2022 Camp Caldera Kitchen Assistant

Caldera Arts

Sisters, OR, USA Remote


US$81+ (daily)

Culinary Arts, Restaurant and Food Services / Sustainable concentration for routine activities

Feb 17

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At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera Arts is a catalyst for the transformation of youth from underserved communities through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring and a summer camp experience that nurtures individual creativity, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Caldera weaves the arts, nature, and personal expression into powerful work that ignites self-expression and allows young people to be creative change agents in their lives and communities.

Position Title: Kitchen Assistant

Supervisor: Head Chef & Camp Manager


  • Salary/Rate of Pay: $81/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
  • Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

  • Arrive between 9:00 am-10:00 am July 7 to prep for Staff Training July 8-10
  • Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 12* for the Immersion 1 session July 13-22
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 24* for the Immersion 2 session July 25-Aug 2
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 4* for the Discovery 1 session Aug 5-12
  • Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 14* for the Discovery 2 session Aug 15-22

*Indicates Half day compensation

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling (must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

  • Immersion 1: July 12-22                                Working with 11th-12th graders
  • Immersion 2: July 24 - August 2  Working with 9th-10th graders
  • Discovery 1: August 4-12  Working with 6th-8th graders
  • DIscovery 2: August 14-22  Working with 6th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:00-7:50 Breakfast Prep

8:00-8:30 Serve Breakfast

8:30-9:00 Breakfast Cleanup

9:00-10:00 Break

10:00-12:20 Snack & Lunch Prep

12:30-1:20 Serve Lunch

1:20-2:00 Lunch Cleanup

2:00-7:30 Off

7:45-8:45 Optional Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Optional Campfire

OR (each day may rotate)

8:00-10:30 Off

11:30-12:20 Snack & Lunch Prep

12:30-1:20 Serve Lunch

1:20-2:00 Lunch Cleanup

2:00-3:00 Break

3:00-6:00 Snack & Dinner Prep

6:30-7:30 Dinner

7:45-8:45 Optional Evening Activity

8:45-9:45 Optional Campfire

Equity & Inclusion

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

Position overview:

At Caldera, the kitchen staff is a very important part of the community and is welcome to participate in daily program activities when kitchen duties are complete. Head Chef, Sous Chef, and five Kitchen Assistants maintain Caldera’s kitchen and prepare meals that are healthy, delicious, and appealing to both youth and adults (roughly 100-120 per session).

Kitchen Assistants are responsible for meal preparation and maintaining a friendly, sanitary kitchen and dining space. This position begins before youth and staff arrive.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a clean, healthy work environment
  • As directed by Head Chef, prepare meals, providing abundance on a tight budget
  • Follow serving guidelines while being sensitive to youth who may be familiar with the concept of scarcity and feelings of hunger
  • Assist with set up and take down of kitchens
  • Follow meal schedule determined by Head Chef and Camp Manager
  • Complete assigned, shared dishwashing and cleaning duties
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
  • Model appropriate camper behavior at all times
  • Perform duties with consistency and integrity
  • Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
  • Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
  • Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session


  • Ability to abide by Caldera COVID-19 and other safety protocols
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination
  • Current Oregon Food Handler’s Permit required (please attach)
  • Prior experience in food service, nutrition and/or youth programming is desirable
  • Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell and internet service and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions:

  • Requires on-site living in shared staff quarters.
  • A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.
  • Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on campus, even in personal living quarters.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
  • Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
  • Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
  • Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
  • Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
  • Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 30% Walking, 25% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.
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Caldera Arts

Caldera’s mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of youth through innovative year-round arts and environmental programs.