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Cornell Cooperative Extension Assistant Cook - Hamden, NY in Hamden, New York

This position will serve as an Assistant Cook at 4-H Camp Shankitunk. 4-H Camp Shankitunk is a traditional summer camp located in Delhi, NY. 4-H Camp Shankitunk operates both a day camp program (ages 6+) and an overnight program (ages 8-16) for youth in the summer and hires approximately 50-60 seasonal camp staff members. 4-H Camp Shankitunk is owned by Delaware County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County.

Under the Food Service Coordinator's guidance, the Assistant Cook prepares meals in large quantities to serve 200 or more people. Prepare meals for individuals with specific dietary restrictions or needs. Direct the work of kitchen assistants. Maintain a food preparation, service, and storage environment comply with NYS Department of Health regulations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old to comply with NYS Department of Health regulations.

  • 1-2 years previous experience with increasing responsibility in a kitchen.

  • Possess a current Serve Safe Certificate.

  • Knowledge of generally accepted nutrition guidelines.

  • Able to operate commercial kitchen equipment.

  • Ability to lift 20-50 lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and weekends, as appropriate

  • Be neat, reliable, punctual, flexible and responsible.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training or education as a chef or cook desirable.

  • Experience as a camp cook desirable.

    Position Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Management – 30%

  • Ensure that food service operations comply with the camp safety plan's requirements.

  • Monitor and maintain required temperatures for refrigeration, dishwashing, and food preparation.

  • Ensure cleanliness of food preparation and delivery areas.

  • Ensure that campers and staff follow s anitation procedures before each meal.

  • Ensure that staff assisting with food service use tongs, gloves, or other hand barriers.

  • With guidance from the Food Service Coordinator, direct and supervise kitchen assistants by providing instructions and inspecting work for adherence.

  • Check and confirm food order deliveries and rotate stock as needed

  • When appropriate or needed, train kitchen and program staff on allergy considerations in food handling.

  • Support community-oriented camp culture that emphasizes acceptance, cooperation, and empathy.

Coordination/Operation – 65%

  • Prepare, serve, and store food products using recognized safe handling procedures.

  • Prepare meals that meet dietary guidelines and make reasonable accommodations for dietary restrictions and special needs.

  • Communicate with camp staff, explaining food preparation and service procedures when necessary.

  • Communicate with parents, explaining food preparation and service procedures when necessary.

  • Ensure sanitization of kitchen surfaces and equipment regularly throughout the day.

  • Report any accidents or injuries immediately to the Health Center Coordinator and/or Camp Director.

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and address changes and Association priorities.

  • Collaborate in activities that support Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.

  • Be familiar with and follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement, and standards.

  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Conduct all programming and activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX Rehabilitation, Americans with disabilities Act, and local state, and regional affirmative action plans.

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.

  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.

  • Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.

  • Be aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Delaware County policies, procedures, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.

  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.

  • At all times, act in a professional customer service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.

    Position Details

This is a full-time, exempt, temporary position that will run from June 1st - August 2nd. The salary will range from $2,400 - $3,900. Salary is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability.

The position will work at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi, NY. Delicious meals provided by you and your team.

Application Deadline

All applicants must apply online by close of day on March 1, 2024 to be considered for this position.

Please be sure to read the Notice to Applicants found on the Jobs with CCE page:

How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: . For details on how to apply, visit:

Please submit resume, cover letter and references. Consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.

No relocation or employment visa sponsorship available.

Please contact Corrine Tompkins, CCE Delaware Camp Administrator, email with questions.

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Association Tmp Camp Ktchn Wkr


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Contact Name:

Lori North

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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