Kitchen Manager
Job Details
Camp Menzies - Camp Connell, CA
High School

Under the supervision of the Camp Director, the Kitchen Manager directs the overall food-service operation of the camp including purchasing, preparation, nutrition, service, sanitation, security, personnel management, customer service, and record keeping. As a key member of the Management Team, this position ensures that timely selection of food and meals are available to all campers.



Manage the daily operations of the camp food and dining service including coordinating activities between the kitchen and program areas.

  • Oversee the planning of nutritionally balanced camp meals, snacks, and pack-out food
  • Prepare and cook food as the menu indicates utilizing frying, boiling, broiling, steaming, roasting of meat, poultry, seafood, fish, vegetables, salads, soups, and gravies
  • Prepare foods including washing and peeling
  • Bake breads, pastries, muffins, etc
  • Ensure safe and efficient preparation and serving of camp meals


Oversee the inventory and ordering of food, equipment, and supplies and arrange for the routine maintenance, sanitation, and upkeep of the camp kitchen, its equipment, and facilities.

  • Assist in the opening and closing of the camp kitchen
  • Maintain inventory of food and household supplies
  • Work with the directors to order food and kitchen supplies consistent with menus and enrollment counts
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness, sanitation, and safety
  • Clean and maintain all food-service areas, including kitchen, kitchen restroom, storage, and kitchen recycling and trash areas
  • Inspect equipment and ensure equipment is repaired as necessary
  • Promote practices that seek to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle as much as possible

Manage administrative and human-resource functions with regard to kitchen and dining room employees.

  • Directly managing kitchen shift supervisors
  • Plan, coordinate, and schedule the work of food service staff
  • Monitor employee performance and training
  • With the assistance of the Camp Director, conducts periodic evaluations and supervisory conferences


Other Job Duties:

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of staff training and participate in in-service training sessions
  • Provide resources and guidance to unit leaders in implementing balanced and creative menus for unit cookouts and pack outs, as well as best food preparation practices
  • With the support team, set up and maintain all kitchen and dining hall procedures


Equipment Used:

Slicer, Hobart Mixer, Grill, Propane Stove, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Food Processor, Coffee Pots


Qualifications:  (Minimum Education and Experience)

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless a qualifying exemption is needed
  • Minimum age 21
  • Experience in institutional or large food service setting
  • Knowledge of and experience in food service: ordering, inventory, budgeting, food preparation, family-style serving, buffet serving, cleaning, and institutional kitchen equipment
  • Must hold current certification or licensure for operating a kitchen in the camp’s jurisdiction, or willingness to obtain
  • Ability to work within a budget and purchase supplies efficiently
  • Experience in supervision

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current health and safety laws and practices is essential
  • Knowledge of and experience in preparation of special dietary foods
  • Ability to motivate and maintain effective working relationships with staff from diverse cultures and all organizational levels

Physical and Intellectual Aspects of the Job:

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards of the site and facilities and camper and staff behavior
  • Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing/walking for long periods of time (60 minutes or more)
  • Ability to safely and properly use kitchen equipment
  • Ability to provide first aid and to assist campers and staff in an emergency



We are an all-girls camp. We expect this position to work collaboratively and closely with girls for the greater part of the role. Some physical requirements of this position could be endurance including standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching.  Requires the ability to listen to others, observe others’ actions, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals, and physical ability to move about the camp property in various environmental conditions. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and other environmental conditions.

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee lives for up to 12 weeks in close proximity to others, including sharing living quarters, restrooms, laundry facilities and a common staff lounge. May only use personal electronics (such as computers, phones and other devices) only during personal designated breaks and out of sight of campers. Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment is an integral part of this position.