Cook – year round, full time

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Cooks are responsible for working with and under the guidance of the Manager of Food Services to provide safe and smooth operation of the kitchen.  This includes the preparation of wholesome and appealing meals from scratch while practicing proper food safety techniques in handling, organization and storage, and maintaining the overall cleanliness of the kitchen to a high standard while being mindful of the Chewonki Mission and Food Philosophy.

Position Title: Cook
Employment Category:  Category A 
Permanent/Temporary:  Permanent 
Reports to: Manager of Food Services 
Exempt/Non-exempt:  Non-exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks):  Full-time, year-round
Benefits Eligible:  Yes


Execution of meals

  • Produce meals and snacks at scheduled times for programs, staff, and events
  • Produce healthy, well-balanced, and appealing food from scratch
  • Be willing and prepared to meet special food requirements for both participants and staff


  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness throughout shift, properly store leftovers, and clean up after meals
  • Execute in-depth cleaning projects
  • Help keep inventory, wares, and equipment clean and organized
  • Reduce waste, compost, and recycle according to Chewonki’s procedures

Food safety, sanitation and hygiene

  • Comply with State of Maine standards for food service operations.


  • Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and an anti-racist mind-set in the interest of students, staff and faculty across the organization.
  • Provide instruction and guidance to Chewonki staff and participants
  • Utilize and preserve farm products
  • Assist in catered events
  • Contribute as an active member of the Chewonki community, including participating in staff dish crews, and participate in the Food Action Committee when in session
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule of 40 hours per week including weekends, early mornings and/or evenings.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 55 pounds.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards of the site, facilities, and participant and staff behavior.
  • Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing/walking for long periods of time, 60 minutes or more.
  • Must be able to work in hot conditions.
  • Must be able to use knives and other kitchen equipment safely. 


  • Commercial kitchen experience preferred.
  • Current ServSafe certification or the ability to become certified.
  • Must pass background check yearly in accordance with ACA accreditation.


Compensation based on experience and within the hourly range of $15 – $18/hr. Benefits include Paid Time Off, health insurance, dental insurance, optional vision insurance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance, retirement account (403b), and professional development.

TO APPLY  – Review of applications will begin immediately

Please see our Farm & Food website for more information about the Chewonki Food Philosophy.  Please complete the following information.

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Job Category

Administration/Support Positions, Kitchen

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