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Prep Cook - AstroCamp CA

Job Details

AstroCamp CA - Idyllwild, CA
Full Time


Job Title:                  Prep 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, the 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. Prepare meal ingredients, simple dishes, condiments, and other items as directed by the Lead Cook/Shift Cooks. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  1. Prepares meal ingredients as directed by the lead cook, shift cook, or other staff.
  2. Prepares fresh produce by peeling, cutting, and portioning.
  3. Prepares meat by trimming, cutting, and portioning.
  4. Prepares simple dishes such as breads or salads.
  5. Mixes or prepares condiments, dressings, and sauces.
  6. Maintains compliance with applicable health, safety, food handling, and hygiene codes and standards.
  7. Assists with unloading, inspection, and storage of raw ingredients and supplies.
  8. Performs other related duties as assigned.
  9. Observes and tests the integrity of food being prepared and served.
  10. Communications to be accurate and timely, through written or verbal means.
  11. Observe all Department rules, regulations, and dress code.
  12. Demonstrate teamwork responsiveness when asked to do any task consistent with AstroCamp Standards.
  13. Receives, checks and stores foodservice deliveries.
  14. Maintain strict compliance of camp Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) program and be familiarized with current MSDS.
  15. Maintain a safe and sanitary work environment “Clean As You Go”.
  16. Food Production - Follow all meal plans/weekly calendar.
  17. Assist other stations in the kitchen dept.
  18. Proper storage of perishable product.

Other Responsibilities/Supportive Functions:

  1. Basic understanding of or the ability to learn basic sanitation and regulations for workplace safety.
  2. Basic understanding of or the ability to learn food handling techniques, preparation, and cooking procedures.
  3. Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  4. Ability to work quickly and efficiently.
  5. Ability to work well as part of a team.
  6. Ability to maintain personal hygiene.

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 includes 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 atmospheric condition such as fumes, odors, or dusts. 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. High school or vocational school coursework in kitchen basics such as food safety, preferred.
  2. Prior related experience preferred.
  3. Requires ability to perform basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Completes required training as scheduled.
  7. Ability to learn proper use of various types of equipment and cleaning materials used in cleaning assigned areas.
  8. Must have a valid current Food Handlers Card or willingness and ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  9. 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.
  10. Must maintain a clean appearance and professional demeanor.
  11. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees, students, teachers, campers, guests and vendors.