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Rana Siegel

Ox-Bow Hospitality Team Member (Cook)

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

Compensation: $16.00/hr; Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included

Hospitality is the genuine desire to take care of your guests and anticipate their needs. The kitchen at Ox-Bow not only serves food to our campus, we serve care to our community.

The Hospitality Team Members prepare food for the Ox-Bow community, assist in meal planning, help build and maintain our garden and facilities, and provide an overall atmosphere of care. Working closely with the Hospitality Management Team, this position has the unique opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate on all things involving the intersection of food and art.

In addition to serving 3 meals a day during academic sessions, the Hospitality Team also provides service and support for non-academic programming activities and special events. As meal service is required 7 days a week throughout the summer, the goal is to provide a 4 day, 40 hour work week. This is a seasonal position begins mid-April; specific schedule to be determined by the Culinary Director. The goal of the kitchen is to work symbiotically in order to best accomplish our shared goals and provide a healthy work/life balance.

Ox-Bow’s Hospitality Department provides the unique opportunity to work, live, and learn in a forward thinking kitchen nestled between Lake Michigan and The Tallmadge Woods’ 115 acres of protected wilderness.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range. This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.


  • Prepares foods based on menu including salads, soups, sides, main courses, desserts, and baked goods
  • Makes mindful accommodations to serve guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Maintains and assists in order, inventory, and cleanliness of preparation and food storage areas
  • Safe operation of kitchen equipment and tools
  • Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products
  • Ensures maintenance of and cleanliness of all service areas
  • Maintains sense of urgency to ensure timely delivery of meals
  • Positive service and guest interactions
  • Receives and stocks bulk order deliveries
  • Assists in function of on-campus retail initiatives
  • Properly stores and labels food
  • Daily ongoing cleaning including dishwashing
  • Professionalism in conduct and collaboration with coworkers
  • Attends and contributes to periodic meetings
  • Openly takes direction and feedback from Hospitality Team
  • Gardening maintenance and compost management
  • Provides support for special events and guest collaborations
  • Active in communication in-person and on electronic platforms
  • Contributes to collective creativity projects and community agreements
  • Other tasks as assigned by Hospitality Management Team


  • Though experience is preferred, anyone passionate about food and art is encouraged to apply.


  • Knowledge of basic standard food preparation and storage practices
  • Knowledgeable in usage of kitchen equipment
  • Experience in preparing meals
  • Essential basic computer skills
  • Effective and professional communicator
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vendor locations in the West Michigan region

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50 lbs regularly
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Occasional travel is required for this position

Submit a completed application via submittable You will be directed to our main page; click the position(s) and follow the instructions. Resumes/CVs and Cover Letters are preferred. If you have any questions regarding the position or application process, please contact Rana Siegel, Director of Administration and Human Resources at For more information about Ox-Bow School of Art, visit

Working At Ox-Bow
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers many 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, MI