Work & Volunteer

Star Island Corporation owns and operates Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire. The island is ten miles from mainland New Hampshire and is operated as a seasonal religious and educational conference facility. The Corporation generates and manages all its own utilities (water, waste, power) and operates its own first aid station. The island has 34 buildings including numerous historic hotel and guest housing buildings as well as utility buildings and meeting spaces. The Corporation also operates a transportation system for staff that comprises Corporation-owned and staffed boats as well as contracted ferry and boat resources. The Corporation employs 10 year-round staff people and between 100 and 120 seasonal staff people (“Pelicans”, largely college-aged) annually.

Star Island is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in regard to race, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

ANNUAL SEASONAL POSITIONS – “PELICANS”

Message from Star Island CEO Joe Watts:

My Pelican summers were some of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences of my life. It is always rewarding to see Pels bond with our guests, the island, and each other in ways that can last a lifetime.

So, what makes a successful Pelican? In addition to normal qualifications, like being reliable, responsible, hard-working and presentable, we seek candidates (18 years or older) who will be especially safe, cooperative, and respectful, who can thrive in the close working and living quarters of our remote setting.

Beyond these essential attributes, we will be strongly focused on candidates who would contribute to our mission of hospitality and participate in forming a healthy island-wide community.

We appreciate your consideration of what we are looking for in our Pelicans. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Joe Watts
Chief Executive Officer

Pelican Applications

Applicants who have not worked for Star before:

First Year Pelican Application

Returning Pelican applicants:

Returning Pelican Application

Warning: the on-line application form will time out after 10 minutes. If you do not receive a confirmation email your application has not submitted correctly.

Reference Forms

If you have never worked on Star Island, you must submit two reference forms. These could be from an employer/supervisor, professor, advisor or school guidance counselor, principal, teacher, minister or religious education director, etc. References from family members will not be considered. Additional peer or character references (beyond 2 required references) are encouraged.

Your application will be considered incomplete if both references are not received or postmarked by January 31st.

Please provide your references the reference form:

Online Reference Form Paper Reference Form

General Information for Pelican Applicants

Click Here to learn more about working on Star Island and for a description of each of the positions.

Selection Criteria

Click Here to learn how we select our Pelican staff from amongst a large pool of applicants.

Hiring Process Timeline

  • Application Deadline - January 29, 2018
  • Letter of interest regarding supervisory-level positions emailed to office@starisland.org (in addition to your application) - January 29, 2018
  • Reference Form Deadline (for new applicants) - January 31, 2018
  • Hiring Decisions Emailed to Applicants - by mid-March 2018

Please note: email communications regarding your application will be sent by our Office Manager, Kate Brady (kbrady@starisland.org). Please be sure you add her email address to your safe senders list so you do not miss out on any messages regarding employment with Star Island.

#pelicansarepelicans

Hear from past Pelicans about their experiences on Star Island:

A Busy Summer
A Pelican Summer: Music Director
A Pelican Summer: Bellhop Supervisor
Pelicans Take Flight (pg 38)

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Year-Round

There are no year-round staff positions open at this time.

 

Volunteers

Committee Volunteers

The Star Island Corporation (SIC) Personnel Committee is looking for new members for open positions starting in 2017. The Personnel Committee is charged by the Board to create and advise upon policy regarding the treatment of staff, compensation and benefits.

Coordinating with the CEO and Human Resource staff, it recommends and oversees the Corporation’s personnel policies, including evaluation procedures; monitors job descriptions for key management positions; and reviews personnel problems as they affect policies as requested by the CEO or the Board.

Ideal membership candidates would have knowledge and experience in the human resource area, including advising on employee issues, compensation and benefits, handling grievances, and creating a supportive, healthy work environment.

The Personnel Committee meets approximately 4 times per year, primarily by phone. Membership term is three years, with the potential to renew for another three.

If you are interested or would like to discuss the committee or suggest possible candidates, please contact either Committee on Appointments liaison Bethany Swanson at bethanyq@yahoo.com or 914-953-7061 or Personnel Committee Chair Debbie Duval at debbieduva@aol.com or 508-400-4616.

Summer Volunteers

 

Summer volunteers help support our seasonal operation in many ways as well as work on specific projects. Let us know if you are available to volunteer any time during our season (mid-June through mid-September), and we'll let you know if we have work to be done and room for you!

Specific times we know we will need volunteers:

  • June 9-17
  • August 19-September 18

Summer Volunteer Application

First, a couple ground rules:

  1. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Volunteering is essentially working for your room and board, so that means that volunteers need to be prepared to work, not just hang out. Unfortunately, if people don’t work when they’re supposed to be volunteering, they might not be allowed to come back, or they might have to pay for their stay.
  3. Likewise, Volunteers (like staff) are not allowed to attend conference events unless specifically invited by the conference. Volunteering is a way to contribute to the island, not a way to go to your conference for free.
  4. Having volunteers is always dependent on the island having enough housing for them. There are weeks during the summer when conferences use every guest room available. We can’t house volunteers during those times. These weeks are listed on the application.
  5. Volunteers work on many crews, such as Housekeeping, Gardening, Grounds, Dish Crew, etc. For more information about the positions that might be available please see the Volunteer Position Descriptions below.

What To Bring

We will supply you with bed linens and shower towels. You should bring personal medications, glasses (reading/sun), comfortable shoes, flashlight, sun block, battery operated alarm clock, hat and swim wear (optional). Be prepared for all weather conditions; it can be warm and muggy or cold and rainy. Layers work well. Clothes should be neat and comfortable. For jobs with which you have contact with guests, but please also bring some clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You might want to bring snacks and a water bottle, but if not, they can be purchased on island.

Lodging

Volunteers stay in rooms assigned by the on island Volunteer Coordinator and Island Registrar. While we would love to give everyone singles, space is limited so most of the time you will be sharing a room.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Grounds

Grounds work includes mowing the lawn, killing poison ivy and simple landscaping work. Assisting our groundskeeper may require use of power equipment for mowing and weed whacking.

Housekeeping and Laundry

Housekeeping is one of the largest areas of need on the island. Expect to be dusting, sweeping, mopping, and washing walls, windows, and furniture. Daily rounds include taking out trash, replacing linens, and making beds.

Gardening

Help take care of the island’s many flower and vegetable gardens! Tasks are varied and may include weeding, selecting and cutting flowers for floral arrangements, starting seeds, transplanting, harvesting veggies for meals, and watering. The island is also home to a small poultry flock and, if interested, volunteers may be involved in everyday poultry care and management: feeding, watering, and cleaning the coop.

Brute Strength work: moving and hauling

If you choose this work, you might be helping the truck crew move the food from the dock to the kitchen, or the luggage from the rooms to the dock. There is always a lot of work requiring strength on the island.

Refinishing Furniture

Star Island has some beautiful antique furniture that needs care and repair. This summer we will be refinishing Snack Bar chairs and some of the guest room dressers.  Interested? This is a great job for those who don’t want to do a lot of lifting and moving.

In-Town, changeover assistance

This volunteering area is for anyone interested in catching some Star Island spirit on the mainland. On Saturdays our conferences change over which means one group departing and one arriving. You may be asked to greet people as they arrive, move baggage or direct parking all in conjunction with our Pelican changeover crew.

Spring Volunteer Weekends

Come help reawaken Star Island from its winter slumber and spend a beautiful spring weekend on the island! We have five spring work weekends in May and early June. Volunteer opportunities include housekeeping, kitchen staff, gardening, and grounds/maintenance/general labor.

Learn more about our spring volunteer weekends

If you have questions about volunteering, contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@starisland.org or aminer@starisland.org

 

Ambassadors

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