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Molly Markow

Dishwasher/Prep Cook

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title: Dishwasher/Prep Cook

Reports To: Head Chef

Location: Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full-Time, Non-Exempt


Revised February 2021

Ox-Bow School of Art is an 111-year old art school and artists’ residency whose kitchen has long been a backbone of its culture and operations. The Dishwasher/Prep Cook position supports the upkeep of excellent standards of hygiene and sanitation in Ox-Bow’s kitchen and provides food preparation support. The primary tasks of the person filling this position will be to do dishes, clean the kitchen, and clean communal dining campus areas per CDC-recommended standards. The Dishwasher/Prep Cook will also perform cooking prep work as assigned by the kitchen manager on duty. Working closely with the Head Chef and the kitchen team, the Dishwasher/Prep Cook will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best cleanliness practices and systems. They will also support our kitchen’s standards of locality and sustainability by maintaining our campus gardens, chicken flock and compost. The person in this seasonal, full-time position can either live on campus during working months or commute from a local residence. This position will run from mid-May to mid-October, and will include evening and weekend hours.


  • Wash, dry, and store dishes/pots/pans
  • Clean food preparation areas as determined by law and company policy
  • Sweep and mop kitchen and dining areas
  • Clean floor mats
  • Wipe down counters/dining tables
  • Ensure beverage bar is adequately cleaned, stocked and maintained
  • Ensure toast bar/snack area is adequately cleaned, stocked and maintained
  • Take out trash, recycling and compost
  • Food prep work as assigned, such as chopping vegetables for the salad bar, preparing dressings, light butchering, other ingredient prep
  • Aid in retrieving and organizing incoming supply/ingredient shipments when needed
  • Assist in serving food to customers
  • Upkeep campus gardens, chicken flock and compost as assigned
  • Provide support for special events as assigned by Culinary Director


1+ years experience in the food industry preferred


  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage techniques
  • Skills and interest in preparing meals a plus
  • Basic computational skills
  • Flexible working schedule necessary
  • Effective and clear communicator
  • Organized, optimistic, creative, tenacious
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lb. and stand for long periods of time
  • A passion for the arts preferred

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Saugatuck