Cornman Farms Occasional Event Staff


8540 Island Lake Rd
Dexter, MI, USA 48130





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We are not actively seeking this position right now but love talking to passionate people!
Email [email protected] if interested in learning more.

About Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is a multi-award winning and nationally renowned wedding venue and culinary destination. Cornman Farms hosts effortlessly elegant events tailored to each and every guest. Our unparalleled service, bespoke experiences, and meticulous attention to the smallest details create unforgettable moments for life’s most important occasions. We make the farm feel like home—a place that adds foundation to memories and provides a cornerstone to come back to.

2021 is going to look different than years past. Events are going to be smaller. Masks will be worn. We will be social distancing. And yet 2021 & beyond will still bring happy couples coming to us for one of the most important days of their lives. Read about our current COVID precautions HERE.

We are looking for a passionate, extremely focused individual with a strong work ethic who wants to become an integral member of the Cornman Farms Team. This individual will be responsible for planning all kinds of perfect events.

  • Are you looking for a job where you can be part of a team and still work independently?
  • Do you want to be a part of high-end weddings and other events?
  • Do you have a passion for providing excellent service to guests?
  • Do you enjoy a flexible schedule, including late nights?

If you answered yes to these, you should apply to be a part of our team for the 2021 season!



The Event Staff (porters) are responsible for delivery of the Cornman Farms experience to all guests. This is a great opportunity for someone that is willing to do whatever needs to get done, and really enjoys working with people!  As our business grows, this position has potential to become part-time or full-time year ‘round.

These positions focus on setting up and taking down for events.  This includes dishwashing, moving and setting up tables & chairs, helping the setup and breakdown of our events in the tent, farmhouse, and barn, cleaning and helping with inventory, and assisting with the overall appearance of the grounds.  Some supervised kitchen work (food prep and plating) will also be included.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the biggest event days of the week and will be booked nearly every week through November, but weekday availability is also helpful.


Temporary, Occasional, Part-Time to Full-Time hours available.

Days and Nights, Weekends, Flexible Hours Required

This position runs through December 2021.  There is the possibility of this becoming a regular year round position.

Pay Rate

$14 per hour.

Reports To

Managing Partners, Porter Coach, Managers

Essential Functions

Overall Responsibilities

The main role of this position is to assist with the setting up and breaking down of all events, including:

  • Dishwashing using automatic dishwashing machine and 3 compartment sink
  • Moving and arranging tables and chairs
  • Placing linens on tables
  • Mopping and sweeping floors in all event spaces before and after events
  • Ensuring that all rentals (plates, glassware, furniture, flatware, etc) are clean and properly stored
  • Gives exceptional service to all customers at our events
  • Responds quickly to requests from guests, co-workers, supervisors and managers while being accurate, polite and enthusiastic
  • Maintains a professional image at all times through actions and appearance
  • Assists with the overall appearance of the grounds including picking up trash and debris
  • Cleans and maintains a safe and sanitary work environment
  • Demonstrates proper handling of food service equipment
  • Demonstrates proper handling and storage of cleaning equipment
  • May assist with serving or hosting as needed for special events
  • Identifies and works to resolve any issues that might occur during events
  • Adheres to the highest standards of service while assisting with all areas of event operations
  • Conducts all business in accordance with Zingerman’s Guiding Principles
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the success of the business and team members
  • Acts as a process engineer by following, improving and creating SOP’s.**
  • Reports to work on time and is ready to work at the start of each shift
  • Follows proper procedure for sick calls and schedule requests
  • May assist with serving, preparing or cooking as needed for special events

***Everyone at Cornman Farms is a Process Engineer in addition to their primary role!  Process engineering involves translating the needs of the guest into tasks and then the tasks into SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), then executing the SOPs focusing on the value added steps the guest needs and wants to reduce the 8 forms of waste.  Each use of a task and SOP focuses on continuous improvement to make these steps better for the guests, employees and the business.


The Success Patterns for this position are:

  • Experience working in food service or events is a plus
  • Ability to work late nights, weekends and holidays
  • Has a flexible schedule with an ability to work shifts on an variable basis
  • Is able to follow directions in the moment, under time pressure, with a smile
  • Demonstrated ability to understand organized systems and work in an organized workspace
  • Can work long shifts that require standing/walking/bending throughout shift
  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a physically demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to set and meet priorities
  • Ability to effectively manage their emotions in the workplace
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism regarding job performance
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Has a reputation for maintaining excellent relations with all levels of staff
  • Has reliable transportation to and from work

Physical Requirements:

  • Stooping, Kneeling, and Crouching: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles
  • Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction
  • Near Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
  • Lifting: Raising or lowering an object, at least 50 lbs,  from one level to another (includes upward pulling)
  • Carrying: Transporting an object, up to 65 lbs, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder
  • Standing: Remaining on one’s feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about for an extended period of time
  • Feeling:  Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips

Successful Candidates will have the following Personal Characteristics

  • Passionate about great food and great service
  • Well organized and able to multitask
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated and remains calm, especially under pressure
  • High level of integrity and honesty
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Flexible and hardworking
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic
  • Committed to their own professional and personal development
  • Desire to constantly learn and be challenged
  • Systems-driven, excited about continuous improvement and waste elimination
  • Not afraid to get dirty and work hard


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One of the best things about working at Corman Farms is the community. You work with some of the most amazing people you will ever meet and learn so much while doing so. It is also one of the most beautiful event spaces I have ever been to.

Current kitchen porter

2025 Vision


“The sun is shining and the air is crisp – a beautiful day at Cornman Farms. It has been over 10 years now since the first event was held at the farm. We relish our decade of memories, recalling the joy and wonder our many guests and employees have experienced: First taking in our manicured lawn and lovingly restored red barn (so welcoming against the green farm backdrop), smelling the rich soil as it’s tilled in preparation for planting season, reveling in the peals of laughter from generations of family playing lawn games together, the wonder of the first time really feeling the heft of a ripe heirloom tomato or the wooly caress of a sheep.

It’s this poetry of the senses that first communicates we are different (real!) and the delight of this discovery is immediate and intense. To us, this is part of providing the Zingerman’s experience. Our connection with our guests extend beyond the event or the day itself. We are a part of the memories being made and they have become part of our family and we part of theirs.

Employees, Partners and guests alike respect the roots that have been here for decades and we are all thrilled to be able to plant our own. Coming to Cornman Farms is like coming home.”