Kitchen Assistant at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine

Job Details

  • Date Posted: March 8, 2022
  • Location: Bremen, Maine
  • Company: National Audubon Society
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Housing Offered: Yes
  • Experience: No experience needed

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The Seasonal 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 FOHI volunteers. The kitchen team provides 3 meals a day for up to 80 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. She/He/They will assist in acquiring, transporting, and inventorying orders from farms and distributors, including transport to the island by boat. S/He/They will work closely with a team of dedicated FOHI volunteers who will be aiding the kitchen team. The kitchen team will have to abide by strict Covid-19 protocols and the Kitchen Assistant will be responsible to abide by these protocols.

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 a 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 10 to October 5, 2022.

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 inventories of food stocks in the kitchen.
  • Help maintain a clean and healthy working environment, including regular and deep cleaning of kitchen equipment and spaces.
  • Regular wipe downs and cleaning in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.
  • Assist in implementing waste reduction measures throughout the kitchen, including managing inventories of prepared food.
  • Help to present the kitchen’s sustainability and service mission to diners on a regular basis.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 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.
  • The candidate must be available to work from May 10- October 5, 2022.
  • 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 good to have.
  • Experience with or desire to learn the use of a small motor or rowboats.
  • Willingness to wear masks when working within groups/teams or interfacing with the public.

* Please see Audubon’s Covid policy below.