JOB POSTING: Kitchen Staff/Server

Now Hiring!



Join our team at Eastern Ontario’s best success story, The Back Kitchen
(aka and registered as Amherst Island Community Café),
a volunteer-led, community venture.

Are you looking for a rewarding work experience this spring, summer, fall, and possibly beyond? We are hiring two Kitchen Staff/Servers. The two Kitchen Staff/Servers are likely in secondary school or college preferably with some experience working in kitchens and serving in a restaurant.

We are seeking team players who are self-motivated and absolutely committed to customer service. To succeed you will need to demonstrate a flexible approach, problem-solving ability, and a willingness to work respectfully and helpfully with volunteer staff. You are ready to learn, ready to lead, and ready to lend a hand whenever and wherever it is needed from garbage detail, to scooping ice cream to cooking dinner for 50. You are a people-person who remembers details, who approaches tasks with skills and enthusiasm, whose positive attitude is obvious to customers and coworkers alike. You enjoy working with volunteers and serving customers.

If this sounds like a great fit we want to hear from you!

Please send your resume to [email protected] indicating the job you’re interested in, your qualifications, and what skills you believe you can bring to the Amherst Island Café. Please also include a cover letter (max one page) that answers the following question: What makes you a great candidate to work at the Amherst Island Café?

The Café is on Amherst Island within easy walking distance to the ferry from Millhaven. Please think about where you would stay before you apply.

Deadline for submission is April 25th, 2018, so get that resumé and letter in!

The Job

Café Staff, often working alongside volunteers, rotate through all aspects of Café operation including working in the kitchen and the front of house. Café staff ensure that patrons have an enjoyable café experience by providing quality customer service and food in a pleasant environment


Reporting to the Café Manager or in the absence of the Café Manager, the Assistant Manager Team Lead, Café staff must know or learn all aspects of Café operation including food preparation and presentation, dishwashing, serving, presentation of bills and acceptance of payment, and cleaning. Duties may vary depending on how busy the Café is but generally staff will be assigned to either the kitchen or the front of house for each shift.

  • Epitomizes and models customer service. Leads by example.
  • Prepares and presents food according to Café menu standards
  • Cleans the kitchen and washes dishes
  • Disposes of garbage and recycling materials
  • Prepares food and cooks menu items to order
  • Complies with food handling standards and all permits and policies including public health, safety and emergency requirements
  • Prepares food for special events and catering
  • Greets customers, takes orders, serves food, prepares bill and accepts payment, opens and closes register as required and balances at close of business
  • Does whatever else needs to be done to ensure a quality customer experience
  • Meets weekly with the Café Manager to evaluate progress and adjusts menu as appropriate

Qualifications and Skills

  • Exceptional commitment to customer service
  • Competent cook with café experience or equivalent training and references
  • Completion of training in food handling, customer service, and cash management
  • Enrolment in hospitality program and/or experience managing a Café
  • Experience waiting on customers
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances

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