Panama – Kalu Yala Institute hiring Kitchen Manager and Head Chef

Kitchen Manager and Head Chef
Kalu Yala Institute

Start date May 1st, 2017 
Contact: Melissa Mazurkewicz,

You have a passion for nutritious food and organization. You enjoy finding local producers that can provide a regular supply of fresh, healthy food in order to feed up to 200 people a day. You are an organizer and can plan 30 days in advance. You enjoy collaborating with chefs as well as spending time creating and updating spreadsheets. You promote creative expression of yourself and others via culinary arts in a mentorship role. You love working in an outdoor kitchen. You can delegate and empower others on your team. You know how to manage a budget and keep track of finances.

As Kalu Yala Kitchen Manager and Executive Chef you will manage our public house style on-site kitchen while attempting to be Zero Waste and source ingredients as local and seasonal as possible. You will carry out the vision and mission of our previous Executive Chef by operating a arts style kitchen, utilizing the creativity and skills of each kitchen team member.  At our off-the-grid location, you will make sure everyone is well fed, food is delivered on time and in the right quantity, and that the kitchen is kept meticulously clean and organized.

You will work Monday through Friday and coordinate that food is set up for the weekends. You will work with your supervisor to set goals and track them throughout the semester.


  • Spanish speaker

  • Wilderness First Responder or other medical training

  • CPR certified

  • Manual vehicle/4×4 experience

  • Flexible and resilient

  • Experience living in community


  1. 3-5 years working in a commercial kitchen with kitchen management experience or degree related to culinary arts with relevant experience

  2. Strong planner who enjoys organization

  3. Group leadership and managerial skills

  4. Experience cooking for large groups

  5. Conversational Spanish

  6. Excited to connect to members of the local community

  7. Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here:

  8. Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in the Panamanian jungle


  • $2,000 per month in salary, which is actually quite significant in Panama’s jungles

  • Bonus based on performance review

  • Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp

  • 6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly


Great Camp Sagamore hiring Head Chef

Raquette Lake, New York

Head Chef

Great Camp Sagamore, National Historic Landmark, located in Raquette Lake, NY is looking for a head chef for the 2016 season, which runs from May 7th until October 25th. This position is responsible for the oversight and preparation of 3 meals a day for up to 85 people and other meals as needed. The chef will create and implement a bimonthly menu drawing from Sagamore’s historic traditions and local ingredients (when available). The menu will offer a variety of new and signature dishes to help define the Sagamore experience.  In addition to the meals served at Sagamore’s Dining Hall, this position provides food for our on-site cafe including daily muffins, cookies, to-go sandwiches, wraps, soup and other items.

The chef is responsible for performing the overall administrative duties ranging from ordering food and supplies,  to adhering to a seasonal budget. This position will oversee and hire 2 kitchen staff members. Competitive salary and on-site room and board is provided.  Visit our website for information on Great Camp Sagamore.  Please send resume and references to