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Personal Touch Food Service Girl Scouts- Head Cook (Overnight Camp) in Holland, New York

Girl Scouts- Head Cook (Overnight Camp)

Holland, NY (

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PositionTitle:Head Cook - Overnight Camp

ReportsTo: Camp Director



Location:Summer Resident Camp – Seven Hills/Timbercrest

Salary Range: $5,500.00 To 7,500.00 Annually (Actual salarywill be based on applicant’s experience)



Are you mission-driven, looking to work in a dynamic team environment, and influence the lives of girls? If so, take the time to check out Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Since 1912, Girl Scouts has empowered girls to develop the skills and the voice to become successful and productive citizens. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

If you’d like to be part of this exciting, empowering, and valuable experience, we encourage you to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!


To prepare and serve all camp meals in compliance with GSUSA, NYDOH, OSHA, Food Bank of Western New York and ACA standards and regulations.


· Attend mandatory supervisors' weekend in May (date and time to be determined)

· Develops professional goals for the summer that will help support and meet GSWNY’s mission and camp goals.

· Plan menus that are nutritionally balanced for both “regular” and “vegetarian” type eaters, staff and campers alike.

· Serve 3 meals a day plus snack and assure that all meals are served on time.

· Assist with food preparation and serving of all meals.

· Assist with all aspects of maintaining a clean kitchen. (i.e.: washing pots and pans, sweeping and mopping of floor, removal of trash)

· Overseeing and assisting with filling out cookout requisitions.

· Provide the same quality of food for all the sessions of camp.

· Work with the Health Supervisor to accommodate campers and staff with dietary restrictions, special needs or food allergies. Maintain confidentiality in compliance with HIPPA.

· Work within the budget set by camp.

· Make purchases in consultation with the Camp Director or in his/her absence the Assistant Camp Director.

· Check food delivery against food orders.

· Keep accurate records of all kitchen items, food purchases, appliance repairs and food returns throughout the summer.

· Utilize products from the Food Bank of Western New York whenever possible.

· Supervise kitchen staff: 2 Assistant Cooks (when applicable), 3 Kitchen Aides and 1 Dinging Hall Manager (when applicable).

· Complete mid and end of season evaluations for direct reports.

· Plan daily work schedules for kitchen staff, according to time preparation and serving of all meals. Please adhere to NYS, OSHA and Federal labor laws regarding number of hour’s staff under 18 can work. (maximum of 8-10 hours)

· Establish and maintain procedures for snack, cookouts, overnights and extended trips.

· Work with Program Director to coordinate meals around special events (i.e.: Green Eggs and Ham breakfast).

· Make an inventory of food supplies during the last weeks of camp and order accordingly, so as not to have a remaining inventory at the end of the season.

· Submit a final report of all inventories and records (i.e.: menus, meals served, food purchased, etc.) at the end of the season to the Camp Director.

· Ensures the proper use and care of all equipment.

· Lead by example.

· Emphasize safety.

· Follow all ACA, GSUSA, OSHA, Food Bank and NYSDOH standards and regulations.

· Participates in all aspects of camp including pre-camp, open house and post camp.

· Attends staff meetings when scheduled/necessary.

· Apply behavior management techniques to conflicts with children when necessary.

· Report incidents/accidents to supervisor or health supervisor immediately.

· Report suspected child abuse to supervisor immediately.

· Required to stay on the property during hours of operation (Sunday 10:00am to Friday 8:00pm)

· Accepts other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Camp Director.

Note: All cookout food that needs to be refrigeratedmustbe placed in a cooler with ice. All meats used in cookoutsmustbe pre-cooked. (i.e.: chicken, beef, hamburger, bacon, etc.)

Hours & Travel:

· Required to stay on the property during hours of operation (Sunday 10:00am to Friday 8:00pm)

· Must be willing to work in an outdoor setting and in inclement weather.


Experience & Qualifications:

· Willingness to abide by the policies and practices of the Girl Scouts of Western New York Inc.

· High school diploma or equivalent.

· Experience in quality and quantity cooking, food managing, maintaining food inventory within budget.

· At least 2 years supervisory experience.

· At least 2 years in operating a full working kitchen. Is familiar with all NYSHD, OSHA and NYSLL regulations and law.

· Must have sound judgment in anticipating and preventing accidents, and act calmly and quickly during emergencies.

· Certified Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Checks will be completed for personnel file.

· Demonstrate the ability to guide/supervise children and adults.

· Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.

· Current certification in Responding to Emergencies and CPR or individual is willing to complete certification course during designated training day.

· Prior camp experience and/or interest in the Girl Scout Camping program.

· Willingness to place the needs of girls and camp above personal desires.

· Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.

· The acceptance of irregular work hours.

· The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.

Additional Requirements:

· Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

· Strong analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.

· Ability to project a high level of professionalism at all times.

· Ability to articulate organizational mission and its importance with passion and conviction, and in a manner that resonates with the listener.

· Commitment to diversity and ability to interact with diverse populations.

· Strong time management skills with ability to work independently and effectively prioritize duties and tasks.

· Capacity to manage stress effectively and work well under pressure.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly.

· Proven capability to work in a collaborative, service-focused environment.

· Capacity to work well with others in a congenial and effective manner.

· Ability to effectively manage and foster relationships with council staff, volunteers within the camp community.

· Subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and become a registered member of GSUSA.

· Successfully pass the required background checks at hire and thereafter.

· Maintain reliable transportation to and from home and work.

· If travel is required, must possess a valid driver’s license, meet minimum state auto insurance requirements, and meet the insurance carrier’s requirements for coverage.

· Assist the campers in emergency situations.

· Lift 35 pounds.

· Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.

· Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.

· Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.

· Participate in structured and unstructured activities.

· Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.


All Employees of Girl Scouts must maintain an active, annual membership in Girl Scouts of Western New York. This membership must be renewed annually, and all newly hired employees are expected to enroll with GSWNY within the first 30 days of their employment.



Girl Scouts of Western New York seasonal camps are subject to the Federal and New York State exemption laws under Section 13(a)(3) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Seasonal staff working at camp may be paid in accordance with this exemption. Seasonal employees are not eligible for company-sponsored group benefits.

GSWNY is also very grateful to have many partnerships offering special deals and incentives at local businesses to GSWNY employees throughout Western New York.


please contact Janet DePetrillo, Sr. Director of Outdoor Program at (716) 935-6063 or or visit our website atwww.gswny.orgto fill out an application.


Girl Scouts of Western New York celebrates diversity in all forms and is committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative and supportive environment for all. All employment decisions are based qualifications, merit, performance and the needs of the organization. As an equal opportunity employer, GSWNY does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other groups or persons protected by federal, state or local law.

Salary Description

$5,500.00 To 7,500.00 Annually