Dishwasher & Level I Flex Associate

Reports To: Culinary Program Manager
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Hourly Range: $17/ Hour Based on experience for a 90-day probationary period, then $20/hr afterward

Position Summary: The Dishwasher and Culinary Flex Associate I helps to ensure the cleanliness of the
Indigenous Food Lab Professional Indigenous Kitchen, IFL Market and Training Center. Associates work in a team environment, collaborating to provide general ware washing, janitorial duties, cleanliness and
food preparation assistance, (as needed), under the day to day supervision of the Culinary Program

Job Functions:

  • Food prep and kitchen assistance
  • Operate dish machine according to procedure
  • Wash and put away dishes
  • Clean and sanitize work areas and equipment
  • Bag and dispose of trash, compost and recycling in proper disposal areas
  • Clean floors and surfaces daily in IFL Market, Spirit Kitchen and IFL Education Center.
  • Attend to and provide a clean and organized environment in all common
    areas including the downstairs office areas, walk ins and storage
    cages-including bi-weekly janitorial work to include floors, trash and
  • Follow assigned prep list duties; prepare food to be cooked by washing,
    peeling, cutting, etc.
  • Offer Food prep and kitchen assistance to the IFL Associates and Nixtamal
    Team, as needed.
  • Put away product deliveries, as needed.
  • Inventory and procure dishwashing, cleaning and janitorial supplies and
    chemicals, as needed.
  • Follow and ensure compliance with all safety procedures
  • Maintain positive attitude/morale and a welcoming environment
  • Maintain good personal hygiene; accurately report hours worked using
  • Support for Culinary Program Director and other staff
  • Participate as needed in special projects
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of kitchen systems and food preparation procedures
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of kitchen and food safety practices and procedures

Engagement with NATIFS’ mission:

  • Lead by example
  • Practice Indigenous values identified as NATIFS workplace cultural expectations
  • Represent NATIFS and reflect values in community
  • Willingly step up as requested
  • Generate new ideas
  • Work on strategies, activities and funding
  • Engage with board as appropriate
  • Attend and participate in events and meetings
  • Communicate internally in a timely manner

ADA requirements:

NATIFS will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other
personal assistance) with the application process upon request as required to comply with applicable
laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please reach out to for additional information. Additional ADA notice of requirements:

  • Periods of sitting and standing
  • May endure prolonged periods of computer use
  • Written and verbal communication ability
  • Scan, handle and move material efficiently and safely, including lifting or moving up to 40 pounds
  • Flexible work schedule (e.g., occasional nights, weekends, and holidays) and regular attendance
  • necessary
  • Reasonable accommodations can be made as needed

*English speaking, conversational Spanish preferred, with knowledge of Indigenous language value

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

please send the following materials to, with the subject line as follows: DL1_(last name)_(first name):

  • Resume or CV

You may also choose to come into the Indigenous Food Lab at the Midtown Global Market to complete a paper application. 

NATIFS is committed to the principle of equity. We actively encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals to apply for this position and all positions at NATIFS.

NATIFS is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military status, or any other characteristic as established by law.