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