Under the direction and supervision of the Camp Manager/Camp Director the camp cook will prepare and serve all camp meals and snacks for the campers and staff. The camp cook is an enthusiastic, energetic and flexible individual who enjoys working in an outdoor rustic environment.
Outline of Duties
- prepare a healthy, diverse food menu
- anticipate camper involvement in preparation and cooking, or plan food-based activity
- place food orders accurately and on time
During Camp – Kitchen Specific
- ensure orders are delivered/picked up in timely manner
- manage kitchen inventory
- ensure meals are prepared on time and that there is always extra food ( a little bit anyways, no kids should leave the cookhouse hungry)
- make sure snacks are prepared on time every morning, afternoon, and evening (routine is so important!)
- keep water tank filled, and ensure there is purified water for campers at all times
- monitor propane supply
- ensure camp kitchen is kept orderly and as safe as possible
- ensure garbage is put into bins every evening
- ensure all campers do their own dishes
During Camp – Generally
- be involved in Camp activities and special events, ie. Keep the smoker lit and incorporate dry fish into the next day’s menu
- provide support for Camp Director
- work with staff to ensure camp cookhouse is a quiet, orderly place
- make sure camp fires are started, or prepped to be started for evening activities
- Provide one on one support to campers in need as required
- Provide mentorship and direction to staff in cooperation with Camp Director
In Between Sessions
o Ensure towels and wash clothes get washed in between sessions
The cook reports to the Camp Manager/Director. The cook should feel confident working under a minimum level of supervision.
The Camp Cook will be required to reside at the campsite for the duration of camp. The camp is located on the northerly shore of the Cameron River, approximately 60 kms outside of Yellowknife on the Ingraham Trail. There are no services available nearby. The camp is accessible by road. The camp consists of cabins and a cookhouse. There is no plumbing nor is there power in the cabins. The Camp Cook may return to Yellowknife between camp sessions.
The Camp Cook is responsible for maintaining confidentiality at all times. At no point is the Camp Cook permitted to identify a child as a ‘foster child’ outside of camp (unless working with social workers or the YFFA/FFC), and the names of foster children are not to be disclosed.
All Camp employees are required to sign an oath of confidentiality and to complete a criminal records check.
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- Knowledge and understanding of Northern cultures, preference given to Aboriginal candidates
- Experience working with children with special needs
- Excellent communication skills and ability to motivate and work with others
- Be physically fit
- Interest and ability in cooking nutritious meals in a rustic camp environment
Foster Family Coalition of the NWT
Camp Connections is located outside of Yellowknife, NWT (approximately 1 hour drive) up the Ingraham Trail along the northern shore of the Cameron River. The Camp site consists of wooden cabins, equipped with wood stoves and outhouses.
Everything needed to run camp is brought in and taken out every summer. There is no running water, plumbing or electricity. The kitchen facilities are equipped with propane stoves, and fridges, as well as a water tank.