HA fear of heights is rather bad for this job, but knowledge of tides, shipping and the Wadden Sea comes in handy: the small East Frisian island of Wangerooge is looking for a new lighthouse keeper for its old lighthouse. According to the municipality's job advertisement, job applicants should also be physically fit. “You have to be able to walk 161 steps at least twice a day,” Wangerooge's general representative Rieka Beewen told the German Press Agency. Because it is necessary, for example, to open and close. “And if in doubt, you have to go up a third time.” The 39 meter high red, white and black lighthouse is one of the attractions of the North Sea island.
By the way, applicants do not need to be familiar with lighting technology, as the old lighthouse has not been in operation since 1969. The old lighthouse has been in use as an observation deck since 1972. The island museum is also located on the first floor.
According to the job description, the duties of the lighthouse keeper include: ticket sales, entrance control, maintenance of the green areas at the lighthouse and selling souvenirs. “Skilled craftsmanship comes in handy because there is always a bit of work to be done on such an old building,” added spa director Beewen.
The lighthouse was recently closed for restoration. Now we should start again step by step: first the museum should open, then the tower stairs again. Couples can also once again exchange vows in the lighthouse keeper's former guard room.
However, the future lighthouse keeper cannot live in a listed building. “There really isn't enough room in the lighthouse for that,” Beewen said. Housing is in short supply on all the East Frisian islands. But the community will help you find accommodation.