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Retreat Center Seeks Prep Cooks 6/22-7/6 (Shipman)

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

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Drumheller Lane near Route 714

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compensation: $16-$18/hr
employment type: part-time
job title: Cook
Do you love to cook? Do you think of food as medicine for both body and soul? Do you enjoy nourishing others in a communal environment?

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center is seeking prep cooks to join our kitchen team during our two week Summer Retreat, 6/22-7/6. We are specifically looking to fill a breakfast lead/lunch support shift (6:30am-2:30pm) and a dinner support/nightly closing shift (2-10pm). Ideal candidates will be available at least 5 shifts in a row, but we also need relief staff who can work 1-2 shifts in a row giving core members of the team time off.

A bit of background — located on a hundred acres in the hills of Nelson County, the center hosts retreats throughout the year from the Bön spiritual tradition of Tibet as well as for other contemplative groups. Our kitchen provides simple, healthy, vegetarian, buffet-style meals for groups, sizing 15-70. We have a well-equipped, well-maintained, well-stocked, and spacious kitchen. Job perks include delicious meals during shifts, possibility to stay on site during retreats if desired (saving you on gas and commute), and access to wooded walking trails and the Rockfish River for swimming!

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
*Work both independently as well as part of a team to prepare and serve high quality meals – wash, peel, chop, mix, roast, bake, blanche, stir fry, etc.
*Participate in proper setup and break down of all stations
*Maintain a clean, orderly and efficient workplace
*Properly operate and maintain kitchen equipment
*Special food prep, cleaning and organizing projects as needed
*Orient and support new staff and volunteers
*Communicate with and accommodate guests
*Support a positive retreat environment

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
*Reliable and punctual
*Strong work ethic, solution-oriented, and capacity to self-direct
*Good organizational skills: ability to plan, prioritize and manage multiple tasks with flexibility, efficiency, accuracy, and in a calm and focused manner
*Interest in nutritionally-balanced vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cooking
*Skill and familiarity with essential cooking and baking techniques. Food handlers permit a plus!
*Experience cooking for large groups or in a high-volume restaurant setting
*Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, including some early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
*Good communication and interpersonal skills, able to maintain positive working relationships, and commitment to co-creating a healthy environment for all
*Ability to stand comfortably for an 8 hour shift (break mid-shift) in a sometimes hot and noisy kitchen, as well as safely bend, reach, push, pull, and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs
*Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
*Ability to speak, read and write clearly in English
*Interest in contemplative practice and commitment to integrating mindfulness into daily life a plus

SCHEDULING:
While we are currently focused on staffing this 6/22-7/6 event, we occasionally need relief staff during other events as well. Hours are variable and intermittent, depending on our event schedule, but generally scheduled well in advance. Current retreats dates for the remainder of 2024 are:

6/22-7/6
7/23-7/25
9/5-9/8
9/18-9/23
10/24-10/30
11/7-11/10
12/5-12/8
12/27-1/4

PAY RATE:
$16-$18/hr

TO APPLY:
Send us a resume, brief cover letter, and three professional references. Applicants need not be available for all dates. However, preference will be given to folks who can commit to a broader range of dates as well as work multiple shifts/week. We look forward to hearing from you!
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post id: 7747492686

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