Job Objective: A Basecamp cook is part of our Basecamp team providing food and exceptional outdoor education to summer trekkers. Cooks are tasked with a big job and work in a team to create a menu which takes into account nutrition, caloric needs, dietary restrictions, time restraints, and budget. It is a full-time, 24/7 residential position throughout the summer. Cooks should plan to find ways to involve trekkers as part of their regular routine.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Support Staff


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for CGE vehicle insurance coverage.
Experience as an educator, leader, risk manager, group cook, artist, scientist, and/or adventurer.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or ability to acquire within 30 days of hire; WFR/WEMT preferred.
More details in the link.

Required Skills:

Work as a team to design a menu and make appropriate food orders within a budget
Cook food in a commercial kitchen for 50 people on a regular basis with a few occasions of up to 150 people
Develop an organized system to inventory, store, manage leftovers, etc.
Assist in ordering/sourcing food from a variety of vendors
Educate, impart new ideas, and inspire trekkers to learn to cook
More details in the link.

Preferred Skills:

Compensation: Salary range starts at $1400/month. Room and board provided at Thoreau Basecamp throughout the summer. $200 travel stipend available if traveling more than 500 miles. Various Pro Deals available to all staff.

About Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. Our programs offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic land and cultural heritage of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore, we will take you on world-class backpacking and hiking trails, connect you with hands-on science and nature, and engage you in the art and culture of the Southwest.

Application Instructions

Please review the full job description linked below and follow applications instructions at the end of the document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wdLHblU-Qo-EEOKcWW7pIfvFSz8ptVamj2WM3Njpsfw/edit?usp=sharing