Job Posting

Head Cook

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp

COVID-19 and Summer Camp 2021: Sometimes the best laid out plans get thrown out the window and we have to shift gears and pivot to back-up plans very quickly. We don’t think that this is a new idea, but it was quickly solidified by the pandemic we experienced in 2020. As we make plans and hire staff for camp in 2021 we recognize that COVID-19 is still having an impact on our world and may impact our programs and staff team going forward. The plans we are laying out for summer 2021 includes a back-up plan that allows us the flexibility that is needed to maintain the ability to run camps and hire staff. Our goal is to recruit and hire in such a way that we are able to follow through on our commitments that we have made to the individuals that will make up our staff team in 2021. If you have other specific questions about summer camp and our hiring practices for 2021, please feel free to contact our Program Director, Chris Pot, at

Requirements for all Staff

  • Motivated to make a difference and have a positive impact on our society and community.
  • Has a genuine love for, and interest in, working with children, including those who have emotional, physical, behavioural, or developmental special needs, in an inclusive summer camp program.
  • Has knowledge of the Christian faith and is willing to work supportively in a faith-based setting.
  • Is able to find a healthy balance between following directions and taking initiative to see what needs to be done and do it.
  • Is able to find a healthy balance between working hard to accomplish what needs to be done, achieve personal goals, motivate others to have fun while having fun yourself and contribute to meeting the mission of Hidden Acres.
  • Demonstrates flexibility, an ability to change tasks or directions with ease, and is willing to assist cooperatively in a variety of tasks and programs as time allows.
  • Displays patience, a commitment to working well with others, and the ability to solve sometimes complex problems. This is all done while maintaining a positive attitude towards others and assigned tasks.
  • First Aid, CPR and/or lifeguarding qualifications (Bronze Cross or higher) are an asset, but not required.
  • Is able to participate in our two Staff Orientation events: a weekend in May and a week at the end of June.

Requirements for the Head Cook

  • Certification from a food-safety course, or a willingness to be certified, is required before the beginning of school groups and camp.
  • Is able to take full responsibility for the overall planning (includes ordering/purchasing the food), preparation and serving of well-balanced, nutritional meals for up to 140 people as well as any necessary clean up. The use of fresh, local food is encouraged.
  • Is able to effectively manage and supervise the kitchen staff including teaching/training, supporting, encouraging and ensuring task completion.
  • Is able to organize and effectively lead cabin groups in dishwashing, cookie baking, etc., with creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Previous experience cooking for large groups is a significant asset. Previous camp experience is also helpful.


  • Prior to school groups and camp starting, read reports from past Head Cooks, plan nutritionally balanced meals and snacks based on the Canada Food Guide, clean and organize food services storage and work areas and order necessary supplies.
  • During camp, implement the weekly menu including the purchasing and/or ordering of all food needed as well as the preparation, serving and clean up of each meal and snack.
  • Maintain satisfactory Public Health standards in the kitchen, dining and food storage areas.
  • Responsible for coordinating and supervising the kitchen staff.
  • Responsible for the cleaning and care of kitchen equipment.
  • Follow the budget and keep records of food expenditures.
  • Submit a written report, due within two weeks of camping ending that includes a description of your area of responsibility, an evaluation of the summer, a final inventory of supplies and recommendations for the next year.
  • The Head Cook is responsible to the Program Director.

Note: A completed Hidden Acres Staff application and a current police records check for the vulnerable sector are required before starting any Hidden Acres’ staff position.

The mission of Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre is to provide a welcoming, peaceful gathering place where diverse groups of people experience life-giving connections with God, one another, and nature. We strive to live out our mission statement in our hiring practices, welcoming and encouraging applications from diverse groups.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please let us know how we can help you in the application and hiring process.

To apply, click HERE.



April 16, 2021

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