The Boarding House Manager, plays an instrumental role in maintaining the nourishing, educational, and communal environment that is central to life at Deep Springs College. They run our brand-new, 6000 sq. ft. Boarding House (a kitchen and dining facility completed in May 2023), oversee the provision of three healthy meals a day to our community, and source produce, meat, eggs, and milk from our college’s own farm, garden, and ranch as well as other outside sources.

Using our restaurant-quality kitchen, the Boarding House Manager prepares lunch on weekdays and coordinates with 2 Student Cooks to provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends. The Boarding House Manager also oversees a 3-4 person student crew responsible for dishes and the daily upkeep of the boarding house.

Working in this role, the Boarding House Manager engages with our student body, promoting an atmosphere of learning, growth, and mutual respect. They act as a supervisor, teacher, and mentor who guides students in the culinary arts and fosters a deeper appreciation for sustainable farming practices. They carry out the following responsibilities, with the help of student labor.

Key Responsibilities
Creative Culinary Leadership and Education: Envision, create, and execute nutritious meals incorporating ingredients sourced from our college’s integrated cattle ranch which includes our 2-acre organic garden, large orchard, laying hens, meat hens, and pigs.

Restore the traditional Deep Springs Butcher Program: In conjunction with the Student Labor Commissioner and the Ranch Manager, restore the traditional Deep Springs Butcher program (beef, chicken, and pork) in our new food processing facility.

Farm-to-Table Cuisine: Embrace a farm-to-table ethos, working closely with our Garden, Ranch, and Farm Managers to utilize our seasonal bounty of produce, eggs, meat, and milk.

Boarding House Operations: Ensure the smooth operation of our dining facility, including adherence to health and safety standards, maintenance, delivery and sourcing of additional ingredients, budget management, and facilitation of special college events.

The Boarding House Manager, like all staff positions at Deep Springs College, may be required to spend some of their working time joining on a governance committee for the college, e.g. the applications committee. They may also have the opportunity, should they so choose, to offer an independent study or small class for students on culinary skills beyond the regular supervision and instruction of students.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service


Demonstrated leadership in a kitchen or dining service environment.
Experience and passion for farm-to-table cuisine.
An excellent demeanor to train, manage, collaborate, and inspire students in the culinary arts.
Excellent time-management skills and flexibility with working hours.
Knowledge of budget management and inventory control.
Familiarity with commercial health and safety regulations in a dining service context.
Excitement for living in and cooking for a small, close-knit community.

Required Skills:

The salary range for the Boarding House Manager is $65,000 - 80,000, though we are open to negotiating compensation commensurate with exceptional experience.

We are open to candidates early in their career with the potential to fully grow into this role as well as experienced professionals ready to quickly master every element of this position. This position is accompanied by a robust benefits package: health, housing, food, and above average retirement, PD, and

Preferred Skills:

See Full Position Description Here: https://www.deepsprings.edu/employment/staff-job-openings/

About Deep Springs College

Deep Springs College is a private, nonsectarian, fully accredited two-year college program for academically-gifted young people, located on a small cattle-and- alfalfa ranch in a beautiful, remote area of the White Mountains on the California-Nevada border. After completing Deep Springs’ two-year program, most students transfer to four-year institutions such as Chicago, Columbia, Brown, and Stanford.

The program combines rigorous academic coursework with 20-25 hours of physical labor each week. Students milk cows, wash dishes, assist in the office, cook, clean, make hay, and tend to cattle, horses and gardens.

All members of the Deep Springs community—the students, faculty, staff, president, and resident families—live on-site and take part in fostering and developing community life, at the same time respecting each others' need for privacy. Room and board is provided for all employees as part of a robust benefits package.

Deep Springs is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume and a letter stating your interest and qualifications to [email protected].