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Camp Prep Cook/Dishwasher 

About the Organization Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization based in Greensboro, Vermont. Our mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Title: Camp Prep Cook/Dishwasher


Department: Camp

Staffing Classification: Seasonal

Reports To: Camp Head Cook

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated: 2/4/2022



The Prep Cook/Dishwasher assists in the preparation of meals by chopping vegetables, maintaining the salad bar, and setting up the dining room. Although this role generally does not include line cook duties, it provides the ideal opportunity to develop and use many of the skills essential to becoming a cook.



  1. Assist in the daily operations of the camp food and dining service.
    • Prepare meal items, chop vegetables, and stock salad bar.
    • Ensure that food is properly stored, dated and labeled.
    • Prepare the dining hall before meals, stocking utensils, beverages, side dishes, and condiments.
  2. Perform routine maintenance, such as emptying the trash and mopping floors.
    • Assist in the routine sanitation of the kitchen and related equipment
    • Clean and maintain all food-service areas, including kitchen, dining hall, storage, & walk-in.
    • Reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle as much as possible.
    • Wash all dishes, serving and preparation equipment, and utensils according to regulated washing methods and temperatures.
Position Requirements


  • Some kitchen experience helpful, but not required
  • Punctuality and good communication skills are required.
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure


Work involves the ability to perform tasks while standing and walking for long periods of time (60 minutes or more). Work includes the physical ability to lift and carry objects and equipment weighing over 50 pounds.



Supervision is received from the Camp Head Cook.



This is a summer seasonal position from June to late August.

A Promise of Inclusion

Circus Smirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, particularly among our youth population. Joining Circus Smirkus – as a participant, an employee, a volunteer, or an audience member – means you belong. And to all who join, Smirkus asks for you to embrace our values and to help us create joy and magic for everyone who encounters a Smirkus program. We commit to providing everyone equal opportunity to shine— both in and out of the ring.



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