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Open Position: Cafe Assistant Manager

| July 25, 2017 |

Farm-to-table food and espresso drinks


Working at the Springs - Cafe Assistant Manager Position

We are seeking a Cafe Assistant Manager for our seasonal, poolside cafe and coffee bar, which will be serving visitors coming to Morton's Warm Springs during the last part of our public season (Fri-Sun in August, and Sat-Sun in September). We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. Our ideal Cafe Assistant Manager is someone who is also interested in one day becoming involved year-round at the Springs, and, if after this initial 2-month trial period a deeper relationship is mutually desired, the Cafe Assistant Manager would be invited to return for the duration of our entire 5-month season next year, from May-September. There may also be the possibility for some work in the off-season from September-April, e.g. playing a role in off-season operations and planning for the cafe, the farm and garden, as well as in other projects which are in service to the land and community, but this will be mutually determined at the conclusion of the season.

Job Summary

The Cafe Assistant Manager helps to manage and implement all aspects of our seasonal poolside cafe and has a close relationship with our Cafe Manager, other Morton’s staff and the community Core Team and Stewards ring. The required hours for this part-time role will be 6-8 hour shifts on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, flexibly scheduled between the hours of 9am and 8pm, throughout August (i.e. you could work earlier or later shifts, as needed). This then changes to only Saturdays & Sundays for the month of September, after which we close down the cafe (and Morton's) starting October 1st.

Our Cafe Assistant Manager is someone with culinary, restaurant and/or commercial food experience, and who is ready to try their hand at assistant managing an entire (small but mighty) operation from start to finish. We're looking for someone who is enlivened to serve simple, organic and culturally inclusive food, while feeling comfortable at anything from setting/managing a budget and managing inventory to plating food, bussing and washing dishes. The right fit for this role is someone who is committed to great customer service and is always looking for ways to improve our guests' experience. For this position you must be a self-starter committed to healthy communication and team-building. Some other huge plusses include being bilingual in Spanish; a strong supporter of local farms & food-shed movement, and someone who loves all things health and wellness-related.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with the management/coordination of all aspects of work in the cafe

  • Assist with the management/coordination of pre-prep food production

  • Coordinating and supporting cafe staff using self-management practices

  • Assist with the management of the seasonal Cafe Budget

  • Working as a liaison between the Cafe, the (future) Garden and the Resident-Stewards

  • Participating in catering/food needs for special programs and public rentals when appropriate

  • Assisting and working at annual Morton’s socials and events

  • Participating in community and staff meetings and serving appropriate advisory functions

  • Minimum availability: August 1st - September 30th, 2017, 16-24 hours/week including most every weekend

Required Qualifications

  • 1-2 years or more of experience in a cafe, kitchen or other catering professional

  • Commitment to organic sustainable food and slow food philosophies, passion for farm-fresh food and commitment to healthy eating

  • Ability to adhere to health department standards and regulations

  • Possesses valid food handler's certification or willing to become certified online within 1 month of employment

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (fluent in Spanish a plus)

  • Confidence to be self-motivated and self-managing and have the ability to work both independently and collectively

  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds

  • Good CA DMV record

  • Excellent record-keeping skills and computer literacy, proficient in Word, Excel, and Google Docs

  • Have enthusiasm for our Morton's mission to create just and sustainable communities in service to the healing of ourselves and our planet​


This is an initial 2-month position, working 16-24 hours/week. Compensation is offered based on experience, and many added perks accompany the job (free Family Membership to Morton's, passes, etc.). Candidates will live offsite, yet if the fit is mutual, a live/work position in the future may become a potential.

To Apply

Early application is encouraged. For the Cafe Assistant Manager position we are accepting applications until Friday, August 11, 2017, with a start date for the job ASAP. Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of current references to Laurie Hobbs, at with the position name in the subject (e.g “Cafe Assistant Manager”). Resumes without cover letters or references will not be considered. Please refer to for background on Morton’s and our programs.

We are committed to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate based on an individual’s race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or on any other basis prohibited by law.

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