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MacDowell, the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary artist residency program, seeks a full-time Cook to join a small, well-organized kitchen team that prepares and serves nourishing meals for 24-32 artists-in-residence and occasional guests. This position is based in Peterborough, NH and reports to the Head Chef.


  • Prepare and cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for four 8-hour shifts weekly
  • Breakfast/Lunch shifts are from 5a-1p; Dinner shifts are from 12-8p
  • Ensure that meals are prepared in a timely manner and meet quality standards.
  • Collaborate with the Head Chef and kitchen team to plan menus.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work area, following all food safety and sanitation guidelines.
  • Operate kitchen equipment such as ovens, stoves, grills, and fryers.
  • Contribute to a warm and welcoming dining environment for artists and guests.
  • Adhere to dietary restrictions when preparing meals.
  • Assist with special events as needed.


  • 3+ years of previous experience working in a restaurant or kitchen setting
  • Prior experience accommodating dietary restrictions
  • Knowledge of food preparation techniques, including knife skills and cooking methods
  • Knowledge of food safety regulations and proper handling procedures
  • Familiarity with menu planning
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow instructions accurately
  • Excellent communication skills, warm customer service orientation, and ability to work well within a team
  • Flexibility to cover co-worker kitchen shifts as needed
  • Ability to stand for 32-40 hours/week
  • Ability to routinely transport materials weighing 20 lbs and occasionally 50 lbs
  • Ability to regularly commute to Peterborough, NH

  • Baking experience is strongly preferred
  • Appreciation for the arts and the value of culture in improving human lives


$21-23/hour ($31.50-$34.50 for overtime and observed holidays). Non-exempt, base schedule of 32 hrs/week, some evening, weekend, and holidays may be required. Benefits include health and dental, life and short-term disability insurance, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, employer contributions to 403(b) retirement, paid family leave, and generous paid time off.


Peterborough, NH


Email cover letter and resume or work history to employment@macdowell.org.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MacDowell is committed to diversity and inclusion, and a more equitable arts and cultural sector. Our work requires a team that together represents a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences. In our offices in Chelsea, New York and Peterborough, New Hampshire, we aim to create workplaces where a mix of talented people can do their best work and bring out the best in each other.  Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and individuals from populations underrepresented in the arts and nonprofits are strongly encouraged to apply.

MacDowell is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.