Seasonal Cook
North Cascades Institute

Picture yourself cooking farm to table food in the "American Alps"!!

Dining hall on the shore of beautiful Diablo Lake


Seasonal Cook

North Cascades Institute
$16.00 / hour
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Jun 01, 2021)


North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified, enthusiastic professional cook to join our Kitchen Team. Based out of the Institute’s field campus in North Cascades National Park, this position supports food services at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, which serves up to 80 children and/or adults per day on a seven-day-a-week schedule. Supervised by the Head Chef, this position works closely with many Institute staff, partners, and contractors to support a wide array of educational programs. This includes the Foodshed Project, the Institute’s initiative to incorporate local, organic products in the operation of the Learning Center.



  • Enthusiasm for and experience with “Foodshed” principals and the “Slow Food” movement
  • One year or more professional food service experience
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks with exemplary time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to give and receive direction in a way that models respect
  • Ability to comply with a smoke- and drug-free work environment
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds consistently
  • Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and a driving history check


  • Previous food service experience at other residential learning centers, camps, schools, or similar facilities
  • Professional food service experience in an institutional setting, preparing diverse, health-conscious meals for children and adult groups, including foods that incorporate fresh, local and/or organic ingredients
  • Experience assisting with inventory and ordering tasks



  • Prepares meals on a daily basis, served take-out style for up to 50 persons. Service may shift to buffet-style contingent upon CDC recommendations
  • Assists the Head Chef in creating age and diet appropriate menus for NCI’s summer programming (families, tour groups, adult seminars, etc.), using recipes for consistency, cost control, and appealing servings avoiding unnecessary waste
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head Chef or Facilities Manager


  • Maintains exemplary standards of cleanliness in the dining hall, kitchen, and walk-in
  • Assists in ware-washing program and hospitality
  • Actively participates in the recycling program, composting, use of green materials and local products as related to foodservice


  • Support equity initiatives at North Cascades Institute and actively contribute to NCI as a community of belonging that is welcoming and accessible to everyone. Develop personal equity, diversity, and inclusion-related goal(s) and track progress towards your goal(s) with your supervisor.
  • Participates in general staff responsibilities such as staff meetings, hands to work, and risk management and other duties as assigned
  • Rental housing available


This is a seasonal/temporary, full-time (32 hours per week) non-exempt position, beginning June 1st, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Wage is $16 to $16.50 per hour, DOE. Benefits include sick leave and holiday pay.

Position will remain open until filled.


Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at North Cascades Institute. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs. North Cascades Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


North Cascades Institute's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature, and community through science, art, literature, and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place.

How to Apply

Please apply online below.

Complete the online application and upload a resume and a cover letter pertinent to this position.

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