Merrowvista Jobs

Food Program Assistant

General Overview: Food Program Assistants help with food preparation, service, kitchen clean-up and dish washing to ensure healthy, safe meals for the staff and campers.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as an active member of the Food Program team, supporting colleagues and taking on responsibilities as directed by the Food Program Manager
  • Assist in preparation of meals
  • Assist in accommodating specialty diets and allergies for staff/participants
  • Assist in receiving orders
  • Maintain cleanliness of all food storage areas
  • Practice and oversee safe food handling procedures, according to local, state, and Federal and ACA regulations
  • Responsible for daily cleaning of food preparation areas and tools, including all prep surfaces, pots, pans, sweeping and mopping of floors
  • Participate in food program team meetings, engaging in solution-based problem solving and positive communication
  • Participate in all camp activities as the kitchen schedule allows (ex. Evening programs, Flag Raising)
  • Promptly discuss any difficult situations that arise in camper or staff relationships, discipline, and other areas of concern with the Coordinator and Director
  • Establish personal and professional goals for the summer and work toward those goals
  • Complete all job functions, including requested records, written reports, and other duties as assigned.

General Functions

  • Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, and AYF mission and values driven practices.
  • Protect the safety and health of campers by adhering to community expectations and following all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook, including our alcohol-, drug-, and tobacco-free camp policy and AYF COVID-19 Staff Eligibility and Expectations.
  • Fully participate in and be present at all community activities and staff training

Required Skills

  • Strong emotional and mental health. Must be adaptable and exhibit good judgement to determine what is in best interest of the campers in their care.
  • Effective communication with youth participants and adult staff across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Ability to foster positive relationships.
  • Ability to understand, promote, actively include, and work effectively with diverse perspectives and identities
  • Thorough understanding of critical issues shaping the lives of young people in the U.S., especially racial and gender equity, inclusivity, justice, ethics, and cultural competency.

Work Environment 

  • Position is located at Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. The Merrowvista site necessitates the ability to move through rugged terrain.
  • Food Program Assistants will live onsite during staff training and during the two camp sessions.  

Education, Experience, or Certifications  

  • Must be 18 or older and one year post-high school graduation experience
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid (training available for accepted applicants) 


  • Weekly pay: $500
  • Food Program Assistants will receive one day off for every six days worked.