Position Available: Assistant Cook

This is a full-time, 3-month position offered by Yasodhara Ashram, a well-established retreat centre, with guests coming from around the world.

This position would be staffed by an experienced and creative whole foods-oriented professional to assist the Ashram’s Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager by cooking buffet-style lunches and suppers that are simple, nutritionally balanced, tasty, and seasonally responsive. During these months we typically cook for 40 – 65 people a day.

Yasodhara Ashram is a residential spiritual community.

Hours: 40 hours per week
Start Date: January 2, 2018
End Date: April 2, 2018
Reporting to: Kitchen Manager
Rate of pay: $16/hour

Professional Qualities
The position requires cooking in a nutritionally aware, mostly vegetarian style and planning meals in a balanced approach. The position requires ability to organize and operate a community kitchen based on harmony, open communication and team-work.

The Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager will support you in this role.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Assistant Cook is responsible for assisting the Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager in all aspects of the kitchen, from menu planning and ordering to cooking and serving buffet-style lunches and dinners

Key Skills & Qualifications
Physical Stamina, attention to detail, time management, excellent sense of taste and smell, good communication, enthusiasm and reliability.

Preferred 3 – 5 years of professional experience cooking for a variety of menus including vegetarian, vegan and special diets; Chicken and Fish are also occasionally served. Experience in cooking large quantities of buffet-style food at retreat centres or camps;

Food Safe Level 1 is required.


To apply please submit your resume and cover letter in a pdf format to hr@yasodhara.org. Please include a description of why you would like to work and potentially live at Yasodhara Ashram. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. We will receive applications until December 20, 2017.


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