Miniwanca Jobs

Food Program Staff

Miniwanca Food Program Staff are responsible, energetic, and team-oriented individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Are you ready to be part of a community from around the world? Are you ready to make connections, experience joy, and help build something special? Miniwanca’s Food Program Staff will spend the summer doing all of that and more.

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach. A second, inland lake provides the perfect setting for swimming, sailing, and canoeing.

At Camp Miniwanca, Food Program Staff are a part of a team that prepares and serves healthy meals for our participants and staff. You will work closely together with other team members from around the globe to keep camp running at its best.

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What should I know before applying?

Food program staff...

  • Work well in team.

  • Love to learn and gain new experiences.

  • See themselves as positive role models for youth.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the dates of employment?

    Food program staff starts earlier than most summer staff for training during our school programs. The earliest date of arrival is May 19th and can go through August 10th. Not everyone will begin on May 19th. Considerations will be made for availability and most staff will begin by the first week of June.

    Are Food Program Staff allowed to be involved in activities with the campers and other staff?

    YES! We want you to get the full camp experience while you are here. Eat meals with a cabin on your time off, join in the fun of the talent show, hike the trails and dunes, and spend some time in the craft house. We are one big community here at Miniwanca.

    Is food and housing provided?

    Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.

    What do the living arrangements look like?

    Food Program Staff will live in our open air cabins with other staff members. Our cabins have open windows with no screens on them and have flaps that roll down to cover the windows in inclement weather. We suggest you bring mosquito netting to cover the twin size bed.

    I don't have a car. How do I get to camp?

    Miniwanca will pick up Food Program Staff on specific days from local airports and bus stations. If you are flying internationally or do not have a car and are interested in using public transportation to get to camp please talk to your supervisors about what options are available to you.

    I have never been to camp before. Is that okay?

    It is not uncommon for Food Program Staff to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. Many of our staff are international and have not traveled out of their home country before. Food Program Staff should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca, especially if this is their first time at Miniwanca or at summer camp in general.

    What will I be doing in the kitchen?

    The main responsibilities of the food program team are preparing ingredients for the daily recipes. This includes washing, peeling, and chopping fruits and vegetables. Other duties include baking desserts, receiving and putting away food orders, cleaning work areas, doing dishes, taking out garbage, and cleaning the floors.

    What is the schedule like?

    The work week is 6 days with one day off. The shifts are nine hours with two half hour meal breaks.

    What if I have dietary needs?

    Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is a peanut and tree nut aware facility and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered as needed.