Employee Dining Room Cooks
Rocky Mountain National Park - Xanterra Travel Collection

Now Hiring Employee Dining Room Cooks in Rocky Mountain National Park!

Up high on Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road - the nation’s highest paved roadway!

  • spring
  • summer
  • fall
Estes Park, Colorado
$17.65 / hour
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in about 2 months. (May 22, 2023)

Now Hiring Cooks for the Employee Dining Room at Rocky Mountain National Park - come LIVE, WORK, EXPLORE this summer!

With Rocky Mountain National Park in your backyard, your free time can be full of hiking, fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding, wildlife watching, photography, camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and stargazing! Estes Park has many quality family-owned restaurants and a major grocery store within 2 miles. Major cities like Longmont, Loveland, and Denver metro are less than 2 hours away.

The Details
Rocky Mountain National Park is hiring for the position of Cook for our Employee Dining Room (EDR). Our EDR staff works hard to serve approximately 60 internal guests who will appreciate a good meal to start each day and a relaxing meal and environment upon completion of their day at 12,000 feet.

If you love making meals from scratch, helping with menu planning, exploring and preparing excellent food, Rocky Mountain National Park should be your destination. Our cooks oversee all kitchen operations including menu prep for the café, food prep for the EDR, cooking, cleaning, dishwashing, dining room clean-up, etc.

Start Date: May 22nd, 2023
Position Type: Seasonal (mid-May to mid-October)
Wage: $17.65 per hour


The Benefits
For seasonal employees, Xanterra offers the MEC (Minimum Essential Coverage) plan, Paid Sick and Safety Time (PSST), Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), and Employee Discounts and Travel Deals.


  • Responsible for prep, set-up, service, clean up, and restocking of cook lines and appropriate prep areas.
  • Preparing employee meals in a timely manner, maintaining all sanitation requirements. Cleaning, and restocking the kitchen and employee dining room.
  • Responsible to maintain cleanliness of the kitchen area, working on a schedule to deep clean all equipment on a rotation basis throughout the season.
  • Menu planning will be a possibility.
  • Read and follow any given recipe with consistency and accuracy each time.
  • Accurately measure and/or weigh ingredients.
  • Perform all duties in an efficient and productive manner with little to no supervision.
  • The EDR staff is responsible for all food prep, cooking, cleaning, and dishwashing.
  • Monitoring FIFO (First In First Out) making sure each area is properly labeled.
  • Adhere to and understand ServSafe standards and practices Adhere to all sanitation requirements including product rotation, temperature maintenance and record keeping, storage procedures, cooking requirements, and handling techniques.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Previous line or batch cooking experience.
  • ServSafe certification a plus.
  • Knowledge of HACCP.
  • Must understand FIFO (First In First Out) procedures.
  • Working knowledge of all equipment used within the food and beverage operation.
  • Knowledge of basic sanitation and kitchen equipment skills.
  • Comprehending and extending/converting recipes.
  • Be able to perform all daily cleaning assignments as scheduled by supervisor.
  • Ability to follow directions.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, approximately 8 hours.
  • Ability to work in a hot environment for long periods of time, approximately 8 hours.
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, stretch, and reach for extended periods of time.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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