We are currently accepting applications for potential Island Fellows and Host Sites. 
The application deadline is March 27, 2015.



Be a Fellow | Host a Fellow | Current Fellows | Past Fellows

The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years. Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and experience to help build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges. 

  The Island Fellows AmeriCorps Program is supported by a grant       to the Maine Commission for Community Service from       the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Island Fellows Program is an official winner of the
2014 SHIFT Sustainability Award.

How does the Island Fellows Program work?

The Island Fellows Program puts a human face on program services, connecting directly with islanders on a day-to-day basis. Island communities apply to the Institute to place an Island Fellow in residence to work in schools, libraries, town offices, fisheries co-ops, arts enrichment and adult education programs, etc. The Institute then finds highly qualified recent college or university graduates with the requisite skills and character to fill these positions. Fellows spend 12 to 24 months living in island and remote coastal communities, working on critical, community-identified projects.


Be a Fellow

Fellowship applications must be received by Friday, March 27th, 2015. Top candidates are then interviewed in the island or coastal host communities by key contacts who will be working with the Fellow. On-island/coastal interviews are required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and eligible for at least one full-time AmeriCorps education award.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Recent completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree (within five years) and/or equivalent demonstrated interest and experience in a field relevant to the placement sites, such as community service, community planning, natural-resource planning, GIS mapping, educational outreach, etc.
  • A strong service ethic
  • Flexibility
  • A strong desire to live and work within a small, remote community
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision
Island Fellow Benefits

Each Fellow receives a stipend and living allowance of $15,000 plus rent and utilities. The Institute also provides basic health insurance and reimbursement for approved work-related expenses such as travel and office supplies. Some student loans may also be eligible for deferment.

2015 Island Fellows Application Form

In addition to the application form, the following are required:

  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts of complete undergraduate and graduate records
  • A minimum of two recommendations
  • A concise personal statement
  • A resume
  • A writing sample



Host a Fellow

The Island Institute Fellows Program’s goals are to provide support for Maine’s island and remote coastal communities by:

  • Building capacity by meeting community-stated needs through project-based work
  • Increasing capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic and informational resources
  • Assisting local research, planning, education and technology projects
  • Offering enriching professional-development opportunities for Island Fellows

If you think your community could benefit from an Island Fellow placement, please contact:
Karen Burns, Community Development Director

2015 Island Fellows Site Application Form
2015 Island Fellows Letter of Support Form




Current Fellows

Ben Algeo is providing direct support to the local electric utilities on the diesel powered islands Monhegan and Matinicus as they work toward energy efficiency measures. Ben graduated from the University of Maine, Orono.  

Erin Love is working to strengthen the ties between the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and Casco Bay island communities in order to develop inter-island programs to address common environmental challenges. Erin is a graduate of Colby College. 

Ian Watkins runs a parent support blog through the Ready by 21 Program for parents to share information to help their children succeed. He also works with the Eastern Maine Skippers program building distance learning resources and facilitating communication between participating schools. Ian graduated from Appalachian State University. Ian is supported, in part, by the Willoughby Stuart Fellowship Endowment.

Jessica Duma is working on a joint collaboration between the Great Cranberry Historical Society and the College of the Atlantic to collect information about island agricultural history in order to develop maps as well as a curriculum to engage students and the wider community more directly with their agricultural heritage. Jessica graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Kelsey Byrd is working with the Vinalhaven Community Wellness Coalition on initiatives to increase health and awareness within the community in three areas: substance abuse, aging in place, and fitness and nutrition. Kesey is a Dartmouth College graduate. Kelsey is supported, in part, by the James & Joanne Cooney Island Fellowship Endowment. 

Kendra Jo Marsh is working with the Islesboro Central School, Community Connections Steering Committee, and the Town of Islesboro to build a functional directory of resources for island professionals, to raise awareness about resource access, and to identify areas where no resources exist. Kendra Jo graduated from the University of Connecticut. Kendra Jo is supported, in part, by the Louis W. Cabot Fellowship Endowment. 

Lucas Milardo is working to plan, develop, and implement high-quality, long-range service learning projects for students in the Frenchboro School. He also works as the Fellows Service Learning Coordinator, assisting in training, strengthening the resource library, and providing support to Fellows as they implement their own service learning projects. Lucas is a Bowdoin College graduate. Lucas is supported, in part, by the William Bingham Fellowship Endowment in Rural Education. 

Maddey Gates is spending one quarter each on Chebeague, North Haven, Swan's Island, and Vinalhaven, using different tools to address short-term elder care and aging in place projects, while evaluating each site for commonalities to create a longer-term project to address these issues across islands. Maddey graduated from Western Kentucky University.

Meghan Cooper is building a website to increase awareness and transparency in town government in collaboration with the Town Selectmen on Isle Au Haut. She is also working with the Isle Au Haut Historical Society to catalogue and digitally archive their collection. Meghan graduated from Vassar College and recently spent a year on a fellowship in Azerbaijan. 

Sidra Nasir is working with the Chebeague Fire & Rescue Department to create resource maps for hydrants and FEMA, streamline their administrative operations, and develop a community safety awareness program. Sidra is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. 




