YMCA Camp Cherokee

Job Title: Kitchen Manager
Classification: Nonexempt, Seasonal
Reports to: Resident Camp Director

Our Culture:

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. At the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming; we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine; we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful; we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing; we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined; above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community strong beginning with you.

Position Purpose:

The Kitchen Manager directs the overall food-service operation of the YMCA Camp Cherokee’s Resident Summer Camp program including purchasing, keeping inventory, food preparation, nutrition, service, sanitation, personnel management, and customer service.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Manage the daily operations of the camp food and dining service including coordinating activities between the kitchen and dining room.

• Oversee the planning and preparation of nutritionally balanced camp meals.
• Ensure the service of camp meals through directing the work of other employees.
• Ensure safe and efficient preparation and serving of camp meals.
• Coordinate menu planning for each week of camp.
• Plan meals for campers with special diets and/or food allergies and include these ingredients in the ordering of supplies.

2. Oversee the inventory and ordering of food, equipment, and supplies for the kitchen. Oversee sanitation, and upkeep of the camp kitchen, its equipment, and facilities. Arrange with the Camp Director for routine maintenance.

• Maintain inventory of food and household supplies.
• Order food and kitchen supplies consistent with menus and enrollment counts.
• Maintain high standards of cleanliness, sanitation, and safety.
• Maintain South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and American Camp Association standards.
• Clean and maintain all food-service areas, including kitchen and storage areas.
• Inspect equipment and ensure equipment is repaired as necessary.
• Promote practices that seek to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle as much as possible.

3. Manage all administrative and human-resource functions with regard to kitchen and employees.

• Monitor employee performance and training.
• Assist with interviewing and hiring of cooks and all kitchen staff.
• Plan, coordinate, schedule, and supervise the work of other food service staff.
• Plan camp meals accordingly with the resident summer camp program.


$1,000 – $1,200/ week
Free YMCA Membership
Additional Employment Opportunities

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Cooks and Food Service



• Desire to work in the food service area.
• Knowledge of correct food preparation, serving and storage.
• Understanding of different food allergies and special diets (gluten free, dairy free, etc.).
• Serv Safe Certification
• CPR/ First-Aid Certified

Required Skills:

Physical Aspects of the Job:

• Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds including unloading food, carry trays of dishes, lifting supplies and equipment as needed.
• Visual ability to identify and respond to environmental hazards.
• Physical ability to operate kitchen equipment according to safe recommended methods.
• Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing for long periods of time (60 minutes or more).
• Determine cleanliness of dishes, food surfaces, and kitchen area.
• Ability to adapt

About YMCA Camp Cherokee

YMCA Camp Cherokee, located in Kings Mountain State Park, has a rich history. It has miles of forested trails perfect for hiking, two fishing lakes, and sits adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, one of many national park Revolutionary War sites. The park also features a replica of a 19th century South Carolina yeoman farm which includes a barn, cotton gin and blacksmith/carpenter shop.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina’s state parks. Buildings built by the CCC in the 1930’s are still in use at YMCA Camp Cherokee today.

YMCA Camp Cherokee, the resident camp, began in 1945. It was founded by the Rock Hill YMCA which is now known as the Upper Palmetto YMCA. For over 75 years, YMCA Camp Cherokee has been called the ‘best week of the summer’ and generations of former campers fondly remember their summers spent at camp.

Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letters to [email protected]