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Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H Camp Hidden Valley: Kitchen Assistant - Watkins Glen, NY in Watkins Glen, New York

The mission of Hidden Valley 4-H Camp is to provide youth with a fun, residential camp experience under the guidance of positive role models that emphasize community building, positive social interactions, environmental awareness, and skill-building.

The Kitchen Assistant helps with food preparation, service, and storage. Responsible for kitchen sanitation, including but not limited to cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, utensils, and equipment; disposing of food and other waste products; storing food properly.


The summer camp season includes one week of mandatory pre-camp training from June 30th through July 7th, five full weeks, and one partial week of residential and day camp that runs from Sunday at 11:00 AM to Friday at 6:00 PM except the weekend starting August 9th. This weekend will be a working weekend for all camp staff. Specific dates the camp is in operation are July 7th through August 13th. The Kitchen Assistant will remain at the camp until August 16th to assist in closing the camp facility.

Specific Responsibilities

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

  • Ensure cleanliness of food preparation and delivery areas*

  • Follow all Department of Health regulations and ACA guidelines for the kitchen area, including food prep

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

  • Sweep and mop the kitchen and adjacent areas.

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

  • Empty trash cans in the dining area and dispose of the garbage bags in the dumpster.

  • Clean and wash trash cans as needed.

  • Sanitize kitchen surfaces and equipment regularly throughout the day.

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

  • Transport food to the dining area and set up food service tables.

  • Serve meals as directed.

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

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

  • Compost food waste from the kitchen.

  • Sort recyclables as directed.

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

  • identified.

  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff training and meetings.

  • Support and embrace diversity in all interactions with campers, other staff members, volunteers, and parents. Implement programs that engage diverse backgrounds, interests, and learning styles.

  • Other duties may be assigned as required


  • Must be 16 years or older to meet the age requirements for the position set by the NYS DOH.

  • Able to work flexible hours, including early mornings, mid-day, and evening mealtimes.

  • Willingness and flexibility to adjust to camp resources, conditions, and programming.


This is a full time, (TEMPORARY) exempt position.

Salary and Benefit Details

The rate of pay will be $1500.00. (Rate will be reduced for any time scheduled but not worked during the period) The pay rate is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability. Benefits are not available for this position

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

To be considered for this position, all candidates must:

  • Complete ALL sections of the online application and questionnaires.

  • Attach a Cover Letter.

  • Attach a Resume.


  • External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) Please refer to the "Applying for a Job (External Candidate)" document for additional guidance here:

  • Internal Applicants : Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County are considered internal applicants. Please log into Workday to search jobs and apply using your professional profile.

    Contact Bruce Condie at with any questions.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities, and providing equal program and employment opportunities

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Contact Name:

Kelsey James

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.

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement ( . This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

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. As provided in New York State County Law Article 5, Section 224, the independent county and regional extension service associations are locally operated under the direction of Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. County and regional extension service association employees are employed by their association to engage in educational work and are not employees of Cornell University. Look for us on the web at