Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


Rhody's Garden Café Now Hiring!

Rhody's Garden Café at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has a tradition of serving housemade sandwiches, soups, and salads using locally sourced, organic produce and meats when possible—including produce from our own organic Vegetable Garden. Drinks include hot, iced, and blended coffee, smoothies, housemade strawberry lemonade. Desserts are delicious and vary weekly. Grilled sandwich specials that are innovative and delicious! Come be part of a fun team working in beautiful surroundings.

Questions can be directed to Café Manager Marie Head at Please review the full job description below and apply in person at Rhody's Garden Café located inside the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – 18220 North Highway 1.

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Café Staff Member
Seasonal (Now through mid-September)
Part-Time 15-25 hours per week

Reporting Structure
Reports to Café Manager

Overall Objective
To perform a variety of duties in the Kitchen/Café Counter to ensure an excellent customer experience.  

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Co-operate with all staff and volunteers. 
  • Prepare sandwiches and salads according to recipes as provided by the manager.
  • Make coffee, smoothies, and other drinks using specialized equipment and recipes as provided.  
  • Assist with food preparation as required. 
  • Keep service counters clean and fully stocked. 
  • Ensure that all food cabinets are stocked and tidy to deliver a full service, per opening procedures.
  • Inform manager of low stock levels 
  • Assist in the cleaning and clearing of tables with prepared hydrogen peroxide spray.
  • Wash Dishes with proper techniques, three sink policy. 
  • Ensure the food is served to the correct temperature & portion size. 
  • Clean relevant service, preparation and storage areas using correct chemicals 
    • All refuse to be removed from the kitchen/Café Counter and put into the correct trash areas, twice daily.  Keep all trash containers in Café free from overflow. 
  • Project a professional image to all internal and external customers ensuring correct grooming and maintaining proper clothing attire. 
  • Ensure that opening procedures are followed according to Opening Procedures.
  • Ensure that the correct closedown procedure is followed, i.e., everything left clean, tidy and secure, ready for the next days’ service, per Closing Procedures. 

Health and Safety 

  • Ensure all accidents are recorded in the relevant accident books. 
  • Use the correct handling and lifting procedures as outlined in Employee policies.
  • Keep up to date with all Health and Safety procedures, completed Food Service Worker certification. 
  • Ensure all tasks are carried out in accordance with the café’s health, hygiene, quality, and safety standards. 

Customer Service 

  • Serve all food from the counter using correct tools and presentation techniques 
  • Should be friendly & approachable & have a good customer attitude 
  • Should be personable to deal with customer queries & requests, refer to Manager when in doubt.
  • Promote customer care through all actions. 


  • Operate cash register, give correct change, complete day end procedures for cash register and credit card machine.  Keep cash register stocked with adequate change.

Occasional Duties 

  • Provide cover in the absence of the co-workers. 
  • Undergo training courses and attend meetings when necessary. 
  • Be prepared to challenge and change work methods and procedures to ensure the smooth running of the department as instructed by the Café Manager.
  • Carry out any reasonable management request. 
  • Be available for all Gardens’ fundraising activities. 
  • Other duties and responsibilities as may be required by the Café Manager and/or Executive Director.

It is the intention that this job description is seen as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the job holder is accountable.  However, the business may change, and the jobholder’s obligations are bound to vary and develop, so the job description should be seen as a guide, not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.