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Assistant Head Cook

Position Title: Assistant Head Cook 

Reports To: Camp Director/Assistant Camp Director/Head Cook/Facilities Manager 

Contract length: June 25th – August 13th (7  weeks) 

Salary:  $6,300.00-$7,700/ contract 

Location: Christie Lake Kids Camp – Westport, ON 

Organizational Background  

Christie Lake Kids (CLK) is a charitable organization that has been serving children and youth living in low income households in the Ottawa area since 1922. CLK provides year round services to children and youth through an excellent camp experience and strategically located city recreational opportunities through the STAR (Skills Through Arts and Recreation) program. Our mandate is to provide high quality recreation opportunities that help children and youth build the skills necessary for developing long-term resiliency.  

Christie Lake Kids is an organization committed to reflecting the communities we serve, and we are deeply committed to equity in employment opportunities. Part of our commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce means that we encourage and will prioritize applications from those who have been equity-denied, including Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized people, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+, etc. 

Job Summary 

Christie Lake Kids provides high quality nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to all children and youth who participate in our programs. The Christie Lake Kids Camp food services team will be tasked with managing this responsibility while adhering to safety standards and providing options to accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions. 

The Assistant Head Cook is a member of the food services team who is responsible for leading and/or supporting the day-to-day operations of the Christie Lake Kids Camp food services. In collaboration with the Head Cook, they will be responsible for the management, preparation and service of all food services. The Assistant Head Cook will work under the direction of the Head Cook and the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors.  

Camp Dates 

  • Pre-camp training:  June 25th-July 1st 
  • Session 1: July 2nd – July 12th  
  • Break: July 12th– July 16th (offsite) 
  • Session 2: July 17th – July 27th  
  • Break: July 27th– July 31st (offsite) 
  • Session 3: August 1st– August 11th  
  • Post-camp wrap up: August 11th – August 13th  

*Possibility of an additional contract between August 16th– August 24th. Details will be provided during the interview process. 


The Assistant Head Cook lives onsite for the duration of their contract (excluding offsite breaks) and will be expected to work 8-10 hours per day. Scheduled shifts will be on a rotational basis and will be assigned in advance by the Head Cook. The Assistant Head Cook will be responsible for managing the schedule (including time off, sick leave etc.) in the absence of the Head Cook. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Including but not limited to: 

  • Assist with the management, preparation and family style service of all meals/snacks for 125+ campers/staff throughout the camp season 
  • Manage and supervise all kitchen staff (4) in the absence of the Head Cook 
  • Assist with ordering/purchasing and maintaining inventory for food and dry good items for service as required 
  • Ensure all meals meet or surpass dietary nutritional requirements 
  • In collaboration with the Head Cook, train and manage a team of four kitchen staff including Cooks and Kitchen aid/Dishwashers 
  • Assign tasks and rotating responsibilities, track hours, complete staff evaluations in collaboration with the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors  
  • In collaboration with the Head Cook, manage the preparation and service of all camp meals 
  • In collaboration with camp staff, ensure any special dietary requirements of campers/staff are known and accommodated for appropriately 
  • Support with food deliveries as required 
  • Assist with the management and scheduling of all kitchen staff as required 
  • Work evenings and weekends as required based on a schedule 
  • Maintain a professional and tidy personal appearance 
  • Follow food safety handler’s regulations 
  • Support with dishwashing responsibilities as required 
  • Assist with the stocking of serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators and other assigned areas with necessary items as required 
  • Support with the safe storage and labelling of food as well of the disposal of food when necessary 
  • Support with all cleaning tasks related to the kitchen, i.e., sweeping/mopping the kitchen area, sanitizing surfaces, taking out garbage/recycling/compost etc. 
  • Support with the laundering of kitchen rags and uniforms  
  • In collaboration with the Head Cook , complete a full inventory of the kitchen equipment at the end of the summer season 
  • Carry out any other responsibilities as designated by the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors 


  • Maintain a friendly and welcoming environment for all 
  • Work in a manner that encourages risk management 
  • Incorporate and strengthen collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork 
  • Maintain professional working relationships with all team members  
  • Professionally attend to all assignments and supervisory duties 
  • Respect and value the diversity of individuals 
  • Contribute to the organization’s work by participating in meetings as necessary 
  • Participate in end of summer wrap-up tasks as designated by the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors 
  • Maintain a clean and hygienic personal cabin environment 
  • Fill in or support in other areas in the event that a team member is pulled away or sick 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Previous experience in the food service industry 
  • Previous supervisor experience 
  • Experience planning and preparing meals for individuals with dietary restrictions and/or food allergies including but not limited to: 
  • Celiac disease/Gluten intolerance 
  • Dairy Allergy 
  • Lactose Intolerance 
  • Vegetarian 
  • Vegan 
  • Halal 
  • Food Safe Handler Certification 
  • A clear Police Record Check  
  • Strong leadership, communication and organizational skills 
  • Be of excellent character, modeling honesty, integrity and respect 
  • Possess enthusiasm, energy, patience and a sense of humour 
  • Desire to work within a kitchen environment in a dynamic recreational setting 


  • Experience working in camp/overnight camp setting 
  • Experience working in a childcare/education setting 
  • Previous experience with menu planning and bulk food ordering 
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C 
  • Valid ‘G’ driver’s license 
  • Access to a vehicle 

Physical Requirements 

The ideal candidate must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation 

Due to the nature of summer camp, candidates must be able to: 

  • Occasionally transport supplies/equipment up to 40 lbs 
  • Prolonged standing  
  • Fast paced/warm environment 

What we provide 

  • Meals and accommodation during training, camp sessions and wrap up 
  • Time off (offsite): 
  • July 12th (after breakfast) – July 16th 
  • July 27th (after breakfast) – July 31st  
  • Transportation from Ottawa to our camp property at designated times 
  • Professional references, upon successful completion of summer contracts 
  • A unique opportunity to live and work in an outdoor setting and enjoy the amenities including canoeing, swimming, rock wall climbing, mountain biking and much more 

How to apply 

Interested candidates are invited to apply via our application portal linked here. Positions will remain posted until filled, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The hiring team can be reached at with any questions about the process and/or positions.  

Interviews for this position are expected to begin as of February 19th. Please note that applicants may be contacted for interviews prior to this date. Applications will continue to be considered until positions are filled. 

*No alcohol or substances are permitted onsite. Please inquire about the Christie Lake Kids Camp smoking policy if applicable (19+). 




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