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Molly Markow

Seasonal Chef

Position Title: Chef

Reports To: Head Chef

Location: Saugatuck, MI

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

Compensation: $13.65/hr

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. This seasonal Chef position prepares food for the Ox-Bow community, assists in meal planning, and upholds the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation in the kitchen. Working closely with the Head Chef and the kitchen team, the seasonal Chef will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on best practices and systems. They will also support our kitchen’s standards of locality and sustainability. 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 early-November, and will include evening and weekend hours.


  • Prepares foods based on selected menu including salad bar, soups, main courses, desserts, and baked goods
  • Makes adjustments to food items to accommodate guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Assists in tracking inventory of ingredients
  • Maintains order in food storage areas
  • Operates various kitchen appliances such as blender, mixer, food processor, oven, grill, stove tops, etc.
  • Works with meat, poultry, fish, other animal products
  • Has and continues to develop knife skills
  • Ensures beverage bar is adequately stocked and maintained
  • Ensures toast bar is adequately stocked and maintained
  • Ensures meals are ready on time
  • Serves food to guests
  • Receives and stocks bulk food deliveries
  • Properly stores and labels food
  • Cleans food preparation and service areas as determined by law and company policy, both through daily cleaning practice and deep cleaning projects
  • Cleans up after meal service, including dishwashing
  • Upholds the highest standards of hygiene in prep and service areas
  • Attends and contributes to weekly meal planning meetings
  • Takes direction from manager on duty
  • Minor gardening support and compost pile management as assigned by manager on duty
  • Other tasks as assigned by manager on duty


1+ years experience in the food industry preferred


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

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