Cooks work with a small team of co-workers to provide healthy and delicious kid-friendly meals for a summer adventure-based youth development program for DC youth. Responsibilities described below.

Dates: June-August 2021

Work in a team of 3 cooks to prepare daily meals for an average of 60 people per meal, up to 3 meals per day. Responsible for meeting food-safe preparation and cooking requirements. Cooks are responsible to share in menu planning responsibilities to design healthy kid-friendly meals. Assist with backcountry meal prep & packing. Stock fridges with leftovers and meals for staff.

Responsible for daily kitchen cleaning and maintenance, including dishwashing. Meet health department standards and ensure the kitchen is prepared for routine health inspections. Participate in weekly inventorying and maintain organized food storage systems. Laundry as needed.

Host cooking events for campers, including special events like Iron Chef. In addition to cooking, Cooks take a minimum of 1 shift per week assisting or leading camp activities, including leading games, overnight cabin supervision, day outdoor trips, and substituting for counselors who need a short break.

City Kids is a residential program and all roles may be asked to assist with other camp needs, including supporting emergency response or facility needs.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service


To learn more about the position qualifications please read the position description on the website.

About City Kids Wilderness Project

City Kids Wilderness Project is a nonprofit organization founded (1996) on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for under-resourced youth can enhance their lives, the lives of their families, and the greater community. We strive to provide extraordinary wilderness and community-based experiences that will inspire worthy young people of Washington, DC to dream, see beyond their current circumstances, and ultimately succeed in building a healthy, happy, and productive life. Our goals include that our youth graduate from high school or earn their GED, that they enroll in a postsecondary education program or obtain a job, and that they are involved and connected members of their community. Programs take place throughout the year in and around Washington, D.C. and during the summer at our ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Youth enroll as sixth graders and continue their engagement with City Kids through middle school, high school and beyond.

Application Instructions

To apply please visit www.citykidsdc.org and navigate to the open positions page. Click on the position description to learn more and find the link to the application. Email [email protected] with questions.