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Leveraging its historic, certified organic farm, Carnation Farms inspires individuals, families and communities to make informed choices about food and lifestyles through farm-based education and experiential learning.



Job Title:                                Lead Cook/Prep chef

Department:                           GUEST SERVICES


Position Summary:

Perform a wide variety of duties as outlined in the Carnation Farms’ Culinary Mission of promoting a sustainable food system that is focused on the use of locally sourced ingredients to create fun and healthy meals for our campers, families, staff, volunteers and donors. This includes, but is not limited to, leading a food preparation and service team consisting of staff and volunteers, meal set-up, service, and cleanup, as well as other tasks assigned by Carnation Farms’ management. This is a part time/full time seasonal position that requires the individual to work a flexible schedule. Considered candidates will have a passion and interest in food, sustainability and nutrition.


Your mission will be to partner with the Executive Chef and, together with your team, achieve outstanding food quality.  If you want to work in a busy kitchen, have a positive attitude, are a team player, you could be a perfect fit for our team.  We are looking for motivated cooks who are eager to learn and grow.  We are dedicated to hiring outstanding individuals who are relentless in seeking ways to exceed expectations.  If you share our passion, we will empower you to make great decisions that will benefit and enhance the overall camper experience.  We are seeking that rare individual who knows that results are achieved through their people. 


Reports to:                                         Executive Chef 



  • Meal preparation set up and service
  • Qualified to be the Serv Safe Certified lead
  • Assist in the monitoring of food and kitchen supplies
  • Assist in monitoring kitchen facilities for maintenance and repair
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Lead staff and volunteers in meal prep and cleanup
  • Provide support in other departments as directed by Carnation Farms’ Management
  • Shift closing/clean up
  • Inventory


Skills and Experience:

  • Experience preferred in a commercial culinary role (catering or restaurant)
  • Food Safety
  • Advanced knife skills
  • Butchery
  • Managing a kitchen team



  • High School degree or G.E.D.
  • Formal culinary education or apprenticeship preferred


Key Competencies:

Should have knowledge of and/or experience in:

  • Advanced knife skills
  • Ability to problem solve when facing tough situations
  • Showing up on time, prepared and equipped to work.
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining the integrity of products
  • Communicating effectively with the Executive Chef about timing, product issues and knowing when “you are in the weeds”
  • Culinary terminology
  • Proficiency in a wide range of culinary techniques and cooking methods
  • General knowledge of global cuisine
  • Ability to accurately identify ingredients
  • Basic garden/farming knowledge
  • Basic nutrition/dietary restrictions
  • Food preparation, presentation and serving
  • Perform as a lead, working with staff and volunteers
  • Willingness to admit mistakes and approach Executive Chef for solutions and guidance
  • Ability to get along with others, such as fellow employees, volunteers, and campers
  • Requires working a flexible schedule to include holidays and weekend work, either morning or evening shift
  • Organizational skills/Cleanliness
  • Ability to follow directions and/or recipes to the specifications as outlined by the Executive Chef
  • Ability to work independently and self-manage, often with little direction
  • Ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to practice safety and sanitation, avoid cross contact and/or cross contamination as well as proper cooling methods



  • Food handlers permit
  • ServSafe Certification preferred
  • Valid driver’s License
  • Immunization record
  • Current CPR and First Aid (provided)
  • Background check


Working Conditions: (percentages are approximations)

  •  90% in camp/business activities
  •  10% in onsite projects


Physical Demands:

  • Able to  lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs. frequently
    • Standing up to 8 hours per day
    • Work in a fast paced environment
  Metro Area Seattle WA
  Job Location City Carnation
  Job Location State Washington
  Job Location Zip 98014
  Job Location Country United States
  Compensation Hourly From: $0.00 To: $0.00
  Job Category Food service
  Prefered Experience 0 year(s)
  Job Type Part time
  Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date May. 11, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name Carnation Farms
  Organizational Focus Farming and Agriculture
  Contact Person Becky Venable
  Contact Phone (425) 844-3102
  Contact Fax (425) 844-3123
  Contact Email
  Web Address http://28901 NE Carnation Farm Road

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