Prep Cook

Prep Cook

Position Title: Prep Cook
Reporting Department: Sales and Events Department
Reporting Supervisor: Catering Supervisor
Location: Minnetrista
Status: Non-exempt – Part Time


This position will produce and deliver a variety of meal types—from continental breakfasts, board luncheons, formal dinners, light refreshments and other approved food requests for receptions, events, meetings and tour groups.


  • Must be detail oriented in the procedures of food preparation and presentation.
  • Must have understanding of food safety and health department standards.

To be happy and successful in this position, an individual must be personally aligned with Minnetrista’s cultural values and visitor-centric focus.  S/he should be able to ensure effective working relationships by cultivating and maintaining professional credibility with all staff, administration, and volunteers.  The individual should demonstrate maturity, sound judgment, a good sense of humor, and be energized by working collaboratively with peers and colleagues throughout the organization and community.


Minnetrista’s culture is team-oriented and collaborative. To that end, all positions include the following three performance standards:

  • Your first priority and responsibility is to achieve the organization’s purpose. In other words, you in particular are responsible for considering Minnetrista’s, values, mission, goals and strategies within your daily routines.
  • Your second priority and responsibility is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
  • Your third priority and responsibility is to carry out your job function as described below:


  • Food preparation of hot and cold food items.
  • Assist catering team in buffet service and hand-served meals.
  • Set up kitchen area for assembly work.
  • Responsible for table set up.
  • Clean and sanitize supplies, equipment and work area for next preparation day.
  • Assist with dishes and event clean up.
  • Distribute finished product to proper location in a timely manner.
  • May assist with recipe development.
  • Manage food inventory and food delivery check-ins.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Will have exposure to food items and kitchen utensils daily. Will work in a kitchen environment and serve visitors.

Must be able to lift up to fifty pounds. A valid driver’s license or state identification is required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Minnetrista

Minnetrista is a community gathering place that celebrates and explores the Ball Family Legacy in our region. Located in Muncie, Indiana along the White River, Minnetrista is a 40-acre campus that includes a museum center, 3 historic homes along the nationally registered Historic Minnetrista Boulevard, 20+ acres of gardens, and a 6-acre Nature Area. Minnetrista is the largest nonprofit cultural leader serving East Central Indiana with a staff of 52 FTEs.


Minnetrista is the home of the Ball Jar; a gathering place and catalyst for community engagement. We create shared experiences that connect people, leading to a better quality of life.


We envision a thriving community where people who call this region home take pride in its accomplishments and aspire to a brighter future.


Family & Relationships – Minnetrista treasures shared experiences. From our founders to our visitors, from our employees to our community partners and supporters, we champion the power of growing together.

Adaptability Minnetrista creates experiences that reflect the organization yet anticipate the needs and exceed the expectations of our audience. As an organization, we are nimble and quick to respond to opportunities and challenges.

Stewardship – Following in our founders’ footsteps, we care for, preserve and protect that with which we have been entrusted so that those who follow us can continue the legacy. Minnetrista is a strong and sustainable asset that supports economic development for our community.

Entrepreneurship Minnetrista embraces a culture of innovation and risk-taking that responds responsibly to opportunities that advance our vision, mission and strategic goals.

Learning – We celebrate learning experiences that are fun and engaging, encourage visitors to explore their world, and educate through discovery and play.



Apply Online

Or mail your cover letter and resume to:

Attn: Human Resources Manager
1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy.
Muncie, IN 47303-2925

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