Field Science Opportunities

College & University Courses: A Field Component

From mid-April through mid-October, the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership can host groups of up to 50 overnight for any length of time depending on space availability. In the past, colleges and universities have used our facilities to expand the typical lecture hall or lab and enhance student learning by providing a field component to a traditional course. Topics have ranged from geology and earth sciences to island and coastal community sustainability and fisheries management. If you are interested in bringing your course to Hurricane, please contact our program manager, Josie Gates at

You can read more about past programs here:


Each season, the Hurricane Island Center or Science and Leadership hires interns to gain experience in delivering science education programs, maintaining sustainable technology and infrastructure and supporting our ongoing research initiatives. In the past, interns have come from Bowdoin College; Middlebury College; the University of Miami; The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources; and, the University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences.

We are currently hiring for the 2016 season! You can find more information here.

You can read more about our interns’ experiences here:

Independent Research

We are developing the infrastructure and support systems needed to host visiting researchers at various stages in their careers and for different lengths of time from mid-April through mid-October. We are able to work one-on-one with individuals who may be interested in starting a project on Hurricane Island to best meet their needs.

If interested, please contact Science and Research Director Cait Cleaver at caitlin@hurricaneisland.

Technical Training

We have had a rich community of scientists join us for technical training on Hurricane Island and we are continually working to expand our technical training offerings.

Bird Banding

In 2015, the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership partnered with the Institute for Bird Populations based in Point Reyes Station, CA to host an introductory bird banding workshop. This training gave participants a basic understanding of handling and banding techniques when using mist nets. Individuals who participated in this course have taken the first step towards gaining their banding permit and backgrounds ranged from hobbyists to career scientists.

Join us for the introductory bird banding workshop in 2016!

You can read more about the 2015 course here: