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Job Title: Retreat Center Food Service Assistant Cook
Reports To: Retreat Center Food Service Director
Job Location: The Firs Retreat Center, Bellingham, WA
Hourly Rate: $15.00
Prepared By: Kirk Potter
Date Prepared: January 20, 2018


The Retreat Center Food Service Assistant Cook assists the Food Service Director either in the preparation of meals or as the lead cook for meals in the absence of the Food Service Director including Fircreek Day Camp and After School Adventure. The primary job function is to provide high quality food preparation and service in support of the ministries taking place at The Firs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Assists the Food Service Director for some meals and is the lead cook for other meals while directing and training other cooking staff. Will maintain a high level of food preparation and presentation.

Health Regulations
Responsible for maintaining a clean kitchen and dining room environment while meeting all state and local health regulations pertaining to Food Service.

Work Environment
Responsible for maintaining and enforcing an appropriate work environment in the kitchen. That includes proper dress, behavior, language and music that are honoring to God and consistent with The Firs ministry objectives.

Maintains the proper storage of all food according to local and state health standards.

Part time seasonal employees, typically young adults or older teenagers, who are assisting in meal preparation or working in the dish room and dining room during meals that the Assistant Cook is the lead cook.

 A mature Christian with a ministry minded vocational perspective
 Previous cooking experience preferably in an institutional or business setting. On the job training is available.
 Minimum education: High School graduate.
 Able to cook well and able to plan and prepare meals appropriate to a wide range of constituency—youth to adults
 A basic understanding of a retreat center food service operation and a desire to serve God within that context
 Have strong work references preferably in the area of food service


 Basic understanding of the fundamentals of cooking.
 Understanding of basic health and safety requirements as they pertain to a food service environment
 Knowledge of basic kitchen appliances and equipment

CERTIFICATES – Food Handler’s Card (mandatory), First Aid/CPR certification (optional)

 Regularly lift up to 25 lbs
 Occasionally lift up to 50 lbs
 Work some part of most weekends
 Able to pass a background check and drug screen.

 Maintain high level of food quality with positive guest feedback
 Works independently and is a self-starter
 Adequately supervise food service personnel
 Maintain positive, clean and productive work environment

TO APPLY, complete & sign the following forms available on the Employment page:

  1. Job Application for the Retreat Center
  2. Doctrinal Statement & Covenant

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