Retreat Chef/Food Program Manager
May 15- October 11, 2019
+/- 40 hours per week
The Retreat Chef and Food Program Manager is in charge of planning and preparing for all the meals served at the Refuge at Knoll Farm, a seasonal retreat center in operation from mid-May to mid-October. Please see our Food page for more about our food philosophy: healthy delicious food is at the very heart of people’s experience of the farm, so this position is very creative, important and deeply appreciated.
Groups using the Refuge include professional groups, families, music camps, yoga studios and individuals on our leadership retreats. Most retreats are 2-8 days long and are typically around 20-30 people. On rare occasions we cook for more than 30 people.
Job responsibilities include:
- planning creative, mostly vegetarian menus that highlight seasonal produce in our local area
- sourcing food from local farms, farmer’s markets and food stores with the goal of having the majority of our food be locally grown
- preparing and presenting delicious meals and being willing to share how it is sourced and cooked with guests
- cooking in the outdoor pizza oven as a community experience
- catering to special diets, including gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and others
- managing volunteers in the kitchen
- keeping meals on time according to the schedule, and planning portions to be sure there is enough food for each group
- keeping detailed budgets and managing spending wisely
Days can be long, typically beginning at 6 am with breakfast prep and ending with dinner at 7 pm, with a break in the afternoon to rest or explore the farm. An Assistant Chef is available to help with tasks to ensure this break or to take on breakfasts during longer retreats. There is always at least one additional person on for mealtimes to serve and clean up.
In 2019, this job begins May 15 with a two-day staff orientation and ends October 11th. The work schedule is arranged around the retreat calendar, which means that intense work periods are followed by blocks of days off. The calendar below is everything we have confirmed by the end of January. It will be added to, and numbers are likely to change. Nearly all programs begin with dinner the first day and end before lunch the last day.
May 15-17: Staff orientation
May 18: Spoon Carving Workshop – approx 15 people
May 30 – June 2: Raining Woman retreat – 30 people
June 10 – 14: Cosecha retreat – 21 people
June 24 – 27: Facilitating for Change – approx 20 people
June 30 – July 6 : Better Selves Fellowship – 25 people
July 12-14: Mindful Voice singing and meditation retreat – 20 people
July 23-26: NPCA retreat – 20 people
July 27-Aug 2: Better Selves Fellowship session II- 25 people
August 6-9: Pueblo Project –20 people
August 12-17: Band in residence – 8 people
August 24-30: Better Selves Fellowship session III– 25 people
Sept 13-15: Writing retreat – 15 people
Sept 27-29: Harvard student retreat – 18 people
Oct 4-6: Woman’s Retreat – 20 people
Compensation is $150 per full day worked, including set-up and clean-up days. Partial days (under 8 hours) are paid at $15 per hour. The position does not include health benefits, but housing can be included for no charge and consists of a private bedroom in the farmhouse, with shared bath.
If interested please fill out the application below. Please be sure to include a cover letter and resume. Thank you.
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