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Kitchen Helper/Dishwasher

  2019-10-18     Esalen Institute     55000 Highway 1, Big Sur     Commensurate with experience   

Come roll up your sleeves and level up the Dining experience at Esalen.

At Esalen, we care about being present. We bring that to everything we do. We don’t just build a table, we build a work of art that’s also a table. We don’t just say hello, we make eye contact and listen with intention. We feel the same way about our team members - showing up in support of their full being. We offer great health care, access to workshops, and the space to do your personal and collective work.

We stand for supporting you to realize your potential.


This role plays a key part of the Esalen Kitchen team. You will be expected to perform a variety of duties from meal preparation to improving the overall dining experience of our seminarians and cleaning, organizing and keeping the kitchen area and cooking tools and equipment sanitized. This role requires shift work, reports to the Kitchen Manager and is located on property in Big Sur.

What Will This Role Do?

  • Prepare a variety of food items for cooking
  • Brew and maintain coffee service items
  • Wash, peel, mix and/or cut food items, including fruits, vegetables, or certain types of meats
  • Portion or wrap food items or dishes
  • Store food in containers and in the fridge or freezer
  • Weigh or measure ingredients
  • Re-fill kitchen condiment bottles and shakers
  • Stack and store food supplies, equipment, or other utensils in the kitchen
  • Wipe down kitchen surfaces using proper sanitizers
  • Clean any used kitchenware (e.g., knives) or dishes
  • Empty the garbage or squeeze out the mop into a bucket
  • Take out trash bags from kitchen to garbage receptacles and compost bins
  • Maintain and stock front of house items
  • Ensure the cleanliness and presentation of all food and beverage areas
  • Arrive in a reliable and timely manner, this position works on-site.
  • Wash dishes
  • Verify and stock inventory
  • Keep the dishwashing area clean and safe
  • Keep the receiving area clean, including breaking down boxes, organizing recycling, hosing down area
  • Support the community and kitchen policy of composting and recycling
  • Mop floors, cleaning equipment and walk-in areas
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Participating in 15-minute attunements as required
  • Other various tasks as assigned

Qualifications, Requirements and Skills

  • Previous experience working in a restaurant setting is preferred.
  • Food Handlers Permit
  • Basic Knife Skills
  • Punctuality and timekeeping
  • Ability to work under moderate pressure with strict timelines
  • Strict adherence to safety and sanitation standards
  • Move quickly and efficiently in small and sometimes crowded spaces
  • Ability to react and respond calmly and graciously in stressful and demanding situations
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to lift 50-pound boxes and bags

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the teammate must be able to maneuver on uneven ground, stand for long periods of time, often carry and lift up to 50 pounds, operate food preparation appliances and machinery, tolerate exposure to changes in temperature, and be able perform daily repetitive hand movements as it pertains to food preparation.


The pay for this position is commensurate with experience. This role includes a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and paid time off. Esalen gives teammates access to an extensive range of daily experiential classes (yoga, dance, tai chi, and meditation), ongoing in-house education and training programs, and scholarship for Esalen workshops and massage.

Esalen provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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