Summer Dishwasher

Summer Dishwasher

Reports to: Dining Hall Coordinator
Department: Kitchen
Employment Status: Full-time Temporary
(May 22 – August 18, 2023)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Start date: May 22, 2022
Last Updated:  December 29, 2022

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 60 historic and contemporary buildings. We are an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 70. Penland operates with a $54 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $7.7 million. We are located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC.  Our mission supports making lives meaningful through making.


Commitment to Equity,  Diversity, and Inclusion

Penland welcomes everyone. Black, Indigenous, Latine, Asian, and other people who identify as people of color or BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply, as are people holding other marginalized identities related to gender, sexual orientation, ability, and class background.


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 Penland Dishwasher is part of the kitchen and dining hall team whose responsibility is to provide delicious, healthy meals to workshop participants during our educational programming and to do so in a way that meets or exceeds all relevant health guidelines. As such, the dishwasher must commit to learning how to handle, clean, and sanitize all the dishes, pots, and other wares according to our protocols, which are carefully developed to maintain current health and safety standards. 

This position will report to the dining hall coordinator but must work independently, with only occasional assistance or supervision after the initial period of training. Above all, the dishwasher must report to work promptly and fulfill all job responsibilities during the period of employment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collects dirty dishes and pots from the Penland kitchen and dining hall, washes and sanitizes them, and returns them for their next use. At the end of each shift, the dishwasher is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the entire dishwashing area per our local health code.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of and commitment to health and safety as it applies to equipment operation and materials handling regulations. 
  • Ability to work independently, proactively, and also collaboratively.


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 walk in areas of the campus with uneven terrain. The employee must occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.



The starting wage for this position is $15.00 per hour for 40 hours per week between Monday, May 22, and Friday, August 18, 2023.


To Apply

The position will remain open until filled.   The scheduled start date is May 22, 2022. Send a letter of interest and work history to Alyse Ostreicher, Human Resources Manager, Please include Dishwasher as the subject of your email.


We look forward to hearing from you!