According to Thrillest, The East Brother Light Station is offering a dream job for two. The light station has been receiving an overwhelming number of emails and Facebook messages from a number of people enamoured with the romantic idea of living in an island and earning $130 000 (R1 795 820).
It seems this might just be the kind of fresh start a lot of people are looking for this New Year.
The post is strictly for two people who must apply together; there's no television, no internet and a population of two.
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“The keepers are usually a couple, as the living quarters are small, and you'll be spending a lot of time around each other for the next couple of years,” they wrote on Facebook.
The current couple operators, Che Rodgers and Jillian Meeker will hand over the keys in April after working and living in the island for 40 years. Jillian is a culinarian while Che is an experienced boatman.
The island life
The Victorian lighthouse which stands atop the small island is owned by the US Coast Guard and maintained by a non-profit group East Brother Lighthouse Inc. Speaking to CNN Travel, Che says it’s a fantastic job.
According to their website, the island has spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, and seems to be a world away from the lights and nearby cities.
Getting to the island includes climbing from a boat, up a vertical ladder which is sometimes almost four metres high depending on the tide.
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Imagine an island moored to the middle of the ocean — there’s no TV, no internet and a population of two. Perched in the Northernmost corner of the #SanFrancisco Bay is a three-quarters of a mile island best known as East Brother Light Station. It was built in 1873 and has since become a local bed and breakfast. #BayArea #Richmond #EastBrotherLightStation #Island #Drone #PhantomDrone #womenwhodrone
They describe the island as an adventuresome outdoor experience, where you can sit and watch big ships and little seals cruise by. You can also gaze at thebirds or the rushing tide below the dock.
“There’s a sense of intimacy there and a feeling of remoteness, even though it’s just a short distance to the mainland,” says Doug McConnell a guest who was reviewing the island.
The experience needed
You must have a U.S. Coast Guard commercial boat operator’s license and that is non-negotiable. “If you do not have a license, you cannot legally ferry passengers to and from the island,” they wrote.
The other job requirement is that you must be an experienced cook and a fine housekeeper. The inn is also used to host weddings and other special events, so you need to have an outgoing personality and be able to make people feel at home.
You’ll also be giving guests the full tour of the island, so you need to be a cheerful person.
The most important requirement we think, is that whoever you choose as your companion needs to be someone you get along with well, because you’ll be spending a lot of time with them.
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