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Cook - AstroCamp CA

Job Details

AstroCamp CA - Idyllwild, CA
Full Time


Job Title:                  Cook

Location:                  AstroCamp, Idyllwild CA

Department:            Foodservice           

Work Year:               Full Time/Year-Round Starting Summer 2021

**These dates are contingent and could change due to the guidelines from the CDC, State of California, and County Public Health Officials.**

Reports To:             F&B Manager

FLSA Status:           Non-Exempt

Revision Date:        March 2, 2021

Position Summary:

To be knowledgeable of all kitchen facilities and service. To perform duties in accordance with AstroCamp structure/standards. Responsible for physical aspects of the assigned department (i.e. kitchen and  dining hall areas). To cook what is agreed upon by the Lead Cook and the F&B Manager.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  1. Exceed campers, staff, teachers and guests expectations.
  2. Read and understand the employee handbook.
  3. Read, understand and enforce safety manuals.
  4. Demonstrate strong knowledge of all elements of AstroCamp/GDI standard operating procedures.
  5. Measures and mixes ingredients according to recipes to prepare soups, salads, sauces and gravies, entrees, desserts, and snacks.
  6. Bakes, roasts, broils, grills, steams, fries, sautés, and seasons meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
  7. Washes, peels, cuts, dices, trims, shreds, and otherwise prepares vegetables and fruits for use.
  8. Bakes breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, and pastries according to recipes or instructions.
  9. Adjusts thermostatic controls to regulate the temperature of ovens, broils, grills, roasters, and steam kettles.
  10. Observes and tests the integrity of food being cooked by tasting, smelling, and checking that it is properly cooked.
  11. Portions food on serving plates, bowls, and platters, adds gravies and sauces, and garnishes servings.
  12. Communications to be accurate and timely, through written or verbal means.
  13. Observe all Department rules, regulations, and dress code.
  14. Demonstrate teamwork responsiveness when asked to do any task consistent with AstroCamp Standards.
  15. Receives, checks, and stores food service deliveries.
  16. Maintains cleanliness and sanitation of dishes, equipment, food contact surfaces, and kitchen area.
  17. Operates dishwasher and hand washes, pots, and pans, as necessary.
  18. Maintain strict compliance of camp Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) program and be familiarized with current MSDS.
  19. Maintain a safe and sanitary work environment “Clean As You Go”.
  20. Report any issues to the F&B Manager as soon as possible. Including any employee issues that may happen.
  21. Food Production - Follow all meal plans/weekly calendar.
  22. Preparation of food may include soups, entrees, sauces, cutting meat and fish, and preparing daily specials.
  23. Assist other stations in the kitchen dept.
  24. Direct the cleaning, preparation, and cooking of all vegetables.
  25. Inventory and organization of department reach-in, walk-in coolers, freezer, and dry storage. 
  26. Proper storage of perishable product.
  27. Responsible for controlling food and supply waste.
  28. Unload all deliveries with the team.
  29. Ensures that all employees follow safety rules. Report any employee immediately to the F&B Manager if protocols are not being followed.
  30. Inspect incoming products, and monitor the final product and its presentation.
  31. Requisitioning-purchasing and procedures.  Complete requisition neatly with proper quantities and food specifications. Work with the F&B Manager regarding this.
  32. Equipment Knowledge- Maintain the care and cleanliness of all mechanical equipment.  Provide a safe work environment through proper use of the equipment and personal tools. Monitor equipment daily and report problems to the F&B Manager.

Other Responsibilities/Supportive Functions:

  1. May perform food preparation functions in the event of staffing shortages or during peak periods.
  2. May accept and sign for deliveries, ensuring all items indicated are accounted for, and puts items in correct food storage areas.
  3. Communicates to F&B Manager any shortages of dishes, glass, silver, chemicals, cleaning supplies, service equipment, fuel or other supplies required to complete daily functions. Reports all breakage to F&B Manager.
  4. Ensures work area is kept clean and organized.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Staff may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments and to make reasonable accommodations as needed.

Special Skills & Abilities/Mental and Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of the job the employee member regularly stands and walks for sustained periods of time. Works at a quick pace, maneuvering between functions occurring simultaneously. The employee member regularly grasps objects such as cookware, knives, plate ware, and glassware. The employee member frequently feels the temperature of objects such as hot dishes and cookware. The employee member regularly reaches by extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction while serving and performing other essential functions of the job. The employee member regularly stoops, kneels, and crouches. Many aromas and smells are present in the kitchen and dining areas. Balance is frequently required to prevent falling when walking, standing, moving, or carrying cookware, plate ware, and food items. Lifting is regularly required when moving around dishes, cookware, and supplies. Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up-to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up-to 10 pounds of force constantly to move items such as cookware, dishes, and supplies. The employee member is required to have visual acuity to determine the cleanliness, accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work areas.

The employee member is subject to environmental conditions found working indoors. The employee member is frequently subject to extreme heat, with temperatures up to 110 degrees while moving around in the kitchen and dishwashing areas. The employee member is frequently subject to loud noise when working in or around the kitchen and dining areas. The employee member is subject to hazards which include proximity to moving mechanical parts, equipment found in kitchens and food service areas, sharp objects, and exposure to cleaning chemicals. Other hazards may include slick floors and hot stoves, cookware, plate ware or glassware. The employee member is occasionally subject to the atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, or dust. The employee member is required to function in crowded or narrow aisles, passageways or work areas in the kitchen and dining areas. Camp life outside the kitchen and dining areas on occasion, depending on conditions can be dusty or wet at times.

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).


Qualifications (relevant experience, education and training):

  1. One to two years of experience as a cook in a camp/restaurant, or equivalent training and/or experience.
  2. Requires ability to perform basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  3. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations
  4. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Must be able to communicate, read, write and understand English to understand instructions and safety rules.
  5. Completes required training as scheduled.
  6. Ability to learn proper use of various types of equipment and cleaning materials used in cleaning assigned areas.
  7. Must have a valid current Food Handlers Card or willingness and ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  8. Staff may be required to work varying schedules to reflect the business needs of the camp. Work schedules will include working on holidays, weekends and alternate shifts.
  9. Must maintain a clean appearance and professional demeanor.
  10. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees, students, teachers, campers, guests and vendors.