Harwood Gold is a women-owned maple syrup farm and specialty food store & cafe located in Charlevoix, Michigan. Our family has made maple syrup since the 1800’s, and we now make many products using pure maple syrup as the only sweetener. Our store is half store (with all of our maple products), and half cafe (with a full espresso menu, grab-and-go lunch options, and baked goods). All Harwood Gold products are made in our production kitchen located on the farm.

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All wages are competitive and depend on experience. Serious applicants only.

Current Job Openings at Harwood Gold

Updated: October 5, 2020

Production Kitchen Assistant

Harwood Gold Farm
61 Parsons Road, Charlevoix

This can be a Full or Part Time position. Resume required.

We are looking for a highly motivated, positive, and organized Production Kitchen Assistant. This candidate will assist in product creation duties as part of a kitchen team, which includes food prep, preparing food according to recipes, and packaging and labeling of prepared products. In addition, they will help with general cleaning duties as required.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working as part of the kitchen team, prepare all products from the Harwood Gold product line according to recipes; package and label prepared products.
  • Working as part of the kitchen team, assist in food prep for products sold at the Harwood Gold café, including meat and fruit pies, and baked goods.
  • Operate food processing equipment, including mixer, steam kettle, bottling machine, etc.
  • Receive food deliveries, confirm delivery is accurate, record order, unpack as necessary, and ensure food is properly stored.
  • As required, wash all pots, cooking and serving equipment, clean all kitchen surfaces and floors, as per the requirements of the Food Hygiene Management System.
  • Monitor and take responsibility for the quality of products made and ensure all preparation processes follow standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Planning and Organizational Skills

  • Daily duties will be determined by the kitchen manager, but candidate must be able to prioritize and plan based on business needs and time needed for preparation. Most recipes must be completed once started, so planning and organization skills are important to prevent extended hours.
  • Must be able to work effectively and efficiently, for example, laying out food items to be assembled or prepared in a logical manner. In addition, remove all waste after each item is prepared and fully clean down surfaces and materials, as per the legal requirements laid down in Food Hygiene Management System.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Some experience in food preparation is required. An ability to learn through experience and training is expected, given that this job involves the operation and cleaning of some very technical and expensive cooking equipment.
  • Current holder of a food hygiene qualification desirable, although full training will be made available, with an expectation to achieve the basic level qualification within 6 months of hire.

Job Context and Other Relevant Information

  • A production kitchen environment can be physically demanding, at times requiring heavy lifting, sometimes long periods of repetitive tasks, and standing for most of the day. A certain degree of bending, stretching, twisting and constant movement is required, and an ability to work at a quick pace when necessary.
  • Flexibility in the production schedule is required to accommodate changes based on product demand and business requirements. You must be prepared to extend working hours when required, as most recipes must be completed once begun.
  • Must be prepared to work on any task listed under Main Responsibilities, as determined by the kitchen manager.