Kitchen Director & Head Chef
Job Details
Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Sausalito, CA
$64,000.00 Salary/year

Who We Are:

Our kitchen team is cooking for a purpose! The high-quality food we provide powers kids to have excellent and meaningful experiences in the outdoors.  

NatureBridge provides environmental science education experiences for more than 30,000 students and their teachers every year in the world's best classrooms: our National Parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world, igniting self-discovery, and inspiring stewardship of the planet.

What You Will Do:

The Kitchen Director and Head Chef leads the administration, production, and service of food at NatureBridge's Golden Gate campus. They manage our team of Sous Chefs and kitchen staff to provide nutritious meals to our students and adult participants. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee food preparation, production, and service.
  • Create menu plans for Education and Conference programs and post menus on a weekly basis.
  • Develop recipes and train staff in their preparation.
  • Establish food handling protocols to ensure food safety.
  • Place orders and process invoices with suppliers.
  • Oversee regular inventory check
  • Appoint the work hours of employees and, with support from Operations, provide schedules to kitchen staff.
  • Process timesheets for employees bi-monthly.
  • Evaluate and manage employee work performance.
  • Facilitate kitchen meetings and participate in meetings with other departments as needed.
  • Participate on the Operations and Administration teams.
  • Work with Human Resources and Campus Director to efficiently recruit, hire, onboard and offboard kitchen staff as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor.


  • $64,000/year starting salary
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Option for a 403b retirement plan with employer match after 6 months
  • Generous paid vacation, training days, and sick leave.
  • Other benefits include Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and more

Who You Are:

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Degree in Culinary Arts and/or three to five years related experience. Skilled in all aspects of food preparation for large groups; prior experience preparing food in an educational or recreational setting a plus.
  • Experience managing a kitchen that deals with high volume and is fast-paced.
  • Possesses and maintains ServSafe Manager Level Certification
  • Experience supervising and guiding kitchen staff in a positive, constructive way.
  • Excellent customer service, communication, time management, and organization skills.
  • Experience with varied dietary restrictions and allergies.
  • Basic knowledge of Google Docs, databases, email, and messaging.
  • Able to communicate effectively (written and verbal) in English. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in the workplace. We especially encourage you to apply if you are a member of (or have extensive experience working with people from) any communities that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has limited access to environmental education, or the outdoors in general.

If you are interested in the role and do not meet every requirement listed, please still apply! We are interested in applicants with unique lived experience and skillsets.

*All NatureBridge Employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Final shot must occur 15 days or more before the start date. Here is the link to our full policy: NatureBridge COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You must also pass a background check in order to be eligible for employment.

Why should you join the NatureBridge team?

  • We are a mission-driven organization that values your contributions and supports you in making a positive impact on youth and the environment
  • You will get to work in a beautiful natural setting with other dedicated staff who are passionate about the environment
  • Work with a supportive leadership team that values your professional growth.

How To Apply:

NatureBridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Submit your application to our Online Career Portal.


NatureBridge connects over 35,000 students and 600 schools each year to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet.