Keystone Foundation is a not-for-profit registered Trust working with indigenous hill communities in Tamil Nadu since 1994. Keystone works across 3 states in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) with tribal communities in 150 villages covering a population of 25,000 people. Keystone Foundation’s theory of change has been that the issues of natural resources and rural development are interlinked and are best addressed through eco-development initiatives amongst indigenous people in India’s mountainous and adjoining regions.

The approach is of addressing the challenges of conservation, livelihoods and enterprise development through appropriate-knowledge and action, technologies, socio-economic innovations and institutions, thereby ensuring the well-being of both communities and the environment.

Keystone offers both internships and volunteer-assignments to interested people from all over the world.


Keystone offers an opportunity to learn and develop your skills in a multi-disciplined setting. Here you get to be curious and pursue your own interests while at the same time contribute to the wealth of practices and knowledge honed at the organisation.

Here you will meet people from all walks of life and be a part of the vast array of activities organised at campus, ranging from festivals to field courses. Come join us!


  1. Applications now open to 3 New Position of Directors:
    Director - Keystone Foundation - Corporate Governance, Media & Advocacy.
    Director - Keystone Foundation - Biodiversity, Field Courses & Research, Apiculture & Climate Change.
    Director - Keystone Foundation - Community Wellbeing, Water & Sanitation and Urban.

  2. Subject Coordinator - Horticulture for the NABARD supported project on WADI development on fallow lands of Adivasis  in the Nilgiris.
    Education Qualification - Bachelors or Masters degree in Horticulture with specialization in horticulture and spice crops (this specialization is a must).
    Experience - At least 2-3 years of relevant experience in similar projects.
    Location: To be located in Kotagiri with regular field visits.
    Remuneration: Will be based on the experience of the candidate.
    The person should be able to work in the project for at least a minimum of two years.
    Please send your resume to - (*Kindly mention in the Subject of the email - Application for NABARD programme).


Send us an email with an open application, where you tell us a bit about yourself and why you are interested in being placed with Keystone, as well as a resume.

We take on both long-term and short-term interns. Minimum stay is one month.





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