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Kitchen Assistant

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 4, 2023

Kitchen Assistant

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Kitchen Assistant position. The Kitchen Assistant is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $18.60 per hour. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

This position is eligible for a bonus of up to $1,500.00 payable upon completion of 3 months of service.

The Kitchen Assistant supports the efforts of Amherst College Dining Services in providing the diverse campus community with excellent service and production of our menus. This position assists the culinary team with the production and implementation of menu items. This individual takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

The Kitchen Assistant supports the efforts of Amherst College Dining Services by providing the campus community with excellent service and quality work. The Kitchen Assistant is responsible for ensuring that the pots, pans, utensils and other wares used in cooking, baking and service are presented in a clean, sanitary and organized fashion, while providing essential support to the efforts of the culinary team. They are also responsible for helping to maintain a clean and organized kitchen by actively engaging in general cleaning duties while managing the trash, compost and recycling systems to standard. They may also be directed to assist in the basic preparation of menu items or be requested to assist in a supportive service capacity within Dining Services. They work to ensure the highest quality and consistency of performance while maintaining the required standards of sanitation at all times.

The work schedule varies and corresponds to the College's operational needs. This position generally works (2) Day shifts usually Tuesday - Saturday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm. At times, this position may be asked to assist with production in student dining or assist with catering and campus-wide events at any time. As our work is central to student life, their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times is required. In addition, the position is designated as providing essential services and should report to work, or remain on duty even though the College is closed. Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Providing sanitary wares through the proper use of a 4-compartment sink - wash, rinse and sanitize
  • Proper use and maintenance of a ware-washing machine
  • Proper use, storage and disposal of required chemicals
  • Proper use of personal protection equipment
  • Maintaining organized kitchen equipment storage areas to standard
  • The cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces, equipment, floors, ceilings and walls
  • Preparation of menu items as assigned per production sheets while adhering to standardized recipes for accuracy
  • Support to service areas prior to and during meals as requested
  • Maintain operational standards and Health Department regulations
  • Ensure all areas are maintained in an orderly, clean, and sanitary manner
  • Maintain accurate titration logs of sanitizers and temperature per code requirements
  • Perform work in a safe and efficient manner; ensure operational organization before, during, and after service
  • Ensure that equipment used is in sound, working order; tools used are properly cared for and stored
  • Communicate operational needs and concerns effectively and proactively
  • Maintain a commitment to the quality of our resources and work to prevent loss and eliminate waste
  • Promote our standards of quality and service and the safety of our work environment
  • Effectively collaborates with a diverse group of colleagues and students


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Current ServSafe Manager Certification or be able to achieve within (6) months of employment
  • Allergen Awareness as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Entry Level with the ability to function efficiently in a high volume fast-paced environment
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Strong organizational, and time management skills
  • Ability to work with chemicals effectively
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community
  • Attention to detail
  • Work flexible hours based upon departmental needs including extended shifts
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and lift test
  • Commitment to effectively working with a diverse community

  • Previous utility, support or stewarding experience in a similar, high-volume, scratch operation

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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