FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking an Assistant Chef

Job Title: Assistant Chef
(Full-time, Temporary, with benefits, November 15-March 31)
Organization Overview

Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world. We work toward this mission through active, authentic learning rooted in justice and our environment: a farm, in a forest, in a city. Three connected efforts are at the core of Common Ground’s work:

  • An environmental education center, offering programs that connect people of all ages with the natural world while helping them develop habits of sustainable living.Connecticut’s only charter high school focused on the environment, preparing students for success in college and in environmental leadership.
  • An urban farm that practices sustainable agriculture while contributing to a healthy food system for New Haven area residents.
  • Common Ground operates from a 20-acre site at the base of West Rock Ridge where farm, forest, and city intersect to provide a unique, real world learning laboratory.
    For more information on Common Ground, see
Job Description

The primary responsibility of this position is to assist the Chef with all duties related to maintaining the kitchen, preparing and serving food daily for 223 students and 50 staff, preserving and cooking with food from the on-site garden, staffing community programs related to cooking and healthy food, and staffing extracurricular school functions as needed.


  • Prepare and serve breakfast and lunch
  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness
  • Assist with the creation of monthly menus
  • Preserve produce from on-site farm
  • Data Entry – recipes, menus, production records (currently using Nutri Kids, and in the process of transitioning to Titan)
  • Participate on Common Ground High School’s Wellness Committee
  • Maintain inventory
  • Maintain ServSafe Certification
  • Participate in six hours of professional development (workshops, webinars, etc.)
Please send cover letter and resume to:

Betsy Sneath, Director of Business & Administration
Common Ground High School
358 Springside Ave., New Haven, CT 06515


Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity.

The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)< Act 1, Section 1 and 20 of the Connecticut Constitution, Governor Grasso’s Executive Order Number 11, Governor O’Neill’s Executive Order 9, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Law (Sec. 46a-60-69) of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Code of Fair Practices (46a-70-81), Deprivation of Civil Rights (46a-58(a)(d)), Public Accommodations Law (46a-63-64), Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a-51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439), Title I of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972.

This Affirmative Action Policy Statement re-affirms Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity.

Contact at Common Ground:
Betsy Sneath, Director of Business and Administration,
358 Springside Ave., New Haven, CT 06515 (203) 389-4333.


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