Thank you for your interest in working on Star Island again! We are honored to have so many returning Pels who want to work for us.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently a lot of uncertainty regarding working on Star Island in 2021. Our board of directors, staff, Health Committee, and others are working hard to plan for a safe reopening of the island as the health and safety of our staff and guests is a top priority. While we know that some aspects of living and working on Star may need to change, our goal is to preserve that which is special about the experience, but to do so in innovative and safe ways.

Applications for 2021 are provisional with the understanding that COVID may impact our ability to offer jobs on Star Island and may impact applicant’s ability to work on Star.

If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Before you complete your application, please take a moment to review the following information that will help inform your application process:

  • Dates of availability are an important aspect in our hiring process. With few exceptions, we aim to hire employees who can be available for the start of training and orientation on June 13.
  • Our need to staff effectively for EOS and provide consistent service to our guests requires us to give special attention to leave dates when hiring. We encourage you to carefully consider the dates of availability you list on your application as you will be held to them, if hired. We want to make sure you know that if you leave the island prior to the leaving date in your employment agreement, it is unlikely you will be hired in the future (extenuating circumstances, in the sole discretion of the Island Manager/hiring team, may be excepted). If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us during the application process.
  • While our season runs through September 22, ideally the majority of our employees will be able to stay through LOAS 2 (August 29 or even later.) We know that it is nice to have some time at home between Star and college however, we expect applicants to commit to working on Star, as they would any job, and list a realistic departure date on their application.
  • As you know, many of the positions listed are small crews or “crews of one”. By only applying for small crews or specialized positions, you will be limiting your hiring possibilities. We encourage you to apply for as many positions (up to 10) in which you would be happy working.
  • The Truck/Waterfront Crew and Harbor Launch Operator positions require specific certifications or licensing. You must have or obtain a lifeguard certification prior to the start of the season if you are hired for the Truck/Waterfront Crew. If you do not have the certification or are unwilling to obtain it, do not apply for this crew. Applicants who apply for these roles should send a copy of their certification or license to our office.
  • We encourage all applicants to send in a supplementary cover letter and/or resume to accompany their application. That can be mailed to our office or emailed to: If you are applying for a supervisor or supervisory level position or are interested in being considered for the Community Action Team, a cover letter and resume are expected.
  • If you have an questions regarding applying to work on Star Island, please contact our Office Manager, Kate Brady at:

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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.

Important Note about Alcohol Use on Star Island:

Safe and legal use of alcohol is an essential part of the community we are creating on Star Island. In this spirit, we want to notify potential applicants of the following:

If you are under 21 years of age, you are committing to not having any alcohol for the summer. Do not apply to work on Star Island if you are unwilling to 100% commit to this.

If you are 21 years of age or older, you are committing to the following – do not apply to work on Star Island if you are unwilling to 100% commit to these:

  • Responsible/safe alcohol consumption;
  • Never providing an underage person with alcohol (to do so = immediate dismissal).