Highlander Farm/Land Internship Available

The Highlander Research and Education Center has an opening for a farm/land intern to work on our 186-acre farm in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.

Highlander is a world-renowned organizing and leadership development center for grassroots activists in Appalachia and the South. Since its founding in 1932, Highlander has been in the forefront of social justice organizing, playing a key role in the labor movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the environmental justice movement, among others. Today, Highlander is still on the cutting edge of activism, and a leading regional and national resource for organizing across race and generations.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will include helping with the care of the apple orchard (in 2nd year of conversion from conventional to organic) and organic garden. The internship is 2/3 physical labor and 1/3 educational activities including, greeting guests, helping to lead tours of Highlander’s farm, and assisting in workshops.

Highlander’s farm is located on in New Market, Tennessee, approximately 25 miles north and east of Knoxville. Our facilities include a workshop center with a meeting room, kitchen, and child-care center; a 32-bed dormitory; a library/resource center; six houses for staff and visitors; and a barn and other out-buildings. We also have a 400+-tree apple and peach orchard that has been cultivated for over 20 years.

The intern will work with Highlander’s Farm Manager, other members of the staff Building and Grounds Team and the Education Team. There will also be the opportunity to do independent study, learn about other aspects of Highlander’s work, and participate in life at Highlander.

Qualifications for the internship include:

The farm internship will begin as soon as possible and last for 6-9 months. Housing is available, and interns are welcome to share meals prepared during Highlander workshops. However, these are not available on a regular basis, and interns are generally responsible for their own food. Internship pays a $200 stipend per week plus a small health insurance allowance. Interns are housed with up to two roommates in an intern house on the Highlander farm. Generally, Highlander requires a total of 30 flexible hours per week, with weekend work as an essential element.

To apply for the internship, please forward a letter of interest including the following information:

Please be sure to include your complete address, phone number, e-mail address and available start date so we can contact you about your application.

Please forward your letter of interest, your resume, and contact information (including phone numbers) for three references to:

Rob Reining
Operations Coordinator
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

One Response

  1. Hi Rob,

    I’m pretty sure that the internship in the orchards has been filled by now, and so I’m taking a shot in the dark here, or maybe a few shots…
    first off, if there’s space I’d be willing to be an unpaid intern for the summer. I’m a student at The Evergreen State College in Wa. state, and I can design a course of study that would let me work at Highlander, live on my student fin. aid, and get college credit. If things worked out, my hope is that the summer would be good training to apply for next years internship at Highlander… I’m currently working on a farm/hostel in New Mexico, and have worked on farms in Europe, USA, and New Zealand…
    My reason for being interested in Highlander starts with Paolo Freire’s book ‘The Pedagogy of the Oppressed.’ That book helped to change the course of my life, and from what I’ve gathered the spirit of critical/popular education is still strong at Highlander. I’m working toward becoming an educator, but am looking for the right community to tap into. I’ve contacted a man named Peter Mclaren at UCLA, explained to him what I’m looking for, and he recommended that I get in touch with Highlander. So I’m doing that.
    That’s it. If there are any potential openings, or if you’d like some free and motivated labor for summer I am at your service! Thanks for your time. Best, Jay Normand