Hiring: Culinary Program Coordinator – Appleton Farms

Join Us. As the flagship of The Trustees Agriculture Program, Appleton Farms is a historic Farm and Education Center with regenerative agriculture practices and a soil-to-plate mission rooted in a cultural heritage dating back to 1638. With its rich mosaic of ecological resources, its historic cultural landscapes and buildings, its walking and horseback trails, its well-established organic vegetable and grass-fed livestock programs, its thriving farm-based camp and educational offerings, and its celebrated farm store, culinary programs and food service, Appleton Farms is one of New England’s most treasured year-round agricultural heritage destinations.

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The Culinary Program Coordinator will support Appleton Farms’ mission by facilitating and executing high-quality culinary events. In addition to event facilitation, this role supports the Appleton team in providing customer service to event attendees and partners. This is a hands-on, fast-paced position.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for food and cooking, sustainable agriculture and local farming, plus will bring skills and experience related to excellent customer service, event coordination and food service retail management experience. This position is highly independent and requires someone who is a self-starter. At least two years of similar work experience is necessary.

The Culinary Program Coordinator is a front of house position that will execute events on a regular schedule within the Appleton Farms days and times of programs (weekends a must). The position is for approximately 10-20 hours per week and may vary due to demand, special programming or weather. Start date is flexible.

Essential Functions:

  • Upholding high standards of customer service, including greeting every customer, educating them about Appleton Farms and The Trustees and helping them in a professional and friendly manner.

  • Educating and selling of Trustees memberships.

  • Managing the POS system including event tickets, memberships and sales.

  • Managing the POS system backend.

  • Maintaining high standards of sanitation and safety.

  • Performing opening and closing duties, including set-up and breakdown of display table to standard.

  • Informing customers about menu items, including allergy information as necessary.

  • Assisting chefs, bakers, or programming partners with execution of programs, both FOH & BOH.

  • Execution of in-house culinary programming to the standards of The Trustees and Appleton Farms.

  • Some light food prep and pizza making from time to time (training provided if needed)

  • Execution of catering and private events to the standards of The Trustees and Appleton Farms.

  • Supporting Culinary Program & Food Service Manager, Associate Culinary Managers and Engagement Manager as needed.

  • Other related assignments as necessary.


  • Undergraduate degree

  • Minimum two years food service experience preferred

  • Food Safety Certification (Servsafe) or willingness to obtain certification if requested

  • Allergen Awareness Certification or willingness to obtain certification if requested

  • TIPS Certification or willingness to obtain certification if requested

Flexible work schedule (weekends a must)

  • Able to work well independently and in a team environment.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • High regard for teamwork, collegiality and customer service.

This position requires a flexible schedule, that will require evening and weekend hours and the ability to lift 50lbs independently and spend periods of time standing outdoors in all kinds of weather.

About The Trustees

The Trustees places are open to all, and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891 by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. We aim to protect special places for future generations to enjoy in perpetuity. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 27,000+ acres on more than 120 reservations that are open to the public. We are a non-profit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and our 100,000 Member households.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. Every season brings an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

The Trustees is a proud equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any protected status including, but not limited to, age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, religion, or disability status and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

Our commitment to advancing the organization’s vision for this work may be found here: Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity

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