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DATE ADDED: Thu 11/10/2018

Kitchen Manager

Asheville, USA


Job Description

Kitchen Manager

Department: Program

Reports To: Program Director

FLSA Status: Seasonal Exempt

Location: Cedar Rock Basecamp, North Carolina

Targeted Dates: April 1st - November 5th, 2019

ACA Position Category: Variable


Application Instructions:

At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

  • Applicants who wish to be considered for this position will apply through our careers webpage at the following web address:
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Founded in 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a charter member of the leading outdoor education network in the world. Our wilderness courses, from the mountains of North Carolina to the shores of South Florida to the peaks of South America, deliver our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.

The Kitchen Manager is responsible for the overall management of the basecamp kitchen operations. Including but not limited to, preparation and serving of meals to staff and students, food orders and inventory, cleanliness and hygiene of kitchen, budget tracking, and supervision of kitchen helpers.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and serving of meals for a community of 5-12 staff, typically 5 days a week. During peak periods this may fluctuate up to 40-50 staff.
  • Provide additional catering needs for Outward Bound Professional courses, as well as other specialty programs as needed.
  • Preparation and serving of meals during trainings, including All Staff and Base Camp Split.
  • Maintaining a stocked fridge with available food for staff 7 days a week to accommodate when meals are not prepared.
  • Preparation and serving of student banquet meals for 60-110 people, typically up to 10 times per season thru June-August. In addition, smaller student banquet meals cooked throughout the season
  • Pre, post and monthly inventory and ordering of all kitchen food and equipment along with certain basecamp supplies.
  • Manage and track kitchen expenses and remain within budgeted expectations.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of all kitchen equipment.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with food vendors, suppliers, price shopping as applicable.
  • Establish and maintain positive working/living environment within the kitchen and community.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly kitchen in line with State Health Department standards.
  • Maintain documentation of role to enable successors to step into position easily.
  • Oversight of basecamp garden (if applicable).
  • Any additional tasks as designated.


  • Personal and professional values consistent with the NCOBS mission, values, and principles.
  • Strong knowledge of Outward Bound history, standards, and programs.
  • Certification in ServSafe - Food Handler minimum.
  • Preferred background and/or experience in food service preparation, ordering, budgeting and kitchen upkeep
  • Experience with community living
  • Able to participate in all base activities. Able to lift 60 pounds.
  • Able to serve cost efficient nutritious food for a variety of dietary needs
  • Effective organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong personal initiative, motivation, and resourcefulness.
  • Competent computer skills.
  • Cooperative attitude and ability to be flexible.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Per-diem rate based on NCOBS pay matrix for the position.
  • Robust seasonal benefits available.
  • Pro-purchase deals with outdoor-industry gear retailers.
  • Room and board during the agreement.


North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable local, state or federal law. NCOBS promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.


Company Description
North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a not-for-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership, and service. A pioneer in experiential and outdoor education, NCOBS helps individuals and teams discover the strength of character and capacity for leadership needed to serve others and care for the world around them. Our expeditions include backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater paddling, flat water canoeing, mountaineering, challenge course, and sea kayaking elements.

Role: Kitchen Manager
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Location: Asheville,

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