Job Posting

Head Cook

Position Title: Head Cook  

Reports To: Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors/ Facilities Manager 

Contract length: June 19th – August 13th (8 weeks) 

Salary:  $8,800.00-$11,000.00/ 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 Head Cook is a member of the food services team who is responsible for managing and supporting the day-to-day operations of the Christie Lake Kids Camp food services. The Head Cook will work under the direction of the Camp Director, Assistant Camp Directors and/or Facilities Manager.  


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 12th 

*Possibility of an additional contract between August 16th– August 25th. Details will be provided during the interview process. 


The Head Cook lives onsite for the duration of their contract (excluding offsite breaks) and will be expected to work 8-10 hours per day. The Head Cook will work in collaboration with the Assistant Head Cook to oversee all food services tasks including menu planning, food ordering and meal service. The Head Cook is responsible for assigning and managing all kitchen staff schedules (including time off, sick leave etc.) for the duration of the camp season. The Assistant Head Cook will manage the schedule in their absence. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Including but not limited to: 

  • In collaboration with Camp Management, plan a 10-day menu for a camp of 125+ campers/staff based on budget 
  • Order/purchase and maintain inventory for all food items/ingredients for service based on menu and budget 
  • Liaise with food supplier representatives as necessary 
  • Manage all meal services throughout the camp season 
  • Ensure all meals meet or surpass dietary nutritional requirements 
  • Train, manage and supervise a team of five kitchen staff including an Assistant Head Cook, Cooks and Kitchen aid/Dishwashers 
  • Assign tasks and rotating responsibilities, track hours, complete staff evaluations in collaboration with the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors  
  • The Assistant Head Cook will take on the management and supervision responsibilities in the absence of 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 provided for appropriately 
  • Manage all food deliveries 
  • Work evenings and weekends as required based on session dates and schedule 
  • Maintain a professional and tidy personal appearance 
  • Follow food safety handler’s regulations 
  • Manage all dishwashing responsibilities  
  • Manage the stocking of serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators and other assigned areas with necessary items 
  • Manage the safe storage and labelling of food as well of the disposal of food when necessary 
  • Manage all cleaning tasks related to the kitchen, i.e., sweeping/mopping the kitchen area, sanitizing surfaces, taking out garbage/recycling/compost etc. 
  • Manage all laundering of kitchen rags and uniforms  
  • Complete a full inventory of the kitchen 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 intersectional inclusion, diversity equity and accessibility 
  • 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/Facilities Manager 
  • 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 managing a kitchen 
  • Previous supervisor experience 
  • Previous experience with menu planning and bulk food ordering 
  • 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 
  • 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: 
  • 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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