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

This position will serve as a Kitchen Assistant 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 direction of the Food Service Coordinator and/or Assistant Cook(s), the Kitchen Assistant helps with food preparation, service, and storage. Responsible for ensuring compliance with sanitary health codes, including but not limited to cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, utensils, and equipment; disposing of food and other waste products; and storing food properly. Operates the dishwasher and washes pots, pans, and other kitchen equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be 14 years or older to meet NYS Employment eligibility regulations.

  • Able to work flexible hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed.

  • Able to lift 20-50 lbs.

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

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • 16+ years of age or older preferred

  • Possess a valid Delaware County Department of Health Food Managers Certificate.

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

  • Knowledge of generally accepted nutrition guidelines.

  • Able to operate commercial kitchen equipment.

    Position Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Administrative Management – 5%

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

  • Ensure cleanliness of food preparation and delivery areas.

Administrative Coordination/Operation – 90%

  • Wash and sanitize dishes, pots, pans, utensils, etc., by machine or hand.

  • Sanitize kitchen surfaces and equipment regularly throughout the day.

  • Sanitize tables in the dining area throughout the day.

  • Sweep and mop the kitchen, dining hall, and adjacent areas.

  • Remove and dispose of all food waste and trash from kitchen areas and dining room.

  • Empty trash cans in the kitchen and dining area and dispose of them in the dumpster.

  • Clean and wash trash cans as needed.

  • Assist with meal preparation as directed, including, but not limited to, cleaning fresh food; weighing ingredients; chopping and grinding meats, vegetables, and fruits; and watching, turning, and stirring food.

  • Assist with placing and removing food from ovens and cooktops.

  • Prepare food trays for buffet service or family-style service as directed.

  • Set up food service areas.

  • Serve meals as directed.

  • Clean service areas after meals and return unused food and materials to the kitchen/storage.

  • Set up and prepare the dining hall with supplies needed for the next meal.

  • Assist with unloading and proper storing of food and supply deliveries.

  • Assist with inventory control; notify the food service manager or cook when inventory is running low.

  • Assist in keeping materials and equipment in good condition.

  • Sort recyclables as directed.

  • Perform other related duties as necessary.

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 $1,200 - $1,800. Salary is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability.

The position will work at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi, NY. Overnight accommodations may be available upon request. Delicious meals provided by you and the 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.

Job Title:

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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