• Cornman Farms
  • $12
  • Hourly
  • Temporary - Part Time


in Dexter MI

is hiring Seasonal Event Porters

for our 2018 season


  • Are you looking for an exciting job during the summer/fall months?
  • Do you want to be a part of high-end weddings and other events?
  • Do you have a passion for providing excellent customer service to guests?
  • Do you have a flexible schedule and can work as late as 2am?

If you answered yes to these, you should apply to be a part of our team for the 2018 season!


The Event Porters are responsible for delivery of the Cornman Farms experience to all guests. This is a great opportunity for someone that is willing to do whatever needs to get done, and really enjoys working with people!  As our business grows, this position has potential to become part-time.

These positions will be setting up and taking down for events.  This includes dishwashing, moving and setting up tables & chairs, helping set up and breaking down of our events in the tent, farmhouse, and barn, cleaning and helping with inventory, and assisting with the overall appearance of the grounds.   In addition, this position has an opportunity for barback shifts.

Saturdays are the biggest event day of the week and will be booked nearly every week through December. Additional event staffing will be dependant on many factors and can fall on any day or time of the rest of the week.

Temporary, Part-Time hours.

Days and Nights, Weekends, Flexible Hours Required

This position is from March through December 2018.


Reports to:  Operations Manager

Our Performance Expectations are:

The main role of this position is to assist with the setting up and breaking down of all events, including:

  • Dishwashing using automatic dishwashing machine and 3 compartment sink
  • Moving and arranging tables and chairs
  • Placing linens on tables
  • Mopping and sweeping floors in all event spaces before and after events
  • Ensures that all rentals (plates, glassware, furniture, flatware, etc) are clean and properly stored
  • Gives exceptional service to all customers at our events
  • Responds quickly to requests from guests, co-workers, supervisors and managers while being accurate, polite and enthusiastic
  • Maintains a professional image at all times through actions and appearance
  • Assist with the overall appearance of the grounds including picking up trash and debris
  • Cleans and maintains a safe and sanitary work environment.
  • Demonstrates proper handling of food service equipment.
  • Demonstrates proper handling and storage of cleaning equipment.
  • May assist with serving or hosting as needed for special events
  • Identifies and works to resolve any issues that might occur during events
  • Adheres to the highest standards of service while assisting with all areas of event operations.
  • Conducts all business in accordance with Zingerman's Guiding Principles
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the success of the business and team members.
  • Acts as a process engineer by following, improving and creating SOP's.**
  • Reports to work on time and is ready to work at the start of each shift.
  • Follows proper procedure for sick calls and schedule requests.
  • May assist with serving, preparing or cooking as needed for special events

***Everyone at Cornman Farms is a Process Engineer in addition to their primary role!  Process engineering involves translating the needs of the guest into tasks and then the tasks into SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), then executing the SOPs focusing on the value added steps the guest needs and wants to reduce the 8 forms of waste.  Each use of a task and SOP focuses on continuous improvement to make these steps better for the guests, employees and the business.


The Success Patterns for this position are:

  • Experience working in food service or events is a plus
  • Ability to work late nights
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays
  • Has a flexible schedule with an ability to work shifts on an variable basis
  • Is able to follow directions in the moment, under time pressure, with a smile
  • Demonstrated ability to understand organized systems and work in an organized workspace.
  • Can work long shifts that require standing/walking/bending throughout shift
  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a physically demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to set and meet priorities.
  • Ability to effectively manage their emotions in the workplace.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism regarding job performance.
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality.
  • Has a reputation for maintaining excellent relations with all levels of staff
  • Has reliable transportation to and from work

Physical Requirements:

  • Stooping, Kneeling, and Crouching: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles
  • Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction
  • Near Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
  • Lifting: Raising or lowering an object, at least 50 lbs,  from one level to another (includes upward pulling)
  • Carrying: Transporting an object, up to 65 lbs, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder
  • Standing: Remaining on one's feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about for an extended period of time
  • Feeling:  Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips


Successful Candidates will have the following personal characteristics:

  • Passionate about great food and great service
  • Well organized and able to multitask
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated and remains calm, especially under pressure
  • High level of integrity and honesty
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Flexible and hardworking
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic
  • Committed to their own professional and personal development
  • Desire to constantly learn and be challenged
  • Systems-driven, excited about continuous improvement and waste elimination
  • Not afraid to get dirty and work hard
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