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Working at the Island station

There are several possibilities to join the team on Helgoland. Students can, for example, participate in a FÖJ, an educational year that offers the possibility of becoming active in environmental protection, or work within the framework of the federal voluntary service ("Bundesfreiwilligendienst"). In addition, university students can apply for practicals ("Stationshelfer"), as well as master and bachelor projects. Everyone working at the Island station joins forces and participates in bird ringing, outreach, research projects, data entry and maintenance of the buildings and equipment.



Around 50 students join the Island station each year. Practicals need to take place for at least four weeks, and from a four week duration make the student eligible for reimbursement of travel costs within Germany. For German students, information regarding a practical at the Island station can be found in the Info-PDF „StaHe-Merkblatt“.


Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr (FÖJ)

Each year, the Island station offers 1-2 FÖJ-positions, which start at the 1st of September each year. Applications for these positions run via the Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz, and the application deadline is the 15th of March. More information regarding the work within the FÖJ framework can be found here.


Bundesfreiwilligendienst (BFD)

The Island station also offers one position within the federal voluntary service framework each year. This position starts at the 1st of September and applications can be sent to the Island station up to the 15th of March (via contact).


Bachelor- and Master theses, PhD projects

Scientific projects for bachelor, master or PhD work are designed at the main division in Wilhelmshaven. If you are interested. please contact the scientist of your choice directly.

    Mitarbeit an der InselstationWorking at the Island station

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