Job Posting

Lead Cook

Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium


Lead Cooks — 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 Lead Cooks 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 $20/hr.

Reporting to the Food Service Manager, our Lead Cooks are responsible for assisting and providing leadership in the coordination of the kitchen, dining hall, kitchen assistants and volunteers and will provide support in the following key areas:

Health & Safety:
• be knowledgeable and up to date in all equipment usage, food handling preparation and sanitation and follow all food serving guidelines
• report to the Food Service Manager any problems with equipment, risks, issues, or challenges in the kitchen
• ensure that regulations are followed from the health & safety act, the Ontario Camping Association and CAPOC
• follow specific dietary requirements for campers and staff (i.e. low cholesterol diets)
• ensure appropriate records and logs are being completed (i.e. refrigeration temperatures)
• follow a kitchen checklist procedure for opening and closing kitchen
• be knowledgeable in all equipment, food handling preparation and sanitation
• report and follow up 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:
• follow the menu plan as designed for the program
• responsible for the organizing, preparing, serving and cleaning up after each meal service
• be flexible to the special dietary requests that may occur last minute
• allow for the Kitchen’s cooperation in special meals, themes and other special programs for camp and rentals when necessary and/or able
• assist with the coordination, preparation, 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 all special diets within Campfire Circle’s means are adhered to and in conjunction with the Director and Healthcare team
• 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
• assist staff with food related programs (i.e. cookie baking free for all’s).

Staff Supervision & Development:
• supervise kitchen staff (Cooks, Kitchen Assistants & volunteers)
• report and follow up on any incidents and disclosures with the Food Service Manager
• create and maintain a physically and emotionally safe work environment for kitchen staff and volunteers
• create and maintain appropriate working relationships with co-workers, staff and volunteers
• maintain a safe and reasonable workload for kitchen staff
• ensure all kitchen staff are adhering to their job descriptions
• ensure all areas and tasks are safe at all times
• ensure camper & staff rules are understood and enforced
• assign responsibilities to staff for the day
• ensure staff have appropriate equipment to complete their jobs efficiently, effectively and safely
• ensuring that lines of communications are accessible, open and positive
• help ensure volunteers are oriented to the facility
• be an approachable and available resource for staff and volunteers
• identify staff issues as they arise and alert Food Service Manager of recurring or unresolved issues; be a sounding board and act as a role model within the staff community and around campers
• bring to the attention of the Food Service Manager any concerns regarding or on behalf of campers and staff.

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


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. We are looking for staff who have experience working in a kitchen, are able to maintain confidentiality of food-related medical information (ie. Dietary needs or allergies), are experienced in supervising and developing others, and who easily build and maintain positive and respectful working relationships. Great communication skills and leadership experience are essential in this role.

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.

To view the experience and/or qualifications required for each role, as well as the full job descriptions, please visit

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