Culinary Program Nixtamal Team Associate

Reports To: Culinary Program Coordinator or Manager

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Hourly Range: $17/ Hour based on experience for a 30-day probationary period, then $20/hr afterward

Position Summary: Members of the Nixtamal team will be responsible for the daily prep, production, packaging, and nixtamalization of heirloom, Indigenous corn products, and tortillas to be used and distributed by The Indigenous Food Lab and NĀTIFS.  Our clients include Owamni, The Sioux Chef Catering, and The Indigenous Food Lab at The Midtown Global Market. The Nixtamal team members will be taught traditional processes and methods of corn production, nixtamalization, masa dough preparation, and tortilla making.  These ancient processes are an integral part of the work and mission of the IFL and NĀTIFS, and we are looking for eager team members who are able to learn and master these traditional skills.

Job Functions:

  • Develop and master the skill of Nixtamalization for Masa Dough, Tortillas, Arepa Dough, Tamales and Posole
  • Develop and master corn production skills to include: Preparing Nixtamal from heirloom sources, grinding corn, preparing various masa doughs, and making tamales and tortillas for production
  • Tortilla production from start to finish includes packaging for bulk, wholesale and retail applications
  • Assist in cleaning and sanitizing tasks daily
  • 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 WhenIWork
  • Participate as needed in special projects

Knowledge/Skills/Ability:

  • 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 the community
  • Willingly step up as requested
  • Generate new ideas
  • Work on strategies, activities, and funding
  • Engage with the board as appropriate
  • Attend and participate in events and meetings
  • Communicate internally in a timely manner

Benefits: 

  • The employer pays 100% of health insurance premium, with additional employer contribution to Health Savings Account
  • Employee contribution to 403(b) at 1% or more of salary is matched with 3% of salary employer contribution
  • Four weeks of paid time off + 11 paid holidays per year 
  • NATIFS generally keeps business hours, with occasional evening and weekend events.

ADA requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of standing
  • Verbal communication ability
  • Frequent lifting of 40 pounds or less

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

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

Please send the following materials to HR@natifs.org, with the subject line as follows: NTA_(last name)_(first name):

  • Resume or CV

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.