Job Title: Head Cook
Reports to:
Classification: Full time, seasonal
Dates: June 11 – August 21


Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit: HTTP://CAMPFIRECOLUMBIA.ORG/


Position Overview: 

Our Head Cook is committed to keeping campers safe, happy, and healthy.  The Head Cook plans menus, orders food according to a set budget, schedules and supervises the kitchen staff and volunteers. They work with other kitchen staff to prepare meals that will fuel both counselors and campers as they learn about themselves and the world around them.  Our Head Cook works to create meals that enable campers to learn and explore while building community around the table. Along with the Health Manager, the Head Cook ensures that camper’s dietary needs and restrictions are safely met.

  • Prepare abundant meals that meet the dietary and nutritional needs of both campers and staff
  • Manage time to prepare meals to meet the diverse scheduling needs of a busy summer camp
  • Be immersed in the songs and traditions of the Camp Namanu dining hall

We Offer: 

Our staff makes a difference so we want to show them how much we appreciate them by offering:

  • Meals in the Dining Hall surrounded by the exuberance of the camp community
  • Personal and Professional Development opportunities
  • Time off each day to recharge amongst our forests and rippling creeks
  • A tight-knit community of 80+ staff from around the world


Essential Job Functions and Qualifications:

  • Experience leading a team in a commercial kitchen, camp kitchen or restaurant
  • Experience creating menus, managing inventory and budget
  • Establish contact with food distributors to order food and supplies and coordinate deliveries
  • Determine kitchen movement schedule, weekly menus to coordinate with campers and various staff departmental schedules
  • Train and organize cook crew, oversee cook crew performance through the season
  • Basic understanding of vegetarian, gluten-free, and/or other special diets
  • Working knowledge of food safety principles
  • Commitment to building a positive community
  • Maintain a clean, safe kitchen and dining area
  • Effective communication with a variety of ages
  • Ability to obtain Food Handlers Card prior to the first day on the job
  • Ability to commute to and from our Sandy, Oregon location each work day


Physical Demands:

  • Continuous standing, moving, bending, walking, lifting up to 50 pounds, pulling, twisting, moving.


Salary and Benefits: 

  • Compensation: $15 per hour.


Application Process:

Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with the subject line, “Head Cook” to: HUMANRESOURCES@CAMPFIRECOLUMBIA.ORG


Camp Namanu was established in 1924 and holds a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of campers from all over the world. The camp expands 552 acres and sits on the banks of the Sandy River, just one hour east of Portland beneath Mount Hood.

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-competent, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.