Lake County Historical Society - Staff

Museums | Research | Programs

The Lake County Historical Society has three fulltime staff people supported by seasonal employees and community volunteers. The staff is responsible for the business of the Society including operations of the museums, the gift shops, the Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, maintenace and repair of all buildings and grounds, archive management, research assistance and museum exhibit design.

Executive Director: Ellen Lynch
Managing Innkeeper: Melisa Swanson
Store & Sites Manager

Visitor Services Assistant (Seasonal)

Looking for a summer job that offers variety? Work as visitor services assistant at the Lake County Historical Society! The Lake County Historical Society operates three historic sites in Two Harbors: the Lighthouse, Depot, and 3M Birthplace museums. Visitor Service Assistants will be scheduled at one of the three sites typically between the hours of 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Visitor Services Assistants are anticipated to work every other weekend.

Duties Include:

  • Operate electronic cash register and credit card machine

  • Greet and assist customers to museum and store

  • Provide general information on local and regional history

  • Assist with maintaining the appearance of the store including replacing sold merchandise from inventory when possible.

  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to read and follow both written and verbal directions
  • Ability to speak clearly to small groups
  • Ability to operate a cash register, count and give correct change
  • Interest in working with people
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays as scheduled


Work at the historic Two Harbors lighthouse as a B&B innkeeper! The Innkeeper welcomes guests to the Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast by offering insights into local events and providing a brief history of the lighthouse. The innkeeper is also tasked with cleaning the lighthouse quarters, preparing breakfast for the guests, and laundering linens. Applicants must be able to negotiate stairs several times each day. Work schedule may include holidays and weekend shifts.

Duties include:

  • Welcome and assist guests to B&B rooms
  • Provide information on local history and events including the history of the lighthouse
  • Prepare, cook and serve breakfast and afternoon treats to guests
  • Clean and maintain the lighthouse facility including laundry of linens and dishwashing
  • Complete check-in paperwork and reservations when guests arrive
  • Prepare and/or stage supplies, linens and kitchen for next shift
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Support Lighthouse B&B activities and duties as required

Position Requirements

  • Ability to multi-task and be comfortable working in a team
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 45 pounds
  • Ability to negotiate stairs multiple times each day
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to follow recipes, cook and bake
  • Have an interest in local and regional history
  • Have a phone to keep in communication with Managing Innkeeper
  • Self-Motivated
  • Reliable mode of transportation recommended
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