Job Objective: The Road Cook is the member of the group staff team who designs, purchases, cooks and adheres to the food budget for their designated Expedition. Road cooks are tasked with a big job and work with the staff team to create a menu which takes into account nutrition, caloric needs of trekkers, dietary restrictions, time restraints, and logistical realities of backcountry cooking. They accompany a group on their travels around the Southwest. It is a full-time, 24/7 residential position throughout the summer. All road cooks should plan to find ways to involve trekkers as part of their regular routine.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service


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.
Strong organizational skills; experience with Google Drive preferred.
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Required Skills:

Educate, impart new ideas, and inspire trekkers to learn to cook
Design an expedition menu during staff training; follow all CGE food safety guidelines and specifications
Collaborate with Basecamp cooks and Leadership Staff to make appropriate food orders
Manage a food budget in collaboration with the Group Leader
Cook food for groups of 10-20 people in an outdoor kitchen with a camp stove
Coordinate to find appropriate times to resupply for fresh food
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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

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