Dream Job Alert: Get Paid $130,000 as a Lighthouse Caretaker in San Francisco Bay

Frank Schulenburg, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
Frank Schulenburg, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

If you've ever dreamed of moving into a lighthouse on a tiny island, this may be your only chance to get paid to do it. As The San Francisco Chronicle reports, the current caretakers of the East Brother Light Station in San Francisco are looking for two people to take over the historical site—the only catch is that you must be willing to continue operating it as a bed and breakfast.

Built on a tiny island in San Pablo Bay (in the northern part of San Francisco Bay) in 1874, the lighthouse was saved from a planned demolition by a group of preservationists 100 years later. The site has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places and renovated into a five-room inn.

The current operators, Che Rodgers and Jillian Meeker, do everything necessary to keep the site running, including welcoming guests, serving meals, making supply runs, and keeping the place clean. Each of these responsibilities will be passed on to the new lighthouse keepers, who will also need to ferry guests back and forth from the inn by boat, so at least one of the new hires must have captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The pair who's willing and able to meet those requirements will be getting a total annual salary of about $130,000 and a new home in the East Brother Light Station. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit this application, with the job starting sometime in April.

[h/t The San Francisco Chronicle]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

This Is Not a Drill: Oscar Mayer's Wienermobile Is Hiring New Drivers for 2020

Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has had many navigators over its 84-year history, including performers and a race car driver. Now, the Oscar Mayer company is looking for a new generation of 'hotdoggers' to get behind the wheel of the iconic ride.

Food & Wine reports that applications are being accepted for the one-year position now through January 31. Hotdoggers tasked with commandeering the Wienermobile will be responsible for doing media interviews and appearing at grocery store and charity events across the country. The position is primarily a PR job, and candidates with a BA or BS in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising, or marketing are preferred.

Carl Mayer, Oscar Mayer's nephew, introduced the first Wienermobile in 1936, and today there are six vehicles on the road making up to 1400 stops a year. After disappearing for a couple decades, the Wienermobile was revived in 1986 for its 50th anniversary. Oscar Mayer hires 12 new hotdoggers each year and usually receives more than 1000 applications.

The job comes with benefits and a competitive salary in addition to the impressive title. The new hires must be ready to hit the road in June of this year; for a shot at becoming Oscar Mayer's next Wienermobile driver, apply by the end of the month here.

[h/t Food & Wine]