High Sierra Basecamp Chef

Job Description

The Basecamp Chef is a beacon of the community at our High Sierra basecamp and brings staff together with their delicious and nutritious meals each day. This position is responsible for all basecamp food-related planning and preparation for Administrative, Support and Field Staff. Additional scope of responsibilities will ensure all local and national health and food serving regulations are within compliance. The Basecamp Chef reports directly to the High Sierra Logistics Manager.

Who You Are

Knowledge & Skills

  • Experienced in cooking for groups (50+), food handling, kitchen and food sanitation, nutrition, special diets and managing a budget
  • Possess prior baking experience
  • A strong communicator with excellent organizational skills
  • Personally motivated, with a strong sense of initiative and commitment
  • Experienced in the management and maintenance of compost systems

Education & Work Experience

  • Possess 1-3 years cooking experience
Physical & Mental Requirements
  • Able to regularly lift a minimum of 30-40 pounds
  • Able to stand for the majority of the day
  • Comfortable working alone for a majority of the time
Additional Qualifications
  • Willing to complete a federal background check
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a current California Food Manager certification, or willing to acquire immediately upon hire (cost will be reimbursed)

Bonus if you...

  • Have prior supervisory experience 
  • Have previous budgeting experience



  • Create nutritious, delicious and balanced lunches and dinners for all staff and guests
  • Ensure all meals are served in a timely manner
  • Accommodate food preferences and allergies, within reason
  • Plan meals for special events (50+) for multiple days, and oversee volunteers in meal preparation

Food Inventory, Ordering & Stocking

  • Regularly inventory, order and restock base camp food
  • Assist in the inventory, order and restock of field foods
  • Regularly inventory, order and restock basecamp cleaning supplies
  • Oversee food deliveries
  • Purchase food locally as needed in coordination with the Logistics Manager
  • Maintain existing and develop new relationships with food vendors in order to best serve program

Kitchen Sanitation


  • Supervise dining room and kitchen cleanliness and sanitation
  • Deep clean kitchen twice monthly
  • Maintain clean stocks of kitchen rags and aprons
  • Ensure compliance with all health codes and regulations

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Act as a resource for basecamp and field needs
  • Uphold and follow Outward Bound California policies
  • Participate in daily basecamp chores and community living expectations
  • Other duties as assigned


  • The is a Seasonal, Non-Exempt, Hourly position tentatively scheduled from April 27th - Oct 7th
  • Contract is based on a 40 hour work week, some work days will be weekends. Days off as desired and schedule allows
  • Starting hourly wage of $12 - $14/hour, depending on experience. Some overtime available for especially busy weeks.
  • Typical hours are from 8:30 a.m. (morning meeting) to 6:30 pm, with a break in the middle, taken at the discretion of the Chef. Based on a 7.5hr workday
  • Alternate arrangements can be made by agreement with the Logistics Manager to provide maximum flexibility and sustainability within this position
  • Rustic and comfortable housing is provided with close access to communal bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Food is provided while on contract.


  • Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates
  • Professional development funds
  • Opportunity to enroll in supplemental, subsidized accident/injury insurance coverage
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP), free of charge for staff and family members
  • Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization


  • This position is located at our High Sierra program base in Midpines, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills 30 miles east of Yosemite National Park
  • The basecamp has a main building with office, warehouse, and commercial kitchen.  Other buildings throughout include administrative and field staff housing and communal areas


Job Availability: 

Position closes January 1st, 2020

Application Closing Date: 
January 30, 2019
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Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Midpines, CA
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
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