Volunteers are the life blood of the Lighthouse. Without volunteers, Five Finger Light would have to remain closed and would soon fall into disrepair. We are always looking for adventuresome souls who want to help out in what is sure to be a life-transforming experience. Even those who come ashore for a few hours to visit are moved by the scenic beauty and wildlife surrounding this unique microcosm of a Southeast Alaska marine environment.
Getting here is not simple, we are a four hour boat ride from Petersburg Alaska. The lighthouse does not have a vessel stationed full time at the light that can act as a ferry service for volunteers. We do occasionally have supply runs coming from Juneau and there is the possibility of connecting with one of those. Otherwise a local charter operator in Petersburg has to be hired to get to the light. In the past, people have also used helicopters and sea planes to get to and from the light.
Volunteers are asked to put in four hours of work a day. The rest of the long Alaskan summer days can be spent walking the island, studying the local flora and fauna and simply taking in the magnificent view. Those who act in the official capacity of lighthouse keepers generally put in longer days in upkeep of the light.
If you think you have what it takes to be a volunteer, we would love to have you. Use the contact page to notify us and the dates you think you would be available and we can send you more information about what is involved. Be sure to check out our blog pages for a behind the scenes look at the light.
Five Finger Lighthouse is typically open from late May to early September.