Camp Chef Position, 2020
We have a great job open for a man or woman who enjoys serving guests with a positive attitude and dedicated attention to their needs. Position is for a camp chef in a vehicle-supported tent camp, with a well-equipped kitchen and dining setup. We conduct week long horseback riding trips in Wyoming for small groups of about 10 adults total, mostly women. Meals include full breakfast in camp, light lunch items for the saddle, afternoon hors d’oeuvres with cocktails, and a full dinner.
Position requires: The successful applicant must have a great attitude toward serving guests at all times, a good work ethic, to be an enthusiastic member of our team, and the ability to “go with the flow” as necessary. Position covers a wide variety of tasks, and time management skills are essential. Ability to do grocery shopping with skills of price comparison and judgement a big plus; scratch baking a plus, but not a deal-breaker; must be open to preparing healthy foods for guests and staff alike, and willingness to accommodate special needs diets, i.e. vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergies.( Vegan diets cannot be accommodated). You are there to help take care of and serve paying customers, to be a team member along with the assistant manager, wrangler, and owner in conducting safe, friendly, and enjoyable adventures for everyone involved. Being well-organized, neat, and clean are imperative. If you play an instrument that is conducive to a campfire atmosphere, we encourage your participation. You will be required to attend the orientation provided by the owners, and will follow all management guidelines as spelled out in the Employee Manual for this position. Following the established company dress code is mandatory, and it is important that the successful applicant maintain their own personal physical and mental condition by taking advantage of down-time to rest, relax and recharge. Having good endurance and living a fit and healthy lifestyle will serve the successful applicant very well in this position.
Setup includes: Converted travel trailer for the cookhouse, no electricity; full-size propane range, additional 3-burner large camp cooktop; 3-basin stainless steel sink; pantry storage, chest freezer run on a generator, and one propane refrigerator. Management of coolers w/ice is required. Dutch oven cooking over a campfire is not required, but welcome if we are not under a fire ban. Menus are in place and we prefer that they be closely adhered to, though there is some flexibility for cook specialties upon approval of the owner. Daily schedules and operations manuals are provided and adhering to those is required.
Compensation: Room, board, monthly salary to be determined, one full day off between trips to go to town and do laundry, etc., with one day off in camp. Lodging provided will be a small travel trailer (not self-contained). Position requires person to live for the entire season on-site, and you will be required to tend camp between trips in rotation with other staff, except on your day off. Gratuities are usually forthcoming after each trip, and they vary on average between $200-1000 per week. When staff is dedicated to doing an outstanding job, the gratuities will reflect that, and can exceed the average mentioned.
Duration of position: May 25 through September 10, 2020. Preference to someone who will commit to the full season. Single persons only. Application Packet (Include the following):
- Letter stating why you think you would be an asset to our company, what your expectations are, your unique skills/abilities/traits.
- Resume covering the past 5 years of your employment and/or education, job references from previous employers or your direct supervisors.
- Two recent photos of yourself (head shot and full length in appropriate attire)
- Complete contact information, to include email address, mailing address, cell phone number.
If you provide us with the complete Application Packet as requested, we will assess it, and determine if you will be considered for an interview by Skype and telephone. Upon request, we can also provide you with the day-to-day schedule, dress code & conduct agreement, Employment Policies, and any other pertinent documents. If we decide to offer you the position, we will have a background check done, so you will be required to provide copies of your social security card and driver’s license at that time.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Our field season is conducted from a remote tent camp that is 45 miles from the nearest town by vehicle. We do not have internet or cell phone service in camp, and though there are spots where service is available out there, we expect staff to be able to be out of touch with the “outside world” for the duration of each ride week. Our guests come here to get away from civilization and it is not only disruptive to the flow and feel we are trying to create for them, but it distracts the staff from the job at hand, which is taking care of the guests and horses, and being part of the “wilderness” experience with everyone. If you don’t think you can turn your cell phone off for a week, then this isn’t the place or the job for you. The owner, for business and safety purposes, does check voicemail and email during the ride week, so if someone needs to reach you in an emergency, they will be able to by contacting her. Also, we do not accommodate personal horses or dogs. We have two “camp dogs” of our own and you will be able to make friends with them.
Please visit our website to see what the company is all about. We live by several mottos, two of which certainly apply to this position: “Plans often don’t work out, but planning does” and “Go with the flow”; we try to plan and prepare as best we can for everything before the first guest of the season arrives, so that we can focus all the necessary attention to conducting each ride week as safely, professionally, and enjoyably as possible, for all of us.
Website is at https://blueskysage.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BlueSkySage
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