General Galley Assistants

General Galley Assistants

January 5, 2023

Website Hurricane Center for Science and Leadership

General Galley Assistants

FULL SEASON: May 1 – October 14

SUMMER SEASON: June 5 – August 20

COMPENSATION: Minimum $14.05/hour, Non-exempt

NOTE: Applications for General Galley Assistants will be reviewed in the order they are received after February 10, 2023.

This is a paid, contracted position without benefits. Employees receive rustic housing for the entirety of their contracted employment and meals are provided when on Hurricane island. Wages are commensurate with experience.


The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (Hurricane) is seeking General Galley Assistants for the 2023 island season. These positions require living and working on Hurricane Island. Galley Assistants help prepare and serve all daily meals and special events for a multi-aged island community of staff, students, program participants, and visitors. The successful candidate must reflect Hurricane’s core mission of leadership and sustainability, through positive energy and enthusiasm for sustainable food practices and systems. The Galley Assistants work closely with and under the direction of the Galley Director/Head Cook and the Cook. The Galley Assistant should reflect Hurricane’s core mission of leadership and sustainability, through positive energy and enthusiasm for sustainable food practices and systems. including thoughtful food purchasing, meal and event preparation, and waste management (e.g., trash, compost, recycling). The Galley Assistant is expected to be integrated into the day-to-day operations of the island and help Hurricane maintain our collaborative and intentional community.A successful candidate must be well-organized, flexible, and able to function in a dynamic working environment. Additional responsibilities to those described here may be required, as needed.


Responsibilities & Expectations

Assist with food preparation and service of three meals a day for an island community of approximately 40-60 people.
Support an open and welcoming environment in the kitchen that is aligned with Hurricane Island’s core values and that supports a diverse educational learning community.
Work under direction of the Galley Manager/Head Cook and Cook to meet dietary needs at every meal.
Follow and enforce Maine Food Code health and sanitation regulations.
Assist in solving problems that arise regarding any aspect of foodservice.
Maintain kitchen cleanliness, food storage, and overall organization of the kitchen.
Manage program participants’ involvement in washing dishes and kitchen clean-up.
Work with Facilities Staff to keep common areas clean and sanitary.
Participate as a full member of Hurricane’s intentional community, including following and enforcing campus policies and community expectations, welcoming visitors to the island and communicating about Hurricane’s mission and work, participating in community tasks, performing other duties relating to the organization’s goals and mission as required.


Essential Qualifications

Some experience in food preparation and service.
Currently have or be willing to obtain a current Serve Safe certificate.
General knowledge of commercial kitchens and required operations.
Organized with attention to detail.
Self motivated, responsible and able to follow directions.
Knowledge of or interest in sustainable food practices and systems.
Work well on a team, providing and accepting feedback as appropriate.
Able to routinely move, lift, carry, pull or push objects or materials often exceeding 50 lbs.
Ability to work in a noisy, energetic environment while remaining welcoming to community members.
Ability and willingness to work and live in a remote island community with rustic and off-the-grid accommodations where all staff share living and work spaces.
Interest and enthusiasm for working with youth.
Work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
Demonstrated initiative to identify and complete projects by working independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
U.S. Citizen or non-citizen permanent resident.


Preferred Qualifications

Teaching experience
Knowledge and experience with farms, gardens, composting.
Certification in basic CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder.
Working experience with racial and ethnic minority groups, English language learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education.
The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is a transformative learning community on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Our mission is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community. Through experiential education programs and research opportunities in STEM disciplines we aim to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation.


Required Application Materials: Applications are due on a rolling basis unless otherwise indicated in the specific job description. We will continue to review applications until the position has been filled.

Cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant experience
Resumé or CV, which includes contact information for two references. We want a complete picture of you so don’t be afraid to include details that may not pertain directly to this job.

Copies of any relevant certifications or training experience.


In March of 2023, Hurricane Island will assess the risk factors associated with COVID-19 and determine if a staff testing protocol will be necessary.


Hurricane Island Foundation is dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion, or national origin. Because we work with middle and high school students, we are required to do background checks on all staff.

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Company: Hurricane Center for Science and Leadership

Location: Maine

ACA Accredited: No

Time Frame: Seasonal

Type of Position: Kitchen Staff

Day or Night: Overnight

Salary: Not Specified

Application Deadline:

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