Kitchen Manager/Head Cook - Hurricane Island Foundation


Job Description

HICSL is seeking an experienced Kitchen Manager/Head Cook for the 2019 on-island program season from April 15 through October 15. This person lives and works on Hurricane Island and is in charge of both the organization and management of the campus’ kitchen. The Kitchen Manager/Head Cook requires working cohesively with the kitchen and program staff to prepare and serve 3 meals a day for an island community of 40-60 people, as well as periodic special events such as Farm to Table dinners and Board/Donor events. This person must reflect HICSL’s core mission of leadership and sustainability, through the oversight of food service, kitchen operations, thoughtful food purchasing, meal and event preparation, and waste management (trash, compost, recycling etc.) The Kitchen Manager/Head Cook will work closely with the HICSL Operations Director and Program Manager to ensure health and safety standards are met.

Apply by: March 5 2019


Camp/Organization: Hurricane Island Foundation

Location: Hurricane Island/Penobscot Bay, Rockland, ME

Type of Position: Kitchen Staff

Time Frame: Seasonal

Salary: Based on Experience + FULL Room and Board



  • Experience in large-scale/commercial food preparation and kitchen management.
  • General knowledge of commercial kitchens and required operations. 
  • Extensive cooking experience.
  • Serve Safe Certification 
  • Experience in supervision, management, and development of other staff.
  • Hard working, strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently as a positive group member.
  • Extremely organized and attention to detail. 
  • Knowledge of or interest in sustainable food practices and systems.
  • Self-reliant, motivated and an ability to function under limited supervision.
  • Works well on a team as both a leader and approachable coworker.
  • Experience and competency in managing a budget.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull or push objects or materials that often exceed 50 lbs. 
  • Must be able to work in a noisy, energetic work environment. 


  • Teaching experience. 
  • Knowledge and experience with farms, gardens, composting.
  • Experience living in remote places and/or in a community work environment.
  • WFR or similar certifications.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain an open and welcoming environment in the kitchen that is in-line with HICSL’s core values and that supports a diverse educational learning community. 
  • Work with HICSL Operations Director and Program Manager to manage a rotating weekly schedule with other kitchen staff to ensure that the kitchen is adequately staffed at all times.
  • Oversee menu planning for all programs to ensure that all dietary needs and food allergies are addressed, as well as attention to variety, nutrition, and food group balance. 
  • Manage all food purchasing and ordering, including organizing the logistics of food provisioning and deliveries to the island, with support from the HICSL Operations Director and Program Manager. 
  • Responsible for oversight of the food program budget, with support from HICSL Director and Program Manager. 
  • Oversee kitchen cleanliness, food storage, and overall organization of the kitchen, including washing dishes. 
  • Ensure Maine Food Code, health and sanitation regulations are being followed and enforced. 
  • Serve on the Operations Team acting as the liaison between the kitchen and the rest of the campus. 
  • Create both structured and spontaneous opportunities to teach about food systems, production, and nutrition. 
  • Work with the Facilities Manager to keep equipment running properly and make improvements when possible. 
  • ServeSafe certification. 
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve any issues that arise regarding food preparation and service. 
  • Participate as a full member of HICSL's island- and land- based professional community including: Following and enforcing campus policies and community expectations. Participating in community tasks including daily and weekly chores. 
  • Performing other duties relating to the organization’s goals and mission as required.

Additional Information

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is a transformative learning community on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Our mission is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community. Through experiential education programs and research opportunities in STEM disciplines we aim to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation.


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Julie Slade

PO Box 1280
Rockland, Maine 04841