EMPLOYMENT

NOW HIRING

Email resume to pondhilljobs@gmail.com.

BARTENDER

Full or part time. Weekends and outgoing personality required. $10/hour plus tips

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FARM STORE ATTENDANT

Part time 3-4 days per week. Weekend availability and over age 18 are required. Must be outgoing and able to physically move cases of canned goods. June - October

SERVER

Looking for servers to start mid-August. Must be clean cut and personable. Fun, fast paced environment. 

BUSSER

Must be hard working and able to carry heavy loads.

FALL FESTIVAL HELP

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Looking for people to help out during our Fall Festival weekends, Sat. and Sun. from the end of September through October 11am-6pm. Jobs include working game booths, pumpkin bowling, squash rocket ammo booth, pumpkin smashing, parking attendants, and more! Help one weekend or for them all! Email if interested. 

culinary intern

Looking for a culinary intern to join our crew from August 15th - Nov. 1.  

The Garden Cafe is the social focal point of family-owned and operated Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs, MI. Pond Hill Farm is a 197 acre farm in the beautiful resort community of Harbor Springs, Michigan. We grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, wine grapes, hops, and berries. We also raise pork, lamb, and rainbow trout. Roughly 20 acres of irrigated fenced vegetables are grown in the summer months. Vegetables are grown year round in 4 unheated tunnels and started indoors in our 2 heated greenhouses. We market our products 360 days a year through our farm store and participate in five farmers markets a week in the summer months. Our farm has diversified itself to become a big tourist destination. We are also home to Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery and Tunnel Vision Brewery. Our tasting room is open year round along with the cafe. Our homemade canned goods are a mainstay of our business and most are canned onsite in our licensed canning kitchen. The cafe serves lunch daily using a mix of farm grown, local, and other ingredients year round, highlighting the vegetables grown here on the farm. Evening events include four five-course farm to table dinners over the summer, private parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions.

Internship Starts: Mid August 2018
Internship Ends: Early to Mid November 2018
Number of Interns: 1

Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months*

Meals: Interns prepare their own meals. They are able to pick produce from the fields on their own time and are provided with a discount on foods from the Farm Market. One meal is allowed free of charge during a day working in the cafe. Communal dinners are common among interns staying at the cabin.

Skills Desired: As a culinary intern it is preferred that you arrive with some basic cooking skills and knowledge of proper sanitation. Interns need to be prepared for a challenge and to take on a significant degree of responsibility in our fast-paced kitchen. Commercial cooking can be stressful. It is physically and mentally demanding but can also be fun and rewarding. We expect our interns to be self-motivated, hard working, clean-cut, drug free, non-smokers who have a strong desire to learn. Prior restaurant experience is not necessary but definitely a plus.

Educational Opportunities: There are a wide variety of educational opportunities involved. Interns meet with the chef at the beginning of the term to discuss goals and choose additional areas of interest. We strive to use as much as we can from our own farm, so there is an opportunity to learn how to rotate menu items with seasonal availability and how to turn excess or damaged produce from a liability into a profit. 

For the right candidates, opportunities exist to design, prepare, and execute a course at a Farm to Table dinner for up to 60 guests; learn about managing a staff; maintain proper prep levels with fluctuating business due to seasonality; purchase and receive raw materials; and operate a code-compliant temporary food establishment at a music festival (where only water and electricity are provided). 

In addition to the time spent in the kitchen, an average of one day per week will be spent in other areas at the farm. Interns will have opportunities to work in the tasting room, sell at farmer’s markets, assist in the canning kitchen, help in the vineyard, and frequently will assist picking in the fields. 

Stipend: $175/week plus a $25 per week bonus upon satisfactory completion of internship.

Housing: On-farm housing is provided for those able to stay for the full six months. Both culinary and farm interns stay in a lovely cabin with a large deck and walk-out basement. It has two full kitchens stocked with some basic food needs (flour, sugar, pasta, beans, rice, oils, vinegar) and two full bathrooms. Basic home essentials like toilet paper, soap, paper towels and household cleaners are also provided. The cabin overlooks Lake Michigan, the farm’s pastures, and vineyard. It has all the amenities of a furnished home.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Culinary interns will spend most of their time (average four days/week) working in The Garden Cafe preparing lunches and will be responsible for the daily set up, operation, cleaning, and closing of kitchen area as directed by the chef. These duties include but are not limited to preparation of soups and farm vegetable side dishes, short order cooking, dish washing, and advance preparation of food items in accordance with production requirements. These processes must be held to our quality standards while maintaining a safe, sanitary work environment, ensuring quality and consistency by following recipes and production and portion guidelines. 

Interns will also participate in special events. Four multi-course plated dinners are scheduled over the season and interns may take a larger role in each subsequent dinner. Other events throughout the season may include hors d'oeuvres displays, pig roasts, and casual buffets.