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Kitchen Assistant

Big Bear Retreat Center
1000 Sugarpine Rd, Big Bear City, CA 92314
$17 - $21 an hour - Part-time, Full-time


1000 Sugarpine Rd, Big Bear City, CA 92314

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  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off

Full job description

About Big Bear Retreat Center

Big Bear Retreat Center is an inclusive and accessible place for respite, healing, transformation, cross-cultural dialogue, collaboration, hope, and joy. We do this by offering a mix of silent Insight Meditation retreats, and by partnering with organizations supporting various communities including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, first responders and veterans, and mindfulness communities.

Job Summary:

In-person / Full-time, Part-time, or On-Call

We are looking for a Kitchen Assistant to join our team. The retreat center’s kitchen cooks with organic vegetables to prepare healthy, seasonally driven meals. This role is responsible for the preparation, cooking and plating of meals for groups between 15-50 people. Our small team also works together to maintain the cleanliness of the entire dining area. We work together washing dishes, mopping the dining room, unloading produce deliveries and keeping the kitchen clean and organized. This role will often contribute to supporting the team and tasks of the center, including housekeeping and maintenance, dependent on skills and motivation. There are plenty of opportunities to grow and learn at the center.


  • Ability to work on your feet for long periods.
  • Take directions well
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Good attitude and communication skills
  • Desire to learn new cooking techniques
  • Ability to communicate with guests in a professional manner
  • Support our guests by maintaining professional conduct during their retreat
  • Reliable transportation to work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One to two years of cooking experience in a professional kitchen
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Passion for healthy vegetarian cooking
  • Basic Knife Skills

Typical Daily Tasks:

  • Food preparation; chopping vegetables, making sauces and cooking
  • Washing dishes
  • Maintaining kitchen & dining room cleanliness and organization


  • Between $17-$21 per hour based on prior experience
  • Health insurance for full time employees
  • Daily staff meals during retreats
  • Opportunity to advance in the company

Big Bear Retreat Center is an equal opportunity employer. At BBRC we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

Big Bear Retreat Center 1000 Sugarpine Road, Big Bear, CA. 92314

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $17.00 - $21.00 per hour


  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

Physical setting:

  • Casual dining restaurant
  • Fine dining restaurant
  • Upscale casual restaurant


  • 10 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Evening shift
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
All staff are required to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Masks and testing may be required at certain times dependent on the groups we are hosting.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Big Bear City, CA 92314: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

  • What interests and motivates you about this position and working at the retreat center?


  • Hospitality or Retreat Center: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Kitchen: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: One location