Wanted: Intern and Chef 2023

Positions available in 2023

  • Dates: Starting mid May through September
  • Compensation: Lodging, Lunch & Dinner, Stipend


Able bodied person needed to help in the day to day running of the hostel and with vegetable gardening, land care and other outdoor work. 1– 4 months duration. Work 5 days a week 8 hours per day. We try to spend about 4 hours working to maintain the hostel and the remainder of the day doing outdoor work.


Seeing motivated and experienced person to assist in the development of a regional menu and cook dinners nightly for a group of 10-16 featuring produce from the property. Preferably for the season or a large part.

For more details contact dennis@deerislehostel.com

IMG_0948Every summer, from Memorial Day weekend into early September, a few hundred travelers come to Deer Isle to explore the outdoors and enjoy the scenic landscape, the serenity and community of the Hostel. Our guests are looking for a place to stay, a warm welcome and the experience of the self-reliant lifestyle. Throughout this time the gardens produce food for the daily communal dinners and for winter storage. Besides fruit, herbs and vegetables we raise chickens, gather various wild edibles and medicinal herbs.

This is a fast-paced, fun place to be with new guests arriving every day from all corners of the world. It’s a great place for anyone that enjoys meeting people, making friends and enhancing others’ travel experience while sharing a more sustainable way of living than most have encountered. It’s an excellent way to learn how to run a small lodging business and get a first hand experience of a self sufficient homestead.

Each year we offer one full time apprenticeship from Mid May through closing day in the end of September. As our full time helper you get two days off/week, a secluded camp site (if desired, we provide a spacious tent and mattress), two meals a day, access to a bike and a stipend.


Much of the day-to-day chores are inn-keeping tasks such as laundry, doing dishes and tidying up. There’s usually something going on in the gardens or around the homestead – harvesting and processing food, stacking fire wood, tending the garden etc. We usually work through the day with a couple of hours off in the afternoon before we get ready to check people in, give tours and arrange the communal meal.

Previous experience from lodging businesses is greatly appreciated and good attitude and cheer is expected. 

We’re looking for help starting mid May until the end of September, but are willing to accommodate different dates (end/beginning of school semesters, for example) for the right candidate.

We live in a wonderful place, in a wonderful way and we’d like to share it with the
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