Executive Chef
Half Moon Bar Lodge

Hiring immediately! Spend the summer of a lifetime on the Rogue River at Half Moon Bar Lodge!

Nestled in the Rogue River Wilderness, our off-grid lodge with a luxury twist is a true gem.

Seasonal

Executive Chef

Half Moon Bar Lodge
Location:
Agness, Oregon
Wages/Pay:
$1,000.00 / week + tips
Experience:
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts immediately!

Seeking a Full Time Executive Chef for the privately owned and prestigious Half Moon Bar Lodge on the Rogue River in Oregon. Come explore one of the original eight Wild and Scenic Rivers, and join our small team of 7. We serve small exclusive groups that are adventuring in the Rogue River Canyon. 

You will work closely with the whole lodge team in coordinating and executing Lodge operations to ensure a unique and immersive experience for our guests. 

This position entails performing all kitchen operations under the direction of the manager. You will work with the AM Chef/Baker and the gardener on farm to table meals, man the main lodge area, assist guests, and other tasks as assigned. 

Our meals are served family style, presented in Dutch ovens on walnut slab tables, and announced once the guests are seated. Guests do not order off a menu; we serve a set menu every day. Guests pass plates to serve each other, usually 20 plates for guests and 7 more for staff.  

We have world class fishing, hiking, and places for a hammock, so there is lots to do with free time.

Our ideal team member is kind, efficient, and has serious skills developed over a substantial career. 

Our season is from May through October; this position starts immediately. 

We have a brand new, top of the line commercial kitchen with efficiency built in. It is a large kitchen with big windows and a great view; it is a joy to work in - not your typical lodge kitchen. We also have a full bar and a barista station. 

Clear as mud? Don't worry, we would love to talk to you on the phone to answer your questions and give you more information. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Prepare, serve and clean up family style meals for guests and staff, usually about 25 people
  • Maintain inventory control of food and supplies
  • Maintain and ensure a safe facility environment including standards for food production and employee hygiene 
  • Utilize efficient practices, clean as you cook, dishes are your responsibility.
  • Prep for the Breakfast Chef/Baker
  • Preserving garden vegetables, make jams, dehydrate fruit, can, pickle and ferment.
  • Keeping the fridges clean, stocked and labeled
  • Keeping work station, dining room, and common areas clean and organized at all times
  • Maintain awareness of safety issues and report them immediately to your manager

SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma/G.E.D. Equivalent required.
  • Highly experienced in commercial kitchen and bakery environments. 
  • Demonstration of food safety knowledge and sanitation
  • Obtain Oregon Food Handlers Card
  • Complete Oregon OLCC server course
  • Strong customer service abilities; actively look for ways to assist customers and coworkers
  • Create occasional Vegan and Vegetarian special meals for individuals on request
  • Barista experience is a plus
  • Bartending experience is a plus
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to harvest from the garden
  • Ability to problem solve and make miracles happen on request

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly frequent movements from place to place within the unit. Bend, lift, carry, reach/extend arms and hands above shoulder height frequently, or otherwise move in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to stand for the entire shift
  • Withstanding temperature extremes in cold storage and grill areas
  • Reading and writing work-related documents
  • Must be able to self manage time, interpersonal relations, and be a good fit for the team.  

COMPENSATION:

Starting pay is $1,000.00 a week, direct deposited on a biweekly basis. Meals and lodging are provided at no cost to you. Staff usually eats the same food as the guests, unless we beg the chef for more variety. Then you can be creative and surprise us. 

Team members live on the property in staff housing, as there are no roads to the lodge. Staff rooms are private, have new pillowtop mattresses, soft linens and fluffy pillows. Each room has an amazing view and is newly updated for the 2022 season. The rooms have 24 hour electricity and excellent wifi. The bathroom is shared with up to 4 other staff. 

We rely on our jet boat for staff transportation in and out of the property. There is ample parking at the attended boat ramp, we leave all our vehicles there.

Lodging and meals are provided as part of your compensation. With room and board included and nowhere to spend money while you're at the lodge, it is a great way to save for winter travel or financial goals. 

Our workday is long and days off are few, as is common with seasonal lodging positions, but we schedule at least one day off per week. Depending on guest load, you may get two days off. There is also the opportunity for up to two weeks unpaid time off if coordinated before the start of the season--that way a boat can be scheduled and there are enough hands to keep things running in one's absence.

We pool tips and payout at the end of the season. If you leave early you are out of the pool. Life is much better for everyone if the full crew stays the whole season. 

LODGE CULTURE:

Half Moon Bar Lodge is a beautiful place to live and a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world for a few months. You'll spend lots of time outdoors and learn what it takes to bring the off-grid experience with a luxury twist to our guests. 

We have world class fishing, hiking, trails, disc golf, stand up paddle boards and a million places for a hammock, hot afternoons often finding us at the swimming hole, so there is lots to do with your free time. On days off you can access the famous Rogue River Trail, its just across the river. We also have some of the best dark skies in the US for stargazing from our airstrip. 

Half Moon Bar Lodge staff are one big semi-functional family. Living and working together cultivates an environment that encourages honesty, accountability, a sense of belonging, and loads of fun. We admit mistakes and call each other out when needed; this is one of our core values, and we find it works well. 

There is no cell service, but we have Starlink satellite internet to stay in touch with the outside world. It is darn fast. Fast enough to stream in HD or to Video Chat/FaceTime with loved ones. 

No pets, we have the world's greatest Lodge dog named Roma; she is a little bit famous. However you can not bring your pets nor can guests bring pets. We love all animals, but especially our resident herd of deer. They are used to Roma, but disappear for days when other dogs come on property. 

Half Moon Bar Lodge has multiple positions available for the 2022 season. Couples are encouraged to apply as a team for two of the available positions. If you’re interested in this, lets chat!

LOGISTICS:

From Gold Beach, OR it’s about an hour drive to Foster Bar where you meet the Half Moon Bar Lodge jet boat, which will take you the rest of the way. We rely on our jet boat for staff transportation in and out of the property. There is ample parking at Foster Bar, we leave all of our vehicles there.

You are responsible for reaching Foster Bar on time for your scheduled jet boat and will stay through the season with the exception of previously scheduled weeks off or emergencies. 


We are an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state or local law. 

How to Apply

To apply, send us an email, and be sure to include your resume and a couple of paragraphs about you! If you have a partner who is interested in another position we have available, please let us know in your email. 

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