Work Exchange


Wanted: Full time helper for the Hostel season of 2017

Every summer, from Memorial Day weekend into early September, a few hundred travelers come to Deer Isle to explore the IMG_7855outdoors 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 and host a wide range of tours and lectures on related topics.

Throughout our busy season we are in great need of good help and we have begun the search for our full time helper for next summer. 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.

Much of the day-to-day chores are inn-keeping tasks such as laundry, doing dishes, cleaning etc. 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. Our full time helper may also be expected to take reservations, send invoicIMG_6405es and answer email.

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

Usually we work with a flexible schedule with one or two days off a week. As our full time helper you get a secluded camp site, three meals a day, access to a bike and a small stipend. You may also choose to find a part time job (2 days/week) in the area to experience more of the island and the community. IMG_6413

If your interested in spending next summer on Deer Isle the first step is to come and stay with us for a few days in February or March so we can meet and get to know each other some.

If you’re interested in this position for another summer you may come throughout the summer either as a paying guest or do a half-half work exchange, pitch a tent, pay half the rate and work with us for about half the day. In this way we’ll all get to know each other and can initiate a conversation about a longer stay.

We live in a wonderful place, in a wonderful way and we’d like to share it with the
hopes of inspiring others to do the same.