On the Island

Spring Volunteers Needed!

Star Island needs you! We depend on volunteers who love the island to keep it well-maintained and spring is a magical time to be experience it all. New and old shoalers alike are welcome. We deeply appreciate your interest and hope to see you at Star Island in 2016.  The deadline to apply is March 20 – don’t miss out! 

Each spring volunteers help the Star Island staff prepare the island for summer conferences. Star Island Spring volunteer positions are physical in nature. Requirements can include, but are not limited to, lifting up to 50 pounds at a time. If you have difficulties with climbing stairs or lifting objects, consider volunteering in the summer when we have less physically demanding work available for volunteers, and when we are also very grateful to have volunteer help.

In the spring winterized systems are not yet up and running, and facilities are limited. As a result, spring volunteer weekends are limited to about 20-30 people with the exception of Memorial Day weekend, when we can have as many as 60 people on the island. For the first two weekends in May we seek people who have volunteered before during the spring, and are familiar with Star Island and the pre-season work. We also seek people with professional skills in areas needed, such as carpentry and engineering. During the two weekends in June work will focus on deep cleaning of living spaces. These last two weeks are open to experienced volunteers and also open to people who haven’t volunteered before.

While there will be time to relax and socialize in the evening, you should come prepared to put in 8 hours of old-fashioned hard work each day.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

We seek people who want to give something back to the island they love. This is no vacation, but is a wonderful way to experience Star Island with others who share that love.

2016 Spring Volunteering Dates

  • May 13 -15
  • May 20 – 22
  • May 27 – 30
  • June 3 – 5
  • June 10 – 12
  • June 13-18 (We need experienced past Pelicans only to help while new Pelicans are in training)

Click here for the spring volunteer application.

If you have any questions, contact Linda Leehman, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@starisland.org.


Photo: Sean D. Elliot

Star Island Corporation

Star Island Hiring Museum Interns for 2016

Star Island Corporation seeks two museum studies interns to fulfill the requirements of our IMLS grant for Thaxter Museum collections during June, July and August, 2016.

The Star Island Conference and Retreat Center on the Isles of Shoals represents moments in the history of New England fundamental to an understanding of our American heritage. This unique island hosts conferences, retreaters, day visitors and researchers who visit and use the Thaxter Museum. The persons hired will learn the fascinating history of Star Island and the Isles of Shoals from its origin as a 1600s fishing village, to its fame as an 1800s resort and its present day role as a conference center. Read more…

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Jeffrey Spoor Wins Star Island Veterans Raffle

Jeffrey Spoor recently won the Star Island Veterans Raffle

On Monday, December 14, Star Island drew Jeffrey Spoor’s name from among over 70 entries in the non-profit’s third annual Veterans Raffle. Spoor, a Navy and Army National Guard veteran, wins a free week-long stay on Star Island during the 2016 summer.

“What veterans give to our community, including Mr. Spoor, can never be truly repaid,” said Star Island CEO Joe Watts. “But we hope our bit of appreciation through this raffle provides a meaningful experience to last a lifetime.”

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LCHIP Awards Star Island $100k Grant for Oceanic Hotel


The New Hampshire Land & Community Heritage Investment Program has awarded Star Island’s Oceanic Hotel $100,000 for historic preservation. The funds will go towards replacing siding on the Victorian Era hotel located on the second largest of the Isles of Shoals. The 2016 grant is the largest ever received by Star Island to help preserve the hotel. NH Governor Maggie Hassan presented the awards in Concord on December 15th.

“Star Island is grateful for LCHIP backing this important project,” said Star Island CEO Joe Watts. “This financial support helps us make improvements to the historic hotel so it can withstand severe weather and an ocean environment. Star Island’s Oceanic Hotel is a Seacoast treasure that welcomes thousands of visitors each summer. We are pleased the state shares our view that the Oceanic deserves community support.” Read more…


Star Island Receives $6k Grant from NEH

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On December 14, Star Island received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to strengthen the care of artifacts in the Celia Thaxter Museum located on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals.

This $6,000 grant from the NEH’s Preservation Assistance Grant program will go towards strengthening the facilities and staffing needed to ensure proper care for artifacts in the Celia Thaxter Museum. Read more…