Coffee House Barista

Coffee House Barista

Reports to: Coffee House Manager
Department: Operations
Employment Status: Seasonal part-time (February-November; may include some time in January)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Start date: ASAP
Last Updated:  August 3, 2021

Who We Are

Penland School of Craft is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and 57 historic and contemporary buildings. We are an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 70. Penland operates with a $44 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million. We are located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC. Our mission supports individual and artistic growth through creative practice and discovery.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to fulfilling our mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

Position Summary

The Coffee House Barista is responsible for maintaining good customer relations, preparing and serving menu items as requested, performing daily clean-up, and operating a cash register. This position reports to the coffee house manager and is a part-time (20-25 hours per week), non-exempt, seasonal position. Evening and weekend hours are required. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Works the counter with the coffee house manager
  • Operates the cash register 
  • Makes coffee, other drinks, and food to order 
  • Completes shift duties as outlined by the coffee house manager 
  • Completes daily and weekly clean up
  • Uses good hygiene practices in the handling of all food items
  • Other duties as assigned


Must have completed high school or equivalent, be at least 18 years of age. You must be able to perform basic mathematical calculations using a cash register. Must be able to multitask, have transportation to and from the school, and possess good customer service skills. Foodservice experience, including food prep and wait staff experience, is preferred. 

Physical Demands

The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and talk fluently and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and to walk in areas of the campus with uneven terrain. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


The starting wage for this position is $13.50 per hour for 20-25 hours per week. 

To Apply

The position will remain open until filled; however, the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by August 20, 2021.  The scheduled start date is September. Send letter of interest and work history or resume to Alyse Ostreicher, Human Resources Manager, Please include Barista as the subject of your email. 

We look forward to hearing from you!