Seasonal Island Staff

Thank you for your interest in a Seasonal Island Staff position at Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML)! 

SML facilities on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine operate between early May and the end of September each year. SML is a residential field station operated jointly by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, and seasonal staff hires are made through the University of New Hampshire.

Seasonal positions are unique, rewarding, and challenging! Students, faculty, and staff all live and work on Appledore Island in a close-knit, teamwork-oriented community. Room & board on Appledore Island and transportation between SML and the mainland are provided for all SML staff. Staff members are housed in private rooms (separately from students) in Bartels Hall. Meals are served in Kiggins Commons, where staff dines with the entire island community. Positions are full-time during the season. Staff work 5 days/week on-island. Start and end dates for seasonal staff vary with each position.

Staff will be called upon to act as crew members aboard SML's research vessels, therefore a pre-employment background check and participation in SML’s random substance abuse testing program are required.

To apply:

Complete the linked job application on the USNH website. (Note: seabird technician applicants should follow separate instructions linked on the SML website.) Please provide dates of availability in your cover letter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Seasonal staff openings for 2022 will be posted in January 2022.

Interested in employment at Shoals in 2022? Email!

Fun staff photos from recent years!

Staff in Zodiac
SML Staff operate small inflatable vessels. Photo by Josh Moyer.
SML Kitchen
SML Kitchen in action. Photo by Jim Coyer.
2015 Engineering Staff
2015 Engineering Staff. Photo by Alexa Hilmer.
2015 Tern Project Landing Crew
2015 Staff, inter-island operations. Photo courtesy of Jim Coyer.