Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following questions are asked a lot, hence the name FAQs, but if you have another question that is not answered here, please contact me, or leave a comment/question below, and I will pass it on to a real live BC lighthouse keeper for an answer, and post the question and answer here.
1. Can a husband and wife team be hired these days?
Yes, but only one of them will be on pay.
2. Can a wife find work on the lighthouse?
Once trained, yes, usually when the station is short one person due to holidays or medical emergencies when the other keeper must leave with his family.
3. Can a woman become a lighthouse keeper?
Yes, the PSC “promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman” – see here.
4. If I indicate that I am a woman, does this give me more of an advantage?
No, the PSC selects each person based on knowledge, ability and personal suitability – see here.
5. If my wife and I both applied and won would we be sent to the same lighthouse?
No, there is only one principal and one assistant keeper per station, and as you would be just starting, you would be hired as an Assistant – see Job Requirements.
6. If my wife and I were sent to different lighthouses could we have time off together?
Yes, if approved by the department and if it fit in with other station leave plans.
7. Don’t you get bored or lonely on a lighthouse?
Only if you make it so. – see Don’t You Get Bored?
8. Are any BC lighthouses open as a Bed and Breakfast (B&B)?
To date (November 2011) there are twenty-seven (27) manned lighthouses on the British Columbia coast, and not one is open as a B&B. Sorry.