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Volunteering on Lake Superior

Be keeper of the light or a modern voyageur.

The lighthouse on Sand Island.

© Beth Gauper

If you want to live in a lighthouse this summer, January is the time to shine a light on your qualifications.

The national-park service has posted volunteer positions at national parks and monuments around the nation, and some of the most enticing are on Lake Superior.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has the most lighthouses and the most keeper positions, on Devils, Michigan and Sand (pictured) islands. The park service also needs live-in helpers on Oak and Manitou islands.

In Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the remote Au Sable Light needs a volunteer keeper.

The park service also is looking for tour guides and wilderness rangers on Isle Royale and fur-trade interpreters at Grand Portage National Monument. If you've got the time, seize the moment.

For more, see Volunteer vacations and Living in a lighthouse.

Last updated on January 12, 2012