• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Jobs

If you would like to make Boston Harbor Islands part of your career, there are plenty of seasonal opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
 
DCR Ranger leading a walking tour of Georges Island.

A park ranger leads tour about Fort Warren on Georges Island

Department of Conservation & Recreation
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) hires seasonal interpretive park rangers, lifeguards, and maintenance staff to work on DCR-managed islands within the park. Positions typically begin in late spring and run through Labor Day. Seasonal job announcements are posted below, and additional information abot DCR employment is available on the DCR website.

 
A park education ranger explores the intertidal zone with students.

An education ranger explores the intertidal zone with students

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) hires Boston Harbor Islands interpretive park rangers and visitor use assistants to provide parkwide information and orientation from the Boston waterfront. Some programs are also offered on boats and at Boston Light on Little Brewster Island. Seasonal positions are usually from mid-May until the end of September. Boston Harbor Islands hires from a local registry of applicants, rather than the national registry. Seasonal positions are announced in late winter/early spring on USA Jobs.
 
A climbing instructor prepares a student for his next challenge.

A climbing instructor prepares a student for the next challenge

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Thompson Island Outward Bound is looking for qualified instructors to lead middle and high school-aged young people on exciting outdoor expeditions. We operate our Outward Bound courses on the waters of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Above all else, you must like to work with a diverse group of kids. And, you must be competent in a wide range of outdoor skills. Be a catalyst for change. Foster self-reliance and teamwork. Encourage compassion. Join Thompson Island Outward Bound.

 
2010 Student Career Interns

2010 Student Career Interns

Student Career Intern Program
The Student Career Intern Program (SCIP) is an NPS noncompetitive employment program, and is open to current or entering college students from diverse communities who have experience working or volunteering in national parks and are interested in career training and employment with the National Park Service. This program will offer a multi-year mentoring experience that includes working and exploring career fields in the National Park Service. Learn more...

 

Green Ambassadors
Boston Harbor Islands offers full-time summer employment opportunities for high school aged youth. Learn more...

Did You Know?

Burrage Hospital on Bumpkin Island

Clarence Burrage was a philanthropist who established the Hospital for Crippled Children on Bumpkin Island in 1902. It was one of the first facilities with ramps instead of stairs. Though it burned in 1945, the remains can be seen today at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...