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HEAD CHEF

CAMP CALDERA

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters. 

Position Title: Head Chef

Supervisor: Camp Manager

Compensation:

  • Salary/Rate of Pay: 
    • $17.33/hr for approximately 20 hours prep work July 1-9
    • $140/day during camp training and sessions, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days (non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).  

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 9 to prep for Staff Training July 10-13
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17

*Indicates Half day compensation 

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling

(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion: July 16-25                                  Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 29 - August 6   Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery: August 10-17    Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

Position Overview: At Caldera, the kitchen staff is a very important part of the Caldera Community and is welcome to participate in daily program activities when kitchen duties are complete. Head Chef, Sous Chef, and up to five Kitchen Assistants maintain Caldera’s kitchen. Kitchen staff prepare meals that are healthy, delicious, and appealing to both youth and adults (roughly 100-120 each session). 

The Head Chef oversees six staff and is responsible for food preparation as well as maintaining a friendly, sanitary kitchen and dining space. This position manages the food budget (approximately $23,000), purchasing, meal planning, staff oversight and scheduling for the Sous Chef and five assistants, and on-the-job training for all kitchen staff. The Head Chef ensures that Caldera meals meet Federal Summer Food Service Program meal requirements. This position begins before youth and staff arrive.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and document all camp meals and snacks in accordance with Federal Summer Food Program guidelines; submit meal plans prior to Day 0 of each camp session
  • Oversee meal preparation, providing abundant meals on a tight budget; follow serving guidelines while being sensitive to youth who may be familiar with the concept of scarcity and feelings of hunger
  • Place and manage food orders and oversee their delivery
  • Maintain and organize files, receipts, and meal counts related to annual Federal Summer Food Program guideline audit and supply that documentation as requested
  • Supervise, train, and schedule kitchen staff
  • Maintain a clean, healthy work environment
  • Work with Camp Manager to address key personnel or student issues
  • Oversee kitchen set up and take down at the start and end of camp
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times 
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum two years experience managing a kitchen, including: staff, food inventory, budgets, and menus
  • This position arrives two days early and departs after final staff meal and after the summer kitchen has been closed for the season
  • Current Oregon Food Handler’s Permit required (must attach copy)
  • Prior experience in food service, nutrition, and/or youth programming is desirable
  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with diverse staff and youth
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

  • Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.    
  • Typical days are 10-12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off. 

Working Conditions 

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns in the kitchen and on campus
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include heat, rain, smoky, cold, and windy conditions
  • Noise level ranges from very quiet (i.e. forest trail) to loud (i.e. concert) 
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 65% Standing, 10% Walking, 20% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

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