We’re growing!

We’re growing and hiring for new positions to build our teams and further strengthen our focus on climate action, the coastal economy, and investments in community infrastructure and leadership. We are committed to helping our islands and coast meet the challenges ahead and working with these communities to build resilience along the Maine coast.

This work wouldn’t be possible without a talented staff that brings a wide range of experience, skills, and passion to everything we do. If you are interested in working with us, please see our open positions below and continue to check this site or the Maine Association of Nonprofits Job Board for new opportunities as they become available.

Please refer to each job description for application guidelines, and contact Deb Bartol at HR@islandinstitute.org with any additional questions.



The Island Institute seeks an experienced, visionary, and engaging leader to serve as its president. The next president will join the Island Institute at an important inflection point in the organization’s history, as it accelerates its work to create resilience for Maine’s island and coastal communities.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the president is the chief executive officer of the Island Institute and works closely with the board and senior leaders to set the organization’s direction. The president will be charged with leading the Institute’s talented staff in implementing its strategy to reach its fullest potential as a world-class community development organization serving Maine’s island and coastal communities. They will serve as chief fundraiser and, as the face of the organization, will engage in significant work across a wide array of stakeholder groups and forge external partnerships. They must, therefore, be both comfortable and compelling in telling the story and sharing the vision of the Island Institute to donors, civic leaders and policymakers, waterfront workers, partner organizations, and community leaders.

View full description and nominate or apply here.

Membership Coordinator

The Membership Coordinator works as an integral member of the philanthropy team to provide creative strategies and operational support for several areas of the Island Institute’s fundraising efforts. This includes serving as the first point of contact for membership inquiries, executing an annual stewardship plan, and providing assistance to the team in donor prospecting and research, acknowledgments, events, and other areas. This candidate should be detail oriented, team-minded, and self-aware, able to give and accept constructive and consistent feedback, and committed to the Institute’s organizational values. Most importantly, the person in this position carefully allocates time and organizational resources while working across multiple projects.

Only online applications are accepted.

View the full job description and apply here.

Community Development Officer – Clean Energy

Island Institute is hiring a Community Development Officer (CDO) to serve as a “project Implementer” on our Clean Energy Team. The individual hired for this position will be responsible for coordinating grant funded projects that facilitate change at the community level.  The primary focus of this role is building climate, energy, and business resilience within the marine sector. This includes, but is not limited to, solar, energy efficiency, heat pumps, electric vehicles, and energy storage projects; outlining roadmaps for marine businesses to cut carbon emissions; growing work related to an electric boat pilot program; and tracking changes in costs and greenhouse gas emissions from these efforts.

Only online applications are accepted.

View the full job description and apply here.

2023 Island Fellows

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for an Island Fellowship, a two-year placement in one of Maine’s coastal or 15 year-round island communities. The Island Fellows Program places college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities to live and work for two years. These fellowship positions provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain real-life, place-based experience helping to build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges and unique opportunities.

Only online applications are accepted.

View the full job description and apply here.


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