Past Fellows

Alden Robinson, Long Island GIS and Municipal Government Fellow

Alexander Harris, James and Joanne Cooney Fellow on Isle au Haut

Alexandra Hodges, Islesboro School and Town of Islesboro Technology Fellow

Alexandria Brasili, Herring Gut Learning Center Fellow & Louis W. Cabot Award Recipient

Ally Day, Vinalhaven Educational Technology Fellow

Alyson Fauver, Cliff Island Marine Stewardship and Community Development Fellow

Alyson Mayo, Islesboro Affordable Housing Fellow

Amanda Poyant, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School and Community Center Fellow

Amanda Ravenhill, Cranberry Isles Sustainable Community Development Fellow

Andrew Dorr, Vinalhaven Community and Economic Development Fellow

Andrew Mountcastle, Friendship Marine Stewardship Fellow

Andy Whitaker, Monhegan School Fellow

Anna Rubin, Long Island Library and School Enrichment Fellow

Anna Smith, Swan's Island Health Center Fellow

Anne Bardaglio, Matinicus School Fellow; Four Island Schools Collaborative Senior Fellow

Annie Tselikis, Stonington Economic Development and Digital Media Fellow

Benjamin Odgren, Island Scholars Network Coordinator

Betsy Walker, North Haven Historical Preservation Fellow

Birgitta Polson, Community Energy Fellow

Brooke Brewer, Casco Bay Affordable Housing and Economic Development Fellow

Caitlin Gerber, Chebeague Island Recreation Center Fellow

Candyce Dunham, Swan's Island Arts Enrichment Fellow

Carly Knight, Chebeague Island Historical Preservation Fellow

Celia Whitehead, Chebeague Island Community Fellow

Cherie Galyean, Vinalhaven Library Fellow; Downeast Libraries Senior Fellow

Cyrus Moulton, Cranberry Isles Comprehensive Planning Fellow

Dana Leath, Long Island Education Fellow; Casco Bay Senior Fellow

Daniel Miller, Swan's Island and Frenchboro Library and Historical Preservation Fellow

Daniel O'Grady, Friendship Marine Resources Fellow

Danielle Hall, Cliff Island Community Development Fellow

David Steckler, North Haven Place-Based Education Fellow

Eli Bossin, Chebeague Island Historical Soceity Fellow 

Eliza Greenman, Cranberry Isles Sustainable Community Fellow

Emily Graham, North Haven School Library Fellow

Emma Miran, Stonington Planning and Development Fellow

Eric Dyer, Cranberry Isles Comprehensive Planning Fellow

Erin Crowley, Long Island Community Planning Fellow

Erin Fisher, Deer Isle-Stonington Marine Resources Fellow

Hannah Tannebring, Jackson Memorial Library and Service-Learning Fellow

Hedda Steinhoff, Deer-Isle Stonington Marine Trades Fellow

Helen Chabot, Chebeague Island Marine Resources Fellow

James Essex, Peaks Island GIS Fellow

James Westhafer, Islesboro School and Town Technology Fellow

Jeff Killian, Deer Isle-Stonington Marine Trades Fellow

Jeremy Gabrielson, Downeast Economic Development Fellow

Jesse Minor, Cranberry Isles Marine Stewardship Fellow

Jessica Bellah, Frenchboro Town Planning

Jessica Stevens, Monhegan Maine and Historical Stewardship Fellow

Kaitlin Webber, Swan's Island Library Fellow

Karen Burns, Vinalhaven Arts Enrichment Fellow

Kate Power, Long Island Recreation Center Fellow

Kathleen Reardon, Islesboro GIS Fellow

Katie Chapman, Alternative Energy Fellow

Keely Felton, North Haven Arts Enrichment Fellow

Keith Eaton, North Haven Education Fellow

Kerrie O'Donnell, Vinalhaven Marine Resources & Community Development Fellow

Kurt Lynch, Vinalhaven Marine Trades Fellow

Lana Cannon, Matinicus School and Historical Preservation Fellow

Laura Bolton, Great Cranberry Island Historical Preservation Fellow

Laura Kramar, Port Clyde Marketing and Branding Coordination Senior Fellow

Leah McDonald, Chebeague Island Recreation Fellow

Liv Detrick, Penobscot Bay GIS Fellow

Maggie Small, Peaks Island Environmental Action Fellow

Margaret Snell, Isle au Haut Comprehensive Planning Fellow

Maria McMorrow, Downeast Salmon Federation Fellow

Mary Terry, Casco Bay Affordable Housing Fellow

Megan Powell, Swan's Island Environmental Education and Art Fellow

Megan Wibberly, Isle au Haut Community Planning and Economic Development Fellow

Meghan Vigeant, Swan's Island Historical Documentation Fellow

Meredith Harr, Fishers Island Community Development Fellow

Michele Tranes, Peaks Island Community GIS Fellow

Mike Felton, Vinalhaven Education "Pioneering" Fellow

Morgan Witham, Isle au Haut Education and Library Fellow

Nate Geraldi, Vinalhaven Marine Education Fellow

Nate Gray, Peaks Island and Fishers Island Community Development Fellow

Nate Howe, Port Clyde Marine Education Fellow

Nathan Michaud, Vinalhaven Community Development "Pioneering" Fellow

Peter Levandowski, Vinalhaven Public Health Fellow

Rebecca Graham, Vinalhaven Non-Profit Management Fellow

Ryan Albright, Islesboro Comprehensive Planning Fellow

Sarah Curran, Peaks Island Community Development and Stewardship Fellow

Sarah Ebel, Stonington Fisheries Management Fellow

Scott Sell, Frenchboro Rural Education Fellow

Sean Gambrel, Vinalhaven GIS Fellow

Sherry Marcum, Islesboro School Library Fellow

Shey (Veditz) Conover, Islesboro GIS Fellow

Siobhan Ryan, Swan's Island Library and Historical Preservation Fellow

Stacy Gambrel, North Haven Community GIS Fellow

Susan Little, Casco Bay Marine Research "Pioneering" Fellow

Thea Youngs, Chebeague Island GIS Fellow

Wesley Norton, Deer-Isle Stonington Elementary School and Historical Society Fellow

The Island Fellows AmeriCorps Program is supported by a grant to the Maine Commission for Community Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service under Corporation for National and Community Service Award 12FXHME0010002. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Commission or the Corporation.