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9 Jul 2018

Other Outdoor Lodge Cook

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center – Posted by Megan Selvig Gates, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Position: Lodge Cook
Location: Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon
Work year: Seasonal to November 15, 2018
Responsible to: Food Service Manager; Program Director
Compensation: $10/hour, plus housing, utilities, and partial board

Our Story
The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

Summary of Position
The Lodge Cook works in our renowned Jawbone Kitchen. We operate a small, open kitchen and seek to produce nutritious, locally sourced, and mostly vegetarian meals that surpass guest expectations. Meals are an essential and highly valued component of our programs and quality is of the highest importance to our organization. The cook is responsible for executing buffet style meals for 20-50 people independently, with support from the Food Service Manager. In addition to kitchen work, this position also works with aspects of our hospitality operation. This is a residential position, and Lodge Cooks live in Jawbone Flats in housing provided by the organization. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

Kitchen (70%)
• Meal preparation: from scratch to meal service
• Dishwashing (by hand)
• Maintain kitchen in a clean and safe condition
• Maintain a positive and hospitable environment for guests

Hospitality (30%)
• Host cabin renters, ensuring their stay is comfortable
• Drive gear shuttles; load and unload cabin rental gear
• Clean cabins to rental standards
• Staff the company store, selling merchandise to participants and the general public
• Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a remote residential facility with a diversity of programs. This position may be asked to assist the program and facility departments at times.

Requirements of Position
• Previous experience in commercial or camp-like kitchen
• Previous experience with from-scratch cooking and baking preferred
• Knowledge of efficient food production
• Familiar and skilled with standard kitchen appliances
• Thrives in an independent working environment
• Able to improvise: both in general and specific to kitchen equipment use and recipe interpretation
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• A curiosity and passion for continuous learning
• A desire and the ability to live and work in a remote residential environment with a small number of people
• Possesses the qualities of integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, and good humor
• Able to lift heavy objects, up to 50 pounds when necessary
• Able to pass a background check
• Able to drive company vehicles
• Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
• Oregon Food Handler’s Card by time of employment
• First Aid and CPR certification by time of employment

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at This position is open until filled. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: #education, conservation, cook, from-scratch, kitchen, local food, lodge, and wilderness.

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