Volunteer Opportunities

WORK DAYS ~ Sometimes in Spring and again in the Fall

Watch for the Spring and/or Fall workdays. If you would like to be contacted, get in touch with Sheri at sheri@woodislandlighthouse.org. Come join us for a few hours on the island to work and improve  the island and lighthouse for our visitors. Woodchucks work every Tuesday, departing at 9:00 am from Vine’s Landing returning at noon. If you would like to be contacted about any Woodchuck cancellations get in touch with Sheri at sheri@woodislandlighthouse.org.  If you have a group who would like to do community service on the island also contact Sheri.

There are many ways in which individuals can volunteer to help the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse. We have many enthusiastic and friendly individuals who give a little, to a lot of their time volunteering for FOWIL. Many who volunteer, volunteer their particular work skills and experiences to benefiting the mission of the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse. Check-out our newsletter and news pages for upcoming volunteer opportunities. Below, are listed just a few of the ways in which individuals can volunteer with the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse. Join FOWIL today and consider volunteering.


“Lightrunner” Crew

As an island lighthouse, transportation to and from the island is a very important part of our organization. We have a team of volunteers who crew and pilot our custome made boat to and from the island. The crew is crucial in all our island activities from transporting the 40 to 50 plus tours to the island in season, transporting the Woodchucks and contractors, and moving supplies. The crew person  or “stern man” assists the Captain with the operation of the boat and helps passengers on and off. Training is provided. Our season is July and August. If you have previous boating experience and enjoy being on the water, than crewing may be a volunteer opportunity for you. If you are interested, please contact seanmurphy@maine.rr.com .


Lighthouse Docents

If you enjoy history and talking with people of all ages, becoming a docent is another way to volunteer. Docents meet tour participants (17 people max) at Vine’s Landing, and ride with their tour group to and from the island, and lighthouse while sharing stories about the island. Docents educate their group about the rich history of Wood Island lighthouse and FOWILs mission, along with answering the many questions that excited visitors have. Docents also look out for the safety of our visitors and ensure that they make timely progress to keep on our boat schedule. Docents will become familiar with the lighthouse’s history through materials provided by FOWIL and through shadowing an experienced docent. Questions may be referred to fowil2008@yahoo.com.


Tower Guides

If your Guides are physical active docents primary responsibility is to lead tour groups of up 6 people into the lantern room of the lighthouse. Climbing the spiral staircase to the view at from the top of the tower is the highlight of our tours. The Tower Guide shares information about the tower, lantern room, the light, and the view from the top of the tower, while ensuring that everyone safely climbs the tower stairs. Between tour groups, the Tower Guide may also take additional individuals who have traveled to the island by their own boats, up the tower. During a normal tour day the Tower guide may climb the tower stairs up to 3 to 6 times.


Merchandise Sales

From shirts, hats, and fleece vests to booklets, note-cards, and tote bags, FOWIL offers a variety of items that we sell to the general public. Volunteers assist in selling these items at FOWIL events and tour days.


Spring / Fall Work Days

A work day is traditionally held in the Spring and/or Fall to both prepare the lighthouse for start and end of the summer tour season. The Spring workday typically involves cleaning the lighthouse and grounds, as well as repairing any damage that may have occurred to the boat ramp, boardwalk, and grounds during the winter months. Setting up the multiple displays inside the lighthouse, also takes place. On the Fall workday, the lighthouse is closed up and prepared for the winter months. Quite often one or two special projects may take place as well on these days. These are usually half to full workdays, so participants will often pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the island. Check the events page for upcoming work days.


Wood Chucks & Wood Chicks

The “Wood Chucks” are a group of individuals that perform weekly summer maintenance on the grounds around Wood Island Lighthouse during July and August. Projects may include mowing the grass, planting flowers, trimming bushes alongside the boardwalk, and painting. The Wood Chucks head-out to the light, usually in the morning, on midweek, non-tour days.


History Group

The history group researches the long and rich history of Wood Island Lighthouse. Their extensive work is transformed into informational displays, booklets, posted information on this website, special events, and passed on from researcher to tour guides and guests.


Tour Reservations

FOWIL’s tour reservation phone line is managed entirely by a few dedicated volunteers. These volunteers answer our tour reservation phone line, signing up people for tours and answering questions about the tours and FOWIL. If you think you might me interested and want to find out more – contact Sheri at sheri@woodislandlighthouse.org.



FOWIL has had a long traditional of putting on special fundraising events that have been enjoyed by many people over the years. These have included several art auction events, and haunting events. These special events take significant volunteer participation to pull off, and include a variety of tasks for volunteers to assist in.