Employment Opportunities

Fetzer Institute
Culinary Services Assistant: Application Deadline Dec. 5, 2016, or Until Position Is Filled

The Fetzer Institute announces an opening for a culinary services assistant with experience in food preparation in a service-oriented environment. Qualified applicants will possess advanced culinary skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented atmosphere. This position is full-time, possibly including evenings and weekends.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, moderate reading, writing, and math skills (especially fractions), and the ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures. This position requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, stand for long periods of time, reach, bend, and push and pull carts weighing up to 300 pounds. The ability to operate basic kitchen appliances is essential.

This position will assist in preparing and serving meals for Institute staff, retreat center guests, and special events. Key responsibilities include:

  • Preparing both sweet and savory baked goods

  • Complying with applicable sanitation, health and personal hygiene standards and following established food production procedures

  • Assisting in the set-up and teardown of meal and break services, serving lines, and banquet tables

  • Completing assigned cleaning tasks, including sweeping and mopping floors, clearing tables, washing dishes, and taking out trash

  • Assisting in maintaining proper inventory levels and unloading and storing weekly deliveries

The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit, private operating foundation located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our mission is to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world.

A competitive compensation and benefits package and an excellent working environment are offered. We encourage applications from people representing diverse backgrounds. Qualified candidates may mail or e-mail (preferred) a letter of interest and résumé or complete an employment application at the address below by December 5 to:

job1216@fetzer.org
(please use "job1216" in the subject line)

Human Resources
Fetzer Institute
9292 West KL Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

The Fetzer Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The staff of the Fetzer Institute is comprised of approximately 60 talented individuals working in Programs, Administration, and Operations:

Programs – Program staff work collaboratively with outside partners and consultants to develop, manage, evaluate, and promote Institute programs. 

Administration – Administrative staff work with Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems and Services, and Program Administration in support of our many programs.

Operations – Our Operations team maintains Institute’s properties and provides culinary and other guests services for visitors to Seasons, our private retreat center in Kalamazoo, and GilChrist, our public retreat center in Three Rivers, Michigan.

The Fetzer Institute uses a multi-step applicant review process and contacts only those candidates whose qualifications meet the criteria listed in our job postings. We do not accept unsolicited applications or résumés.

The Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination against an applicant for employment, or an employee, on the basis of race, religion, national origin, creed, ethnic group, gender, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identification, color, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

The following links about Kalamazoo may be helpful if you are considering employment at the Fetzer Institute:
Discover Kalamazoo
City of Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Promise: Tuition for graduates of the public high schools of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Public Schools