturday morning to-do list included: “Brew coffee. Bake fresh blueberry muffins. Prepare and serve hot breakfast for 10. Give historical tour and foghorn demonstration. Clean up breakfast dishes and kitchen. Reset dining room. Clean inn. Start preparing four-course dinner for 10 more people. Run boat service to mainland. Make beds. Run boat service to mainland again,” the Chronicle wrote.

Despite the grueling workload, Danse enjoyed her two years at East Brother.

“You can feel the space more out here. When you’re in the middle of town, everything feels a little tighter and more constricted, but out here it feels more spacious, which is ironic because you’re on a three-quarter acre rock,” she told the Chronicle.

Any “high quality” chefs and aspiring hoteliers who also know someone with a captain’s certificate and have a couple of years to spare can apply here.

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