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Food Program Assistant

The American Youth Foundation inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social, and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.

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.  Summer 2022 will include two weeks of paid staff training beginning June 16, followed by two three-week camp sessions ending August 14.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as an active member of the Food Program team, participating in team meetings, supporting colleagues and taking on responsibilities as directed by the Food Program Manager
  • Assist in preparation of meals, accommodating specialty diets and allergies
  • Assist in receiving orders, maintaining cleanliness of all food storage areas, and practicing and overseeing 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 camp activities like Flag Raising, Evening Reflections, etc., as schedule allows
  • Promptly discuss any difficult situations that arise in camper or staff relationships 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 completing requested records and written reports, and other duties as assigned.

General Functions

  • Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, Best Self practices and balanced Four-Fold growth according to the philosophy of AYF by instruction and example.
  • 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 physical, mental, and emotional health. Must be adaptable and exhibit good judgement.
  • Interest and enthusiasm for learning how to work in a large-scale professional kitchen
  • 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

Vision for all AYF Employees:

  • Show commitment to the AYF Core Valuesof safety, respect, responsibility, stewardship, and inclusion.
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics by displaying the following behaviors:
    • Integrity, openness, and honesty, listening and understanding, giving, and receiving constructive feedback, seeking a balance between personal and professional lives, dependability, and accountability.
  • Adhere to all policies and guidelines as described in the AYF employee handbook.

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
  • No professional kitchen experience required
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid (training available for accepted applicants)


  • Seasonal pay: $4,000
  • Referral Bonus: $200 paid at the end of summer for each hired employee the applicant refers
  • Food Program Assistants will receive one day off for every six days worked.   

Recognizing the full value of all, the American Youth Foundation affords equal opportunity for employment and program participation to all individuals based on merit and / or eligibility without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, familiar status, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for this position.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.