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Kitchen Assistant

Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium


Kitchen Assistant — Winter Weekends at Camp (WACs)


For 38 years, CAMPFIRE CIRCLE (formerly known as Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium) has offered healing through happiness for thousands of kids affected by childhood cancer, and families. It’s where kids can be kids, and families can be families—engaging in camp-inspired community, in-hospital, and overnight camp programs, at no cost to them. With no government or hospital funding, a caring community surrounds them to make life-changing experiences possible throughout the year, all across Ontario.


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE will be running in-person weekends at overnight camp at two sites in Ontario: in Muskoka (Rosseau) and Rainbow Lake (Waterford). These winter weekends at camp will provide kids and families affected by childhood cancer with fun, friendship and community.

Do you have experience or interest working in food services in a team-based environment? We are searching for Kitchen Assistants to join our kitchen staff at Rainbow Lake for four weekends this winter.

Weekends at camp will take place Friday-Sunday, starting February 11th, 2022 and ending March 13th, 2022, with no program running Family Day weekend. We have a variety of part-time shifts available, and the rate of pay for this role is $17/hr.

Reporting to the Food Service Manager, our Kitchen Assistants support the work being done in our kitchen and dining hall related to health and safety and food preparation and service. Additionally, they assist in implementing our recycling and compost program, and get the opportunity to assist with kitchen-based camper programs like theme meals and group baking. The full accountabilities of the role are as follows:

Health & Safety:
• report to the Food Service Manager any problems with equipment, risks, issues, or challenges in the kitchen
• follow all regulations from the health & safety act, the Ontario Camping Association and CAPOC
• ensure appropriate records and logs are being completed (i.e. refrigeration temperatures)
• follow a kitchen checklist procedure for opening and closing the kitchen are your kitchen area
• be knowledgeable in all equipment, food handling preparation and sanitation to the extent of your training
• report on any incidents and disclosures with the Food Service Manager
• report any problems with equipment, risks, issues or challenges in the kitchen
• understand and implement allergy control procedures when necessary (i.e. Nut allergies) and maintain a nut aware facility
• ensure all areas and tasks are safe at all times.

Food Preparation & Service:
• work with staff in theme meals
• assist staff with food related programs (i.e. cookie baking programs)
• responsible for the preparing, serving and cleaning up after each meal service
• assist with the packing and unpacking of camp programs such as out tripping, free for all’s, theme meals etc. while following all appropriate food handling and sanitation techniques
• ensure that food is utilized effectively and efficiently (minimizing food wastage while maintaining appropriate food demand)
• ensure that all food storage and disposal is done according to proper policy and procedure (according to Campfire Circle, Health & Safety, OCA and CAPOC standards). This includes the disposal of kitchen and Dining Hall garbage, recycling and compost.

Other Duties:
• implementation of recycling and compost program
• keeping track and care of kitchen equipment (i.e. loaning and returning of kitchen products to program staff).

Medical & Confidentiality:
• maintain confidentiality at all times (i.e. dietary needs, medical information and allergies of campers, staff, volunteers etc.).

Staff and Volunteer Working Environment:
• develop and maintain working relationships with each staff, Intern and volunteer to contribute to a healthy, productive and positive working environment inside and out of the kitchen
• communicate appropriately with staff, senior staff and directors to help prevent any problems amongst the staff
• ensure a safe and respectful environment for everyone is being maintained
• help to create and maintain a physically and emotionally safe work environment for kitchen staff and volunteers
• help to create and maintain appropriate working relationships with co-workers, staff and volunteers.


In order to be a successful part of our outstanding staff team, you’ll be passionate about playing a key role in helping to support the food service program at our Rainbow Lake site in Waterford. It’s important that our kitchen staff are able to work collaboratively and positively with others, are able to maintain confidentiality of food-related medical information (ie. Dietary needs or allergies), and enjoy helping to create a safe space where everyone belongs.

In accordance with our mandate of creating a caring and safe environment for ill children and their families, we require attestation of childhood vaccinations, updated Police Record with Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all of our staff. We also require that all staff be currently eligible to work in Canada.

These positions have the option to live at the Rainbow Lake site during shifts, or commute to and from the site daily for shifts.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by email at Please indicate in the subject line the title of the role you are applying for.


CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those with authorization to work in Canada.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Contact information for our HR Team is located on our website at, and more information about our accessibility commitments can be found at

CAMPFIRE CIRCLE is grateful for Indigenous communities’ stewardship of the land that we occupy- the traditional territory of many nations such as the Mississauga’s of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We aspire to be deserving stewards of the land, in partnership with them.

We also acknowledge all Treaty peoples – including those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly forcibly dis-planted Africans, brought here as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.



December 13, 2021

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