Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Pelican! 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.
Joe Watts
Chief Executive Officer


Applicants who have not worked for Star before, click here to apply:

First-Year Application

Returning Pelican applicants, click here to apply:

Returning Application

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.

Online Reference Form

Paper Reference Form


  • While our application deadline has passed, you are still encouraged to submit an application if you are interested in working on Star Island this season. Late applications will be considered as needed or added to a wait list to fill any position openings that occur. We will also be hiring for our end of season period in August & September.
  • Letter of interest regarding supervisory-level positions emailed to (in addition to your application)- January 27, 2020
  • Reference Form Deadline (for new applicants)- January 31, 2020
  • Hiring Decisions Emailed to Applicants- by mid-March 2020

Selection Criteria

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

At Star Island we appreciate the value and richness of different perspectives and experiences. We constantly strive to be a more diverse and inclusive workplace. We work to make you feel welcomed and engaged as a valued member of the team. We provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Star Island will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.