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


Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op hiring Deli Specialist – Kitchen Manager

Roanoke, Virginia

Deli Specialist – Kitchen Manager                     Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op

 Our Cooperative: Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op is a member-owned consumer cooperative operating a full-service grocery store in the Grandin Village and a smaller urban store, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op Market Square, on Roanoke’s historic City Market in Roanoke, Virginia.  We are also the proud owners of one of the country’s largest urban farms.  Heritage Point and Heritage Heights are located less than 7 miles from our Grandin Road store and within the Roanoke city limits. We are dedicated to healthful foods and products, education, and environmental responsibility through the products we sell and the services we provide.

We are located in southwest Virginia and have been an anchor store in our neighborhood for over 30 years.  Roanoke is approximately 4 hours from Washington, DC as well as 4 hours from Virginia Beach.  Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke offers a wide variety of activities in the arts, entertainment, and exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities.

Job Objective:

To prepare, cook and present food quickly and efficiently. To ensure the smooth running of the kitchen, at all times and to supervise, train and motivate others all while giving exceptional customer service.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage the opening or closing of the kitchen
  • Prepare, cook and present food, quickly and efficiently, meeting our standards
  • Assist in keeping the kitchen clean, hygienic and tidy, at all times
  • Keep up to date with current promotions, seasonal events and new products
  • Work safely around kitchen equipment and monitor and deal with any maintenance issues
  • Manage all kitchen-related office administration
  • Manage deli staff
  • Identify and take an active role in the recruitment of new staff members
  • Use food development plan to improve the sales and profitability of the deli
  • Maintain accurate food-ordering and stocking levels, including all kitchen materials

Red Gate Farm hiring Full Time Staff

Buckland, Massachusetts

Red Gate Farm, in Buckland, MA, is hiring full-time staff members to assist with the development and implementation of new farm programs.  These are unique positions, in that we are seeking exceptional individuals who are both ambitious and hard-working, and want to have a direct role in the shaping of a new farm education program.  We are seeking collaborators!
The following positions are being filled:

Farmer/educator – work closely with children on the farm, assist with farm maintenance and operations, develop programming (two positions)
Kitchen manager – plan menus, purchase food, prepare and cook program food, manage kitchen assistants, develop programming and work closely with children on the farm. (one position)

Employment packages range from $20,000 – $25,000, which includes a $12-15k salary, health insurance, on-site housing and board.  Successful candidates will be ready to begin in June 2013 for at least a one-year commitment, and come with strong references regarding their work with children and ability to work individually and as a team-member, and typically will have a college undergrad degree.  Farming and cooking experiences are all helpful but not required.  All candidates must be prepared to do an on-site interview at Red Gate Farm.

How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and a list of three or more references (including their name, position and contact information).  Your cover letter should state why you are interested in the position and why you think you are a good fit for the position.  You can email this information by sending the materials as attachments (please use the .doc or .pdf format – newer .docx format is not preferred). Continue reading