• Kitchen Assistant - Hog Island

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    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Office/Support Services
  • Overview

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    Position Summary

    The Hog Island Kitchen Assistant works in coordination with the Kitchen staff of Hog Island that also includes a Head Chef, Sous Chef, and the help of a group of devoted volunteers. The kitchen team provides 3 meals a day for up to 90 people during the course of the 6-day, 5-night camp sessions. A commercial-grade kitchen is part of the dining building known as “The Bridge.”


    Under direction from the Head or Sous Chef, the kitchen Assistant will assist with food preparation and clean up including cleaning equipment, cold storage, and pantry spaces. S/He will assist in acquiring, transporting, and inventorying orders from farms and distributors, including transport to island by boat. S/He will work closely with a rotating team of dedicated volunteers who will be aiding the kitchen team.


    As there is no regular boat transportation service to and from Hog Island and the mainland, the Kitchen Assistant is required to live in housing on Hog Island in order to perform the functions of this position. Audubon will provide the Kitchen Assistant with a private room with nearby shared bath. Meals are provided on Hog Island when the kitchen is in operation. The work schedule is 40 hours per week, and the day revolves around meal planning and service that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for a six-day/ five-night program schedule. Occasional weekend work is required. Some weeks will not include a full schedule and full hours may not be expected all weeks.


    **Candidates must be available from May 4 to October 9, 2020

    Essential Functions

    • Assist with food preparation and kitchen assignments;
    • Assist with local acquisition of food and supplies, including pickups from local farms and ferrying groceries across from the mainland;
    • Interface with kitchen volunteers as necessary to ensure safe and efficient task completion;
    • Conduct a monthly inventory of the food in the kitchen; and
    • Help maintain a clean and healthy working environment and assist with deep cleaning of kitchen equipment and spaces.
    • Assist in implementing waste reduction measures throughout the kitchen;
    • Help to present the kitchen’s sustainability and service mission to diners on a regular basis. 

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Candidate must be available to work from May 4 - October 9, 2020.  This is a seasonal role.  
    • Undergraduate or recent graduate in culinary arts, conservation or related discipline with experience or interest in culinary arts/and or hospitality; experience at a residential nature camp is desirable.
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and able to lift at least 50 lbs (repeatedly throughout the day), as well as walk up to two miles at a time.
    • Sense of humor, strong work ethic, and flexibility are of paramount importance to this position.
    • Prior professional food service or cooking experience, solid knife skills, as well as baking experience and/or interest in baking, strongly preferred;
    • Current TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) training card desirable; 
    • Sincere interest in birds and environmental issues is encouraged, but not required.
    • Interest in farm-to-table/slow food movement is greatly appreciated.
    • Experience with or desire to learn use of small motor or row boats.


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