Washington Family Ranch - Chef III
Young Life - Antelope, OR

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The Chef III is a training position, administered by the Camp or Operations Manager, where the staff person is responsible for all aspects of the Food Service department including: menu and meal planning, food preparation and presentation, dining room service, personnel management, scheduling, purchasing and inventory management, budget preparation and management, sanitation systems management, and cleanliness and overall appearance of the dining room, kitchen, food storage areas and other food service-related areas. The Chef III will have a hands-on role versus a purely managerial role. This position is a vital part of the Washington Family Ranch Food Services Team. The Chef III will spend 7 months (April – October) serving at Creekside and 5 months (November- March) serving as a member of the Canyon Kitchen Team. Canyon and Creekside are 1 mile apart so there will be no need for relocating between Summer Season and School Season.

Operation and maintenance of all food service related equipment
  • Ensure high-quality standards are maintained regarding cleanliness and overall appearance of the various kitchen and dining room equipment, structures and areas. This will entail the use and/or development of training manuals and training seminars to train staff in the correct cleaning procedures outlined by the Department of Health and Young Life standards. There may be exposure to cleaning chemicals when training staff in the proper cleaning methods.
  • Remain current concerning the use of new procedures and equipment within the food service industry by reviewing new information provided by the Executive Chef and industry periodicals.
Operation of the kitchen and dining hall systems
  • Embrace a commitment to uphold the Young Life Food Service Standards adopted by the Camping department and listed in the Young Life Standard Operating Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Minimize waste and encourage recycling by developing a recycling program. Train the food service staff how to properly save and reuse leftovers.
  • Purchase food, paper, chemicals and equipment while maintaining inventory control. Administrate all food cost tracking procedures. May be required to lift materials weighing 60 pounds waist-high to stock shelves.
  • Maintain Young Life Sanitation Standards as outlined in the Young Life Standard Operating Policies and Procedures Manual and by the Health Department.
Hire and train volunteers, work crew, summer staff, and other staff
  • Maintain a current training matrix for all staff working within the Food Service department. Train staff according to set methods and use manuals developed by the Young Life Camping Department.
Menu development
  • Plan, develop and evaluate the menu with healthy dietary criteria in mind.
  • Must perform calculations to determine proportions and measurements.
Participate in inter-property quality assurance audits
  • Participate within a team of two to three food service staff to collect and report data to be used to train and/or evaluate a host property’s Food Service department.
Working Conditions:
  • May be required to lift materials weighing 60 pounds waist-high.
  • May be exposed to cleaning chemicals when following proper cleaning methods.


Two years college completed and/or two years professional culinary training or apprenticeship through an accredited school

Experience Required For The Job:
  • At least four years work experience in the food service industry.
  • At least one of those four years in a managerial or managerial support role.
  • Young Life background (volunteer, camping experience, etc.).
  • Experience in organizing tasks and supervising people.
  • Experience in managing the administrative aspects of the Food Service department.
  • Clear, professional communication skills – both verbal and written.

Standard Young Life benefits package including medical, dental, vision, pension and 401(k), health club reimbursement and paid vacation. View further details .
Note: Young Life is a relational ministry. Staff must be able to convey a sense of Christ-like hospitality and concern for guests and staff. Responding to the unexpected needs of a guest in a prompt and professional manner is important. All staff members are expected to represent Young Life positively and professionally within the local community and be able to work with and minister to the volunteer high school and college-aged young people who attend our camp.

Located in the high desert of central Oregon, Washington Family Ranch is a remote property with a large dedicated staff that results in approximately 120 people living on site year round. This creates a unique and spiritually rewarding environment of Christian work and fellowship. There are two camps located here- Canyon, a high school facility and Creekside, a middle school focused camp.

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