Seasonal Farm Food Functions Manager (Catering)

Supervisor: Executive Chef

Employee Status:  Seasonal, Full Time

Location: In-person at Shelburne Farms

Start & End Date: April 29, 2024 - October 29, 2024

Pay Range:  $25/hour

Work Schedule: 7 day operation; Typical schedule is 5 days/week, 8am - 4pm 

Housing: Seasonal staff housing available from May - October


Who We’re Looking for

  • Mission-Aligned: You are excited to be part of Shelburne Farms’ mission to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future and you understand how important the hospitality and food experiences we offer are for advancing the Farm’s mission.
  • Organized: Organization is key in a fast- paced environment 
  • Flexible: When difficulties arise you are able to find creative solutions,  improve someone’s day and deepen a relationship.   
  • Collaborative:  You thrive in an environment that relies upon collaboration for success and recognize the importance of teamwork with all staff members.  
  • Creative:  You are excited about finding creative ways to utilize farm fresh products as the seasons progress.
  • Leader:  You lead by example, and work side by side with your teams.  You understand the importance of supportive training, are clear with your directions, and are patient as your team learns the ropes.  You value team members’ differences and thrive when working with a diverse team.  

The Work You’ll Do

  • Work with the kitchen management team to produce daily food menu items for the farm cart and on-site programs with a focus on produce and meats from Shelburne Farms’ Market Garden as well as other local farm food partners.
  • Lead production kitchen staff in the absence of a kitchen management team.
  • Maintain target food cost.
  • Coordinate recipes and production logs with Packaged Foods Coordinator.
  • Maintenance of HAACP program and logs.
  • Follow daily and weekly cleaning schedules.
  • Ability to train staff for food safety and sanitation.
  • Keep a positive attitude and promote a respectful work environment


What You’ll Bring 


  • Experience for preparing and sharing locally sourced, simply prepared and beautifully presented, great tasting nutritious food.
  • 3 years or more savory cooking experience in a high volume setting (catering experience a plus). 
  • Kitchen management experience.  
  • Strong leadership, organizational, administrative, problem solving and communication skills.
  • Self motivated, team player with flexibility to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Excellent knife skills and extensive understanding of various cooking techniques, both savory and pastry. 
  • Inspired by the Farm’s mission, vision, core values and strategic plan, and personally and professionally committed to advancing social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • A working knowledge of the Google/Microsoft Office suite of programs (Sheets, Docs, Excel, etc.) a plus. 
  • This position may require a criminal background check due the proximity to our Children’s Farm Yard, day visitors and overnight guests staying in our lodging. We strive to provide equal opportunities to applicants with varied backgrounds, and encourage folks from all walks of life to apply. See our EOE statement below. 


Additional Valued Qualifications 

  • Work well under pressure and strive to motivate others 
  • Ability to work weekends and some holidays as needed
  • Opening experience a plus
  • A passion for great food and hospitality 


Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Physically demanding work on a working dairy farm, in settings with no central heat or air conditioning.
  • Fast-paced dining environment.
  • Carrying and moving items up and down stairs, including items weighing approx. 40 lbs. 
  • Commitment to contribute to and maintain a tidy shared workspace.
  • Indoor and outdoor work environment.
  • Moving over uneven terrain.



  • We offer a 30% discount on Farm products.
  • Six (6) days (total of 48 hours) of paid Sick Time for all seasonal employees, regardless of average hours worked/week and length of seasonal time working on the farm.


To Apply

If our vision and mission excite you, we hope you will share with us your experience and skill set that you feel would qualify you to make a contribution to the Farm.


You are invited to submit an application by email, in person, or by mail to: 

  • with “Lower Kitchen Lead Cook” in the subject line, or
  • Shelburne Farms attn: Human Resources, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
  • No resume or access to create one? Call our Human Resource Director at 802-985-0370.


We recognize the resume doesn’t tell us everything so please include a response with your resume to better answer why your unique characteristics and life experience will help you in this position. We are happy to hear more about what you feel you will bring to the role.


At Shelburne Farms, we value equitable access to employment opportunities and career growth as central to our vision for a sustainable future.  We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and strongly stand against discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to shifting our resources towards amplifying and uplifting historically marginalized communities to provide a fair and just opportunity for employment.  Candidates with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Full Time
Date Posted: March 11