Camp Cook/Cleaner


Fireweed Camps is seeking experienced Cooks for the position of Camp Cook/Cleaner for employment in the Haines Junction area commencing Oct 1, 2019. Competitive wages based upon level of experience. Room and board is provided free of charge while in camp.

Responsibilities include:

Preparing and serving three (3) meals daily (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for an average of 3 to 5 persons. Preparing a lunch table for packed lunches. Baking cookies, squares, cakes, pies, etc for dessert, coffee breaks, and packed lunches. Maintaining the dining room and kitchen in a clean and sanitary condition. Maintaining the staff quarters complex in a clean and sanitary condition. Ordering and maintaining sufficient food stock to meet operational requirements of the camp.

Successful applicants must posses the following skills, competencies, and certifications:

Minimum (2) two years cooking experience in camp settings. Baking experience. A valid Foodsafe Level 1 or recognized equivalent certification. A certification in cook’s training recognized by the Yukon Department of Education (certificate in culinary arts, red seal, etc) Be customer-focused by providing tasty and nutritious meals in a positive and friendly manner while keeping the kitchen, dining room, and staff quarters complex in a clean and sanitary condition at all times. Ability to work independently in a remote camp setting. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent communication skills. Have a valid driver’s licence and the ability to get oneself to and from camp.

Job Description

The job is for a permanent position working at Blanchard Camp at Km 145.1 on Haines Rd Yukon. It is a small camp of average 1-4 persons, with a cap of never more than 30 people. When occupancy exceeds 9 people, we also send in a Cook’s Helper. The rotation in the past has been 10 days in, 10 days out. The job pays a daily salary of $275. The job is about 10 hours per day. The successful candidate should be prepared to spend most of his/her time alone, and needs to be fine with that.

The cooking duties include providing a hot home-cooked breakfast and dinner, and laying out the makings for a bagged lunch in the morning.

A typical day looks like this: 
 4:30am get up, turn on oven
 5-6am get breakfast & lunch items ready
 6-7am serve breakfast/prep dinner
 7-8am kitchen clean-up
 8am-noon housekeeping of all rooms, do check outs, laundry, cleaning list
 Noon-3:30pm BREAK 
3:30-5:30pm prep next day’s breakfast & lunch, get dinner ready to serve
 5:30-6:30pm serve dinner (serve yourself last)
 7pm have everything cleaned up in kitchen

The successful candidate must understand that the housekeeping duties need to be just as thoroughly respected and completed as the cooking duties. One shouldn’t be afraid to clean toilets, or think that housekeeping is beneath them. The rooms are managed the same way as a hotel would be, with stays (tidying up beds, washrooms and emptying garbage & ashtrays with daily dusting or vacuuming as needed) and check-outs (that involve stripping beds, doing laundry and completely re-making the room up to vacant standard).

As the cook, an understanding of internet, Excel and Word are needed for placing orders, menu planning, etc. There is a daily amount of paperwork/stats to keep up with, showing numbers of people in camp, meal numbers and duties tackled. Cleaning of kitchen & equipment (ovens, deep fryer, overhead fans etc), daily, weekly and monthly duties. Baking is a huge asset, cost & waste control a necessity.