Bodie Island Lighthouse Volunteer Tour Assistant Program
The National Park Service is currently accepting applications from members of the local communities to volunteer at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and assist with tour operations in 2014.
"Since opening the Bodie Island Lighthouse for public tours last summer, there has been much interest in volunteer opportunities. Taking care of the lighthouse and welcoming visitors was a duty of the lighthouse keepers, many of whom were from our communities. This volunteer program will provide an opportunity for local citizens to continue this caretaking tradition," stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble.
Volunteer duties will include assisting ranger staff with lighthouse tours; taking wind, temperature, and humidity readings; helping visitors exit the lighthouse due to discomfort with heights; and answering visitor questions at the base and balcony of the lighthouse. In addition, just as the lighthouse keepers did historically, there would be some cleaning duties inside the tower.
Volunteers must be able to climb the lighthouse multiple times per each 4.5-hour shift and commit to at least one shift per week from the beginning of May through Columbus Day in October. There will be a volunteer open house at the lighthouse in late March and a three-day mandatory volunteer training provided the second week of May.
There are a limited number of volunteer positions available. Housing/trailer pads are not available.
Applications are due March 20, 2014. After March 20, please contact Patrick Gamman at 252-473-2111.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.