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Boarding School Chef (Full Time)

Boarding School Chef (Full Time)


Located in Estes Park, Colorado, with an enrollment of up to 72 students, Eagle Rock School implements effective and engaging practices that foster each student’s unique potential and help them use their minds well. Eagle Rock School serves adolescents who are not thriving in their current situations, for whom few positive options exist, and who are interested in taking control of their lives and learning. The school serves to educate our students and to provide grounding for our professional development center work of supporting engaging, progressive education practices throughout the United States.

Job responsibilities and objectives

As a Chef you will work alongside our chef instructors under the guidance of the executive chef instructor to create delicious, nutritious meals for the students and staff within our community. Due to the “boarding school model” in which we operate, our kitchen provides 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. We serve a very diverse group of high school-age students and staff spanning many ethnicities, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations. Our mission is to make each member of the community feel safe, included, and represented within the scope of what we serve, so having experience with multiple cuisines, and an openness to continue learning is a must.

In addition to feeding the students, we incorporate them into a KP program, in which they are on a daily rotation as student chefs/kitchen assistants. Therefore, it's also part of our mission to teach them rudimentary kitchen skills, which they can take with them into the real world when they’re no longer part of the community here. Not only is your personal hygiene of the utmost importance, so attention to detail in every other facet of the kitchen. Maintaining a pristine kitchen environment from the front of the building to the back door, and all points in between is pivotal in keeping our community safe, our food healthy, and our spaces organized. Therefore, holding yourself to an incredibly high standard is important, because you will be held to a high standard here as well. Being that our campus is located in the mountains in Estes Park, CO, reliable transportation IS MANDATORY. It can get cold, snowy, and icy, so please be sure that the weather doesn’t routinely become an issue.

This position is offered through Ascend Staffing. Ascend Staffing provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ascend Staffing complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

While performing duties aligned with this position, the employee will be regularly exposed to high temperatures (from stoves, ovens, and steamers), sharp knives, dangerous equipment and chemicals (cleaning materials). There will be varying levels of noise due to students and staff communicating around outside the kitchen space. We receive orders 3 days a week and clean regularly, so being able to lift 50 lbs and bend over/ crouch from time to time is mandatory. We also have orders that must be picked up, so a valid driver’s license is required. Minor computer skills are necessary as well. As part of the Operations team, you will be expected to communicate by phone call, text, email and/or radio (radio is provided, phone is not).

Salary range


Job Type

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Shift & Schedule

This position will initially have a 5-day work week with Tuesday/Wednesday off and will also contain at least two-morning shifts (starting at 7 AM) and two evening shifts per week (ending around 8 PM). Candidate must be flexible to changing schedules to support the school and the rest of the Chef Team. The first three weeks of training shifts may vary.


Background Check (Required)

Valid Driver’s License (Required)

High School Diploma or Equivalent (Required)

Restaurant experience: 3 years (Required)

Current ServSafe managers Certification or ability to obtain within first 30 days of employment (Required)

Scratch Cooking experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Experience adhering to various dietary restrictions (Preferred)

Experience teaching or instructing youth: 1 year (Preferred)

Experience in farm-to-table, healthy, fresh, and organic cooking (Preferred)

English and Spanish Language Skills (Preferred)

Local Candidates Preferred (within 35 miles driving distance)


  • Weekly Pay

  • Direct deposit

  • Accrued sick time off

  • Use of ERS community resources (gym, pool, etc)

  • Free meals through the school kitchen (when serving)

  • Dental insurance (elective, requires payment)

  • Food provided (for you, while working)

  • Health insurance (elective, requires payment)

  • Vision insurance (elective, requires payment)

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and cover letter to the Director of Operations, Alejandro Medina (