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”

 

Thanks for your interest in applying to work on Star Island! The deadline for regular season applications has passed. We will be accepting applications for our end of season period (August and September) starting in early July.  Please check back if you are interested in working for us during that period.

 

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

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.

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 23, 2017
Letter of interest regarding supervisory-level positions emailed to office@starisland.org (in addition to your application) – January 23, 2017
Reference Form Deadline (for new applicants) – January 31, 2017
Hiring Decisions Emailed to Applicants – by mid-March 2017

#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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Environmental Services Positions

 

The environmental services team is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the island's water, wastewater, and compost (food waste and biosolids) facilities.  The team also oversees stewardship of the island's sustainability initiatives, gardens, and environmental education programs.  These positions provide on-the-job training and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field.  See full descriptions and application instructions below:

Water Quality Apprentice

Water and Wastewater Facility Operator

Garden and Compost Coordinator

Sustainability Intern

Food Systems Intern

 

To Apply:

Step 1: Follow the instructions above and complete a Pelican application, including reference forms.

Step 2: Submit a cover letter and resume to Kristen Simard, Environmental Services Manager at ksimard@starisland.org.

 

 

 

Year-Round

The Star Island Corporation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with offices based in Portsmouth, NH, currently has no year-round positions available

 

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

Registration to volunteer at Star Island during the Summer of 2017 will be available at this site by May 2017.

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

We are in the process of updating out ambassador materials for the 2017 season! We appreciate your patience while we work to create and collect information for you to share! 

Share your love of Star Island

The Star Island Ambassador Program is a group of dedicated volunteers seeking to share their love of Star Island with friends, neighbors, acquaintances – anyone interested in visiting Star Island.

The primary goal of an ambassador is to bring people to the island. The role of Ambassador is quite malleable and fit for just about any Shoaler. Working with one’s own materials, or using Star Island publications, our Ambassadors visit churches, libraries, community groups, and other social gatherings to share our summer home.

You can utilize the virtual Ambassador Toolkit to download helpful general Star Island materials. We also encourage you to direct people to Star Island on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Here are some Ambassador ideas:

  • Hang a Star Island poster
  • Host a table at your church’s coffee hour
  • Make a presentation using your photos or videos
  • Communicate with the Star Island staff to request an auction item
  • Talk to a friend
  • Place brochures in your library
  • Show a Star Island video
  • Host a Star Island-themed house party
  • Post an album on a social media site

However you choose to participate is great. And our guess is that you already act as an Ambassador – how can anyone visit Star Island without talking about it later?

So please, share Star Island because you love Star Island.

Email ambassadors@starisland.org to get involved.

 Ambassador Toolkit

Click the item names below to download and share with your friends and community.

Ambassador/”Targeted Congregation” Discount Explanation

Learn about the Targeted Church Discount through this handy flyer with simple suggestions and tips.

“Targeted Congregation” Discount Flyers

Share information about the Star Island “Targeted Congregation” Discount with the following flyer that makes sense for you:

Brochure (PDF)

The “Discover Star Island” brochure highlights the beauty and ruggedness of the island while providing general information.

Star Island videos (Streaming, direct downloads available)

These videos, produced by fellow Shoaler Sarah Schoman, interviews several Star Island guests and staff to highlight the emotional connection many visitors make with Star Island. They also show off the island’s natural beauty.

NH Chronicle Video

This is a great way to share what Star Island is all about in a short video. Guests and staff talk on the video about Star Island, the conference experience, and a little of the history. It also has some great aerial footage of the island.

UCC Conference Descriptions

This helpful flyer provides an overview of conferences with a UCC leaning.

UU Conference Descriptions

This helpful flyer provides an overview of conferences with a UU leaning.

PostersUU poster, UCC poster, Retreat Center poster (PDFs)

Simply hang the posters up in your church, surrounding church, community centers, or any place you please. You can also use this poster to inspire your own design.

Advertisement Samples (PDF)

These sample display ads can be added to church or community newsletters. We can work with you to develop display ads for your conference and in any format.

Mailing list sign-up sheet (PDF)

The mailing list sign-up sheet allows people to request a Program Catalog. After you mail in the sheet, we will mail out their material.

Church Service (Microsoft Word .doc)

The church service was developed by Phil and Carrie Sears who have very generously offered this to other Shoalers. You might find inspiration in this service to write your own.