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Chef/Kitchen Manager/Teacher

Rural Resources has a brand new commercial kitchen.  We are looking for an experienced, forward-thinking part-time Chef who is passionate about local food, nutrition, and teaching cooking and preservation skills to youth and community members. The ideal candidate for this position will be a natural leader-teacher who is creative, loves to share, and can involve young people in beginning a food business. The Chef will be responsible for teaching classes, working with youth on business development, preparing a food product in a production environment, teaching about preparing food in such a way to stretch a budget, working with start-up food businesses to understand food safety and kitchen rules, and preparing meals for our events.  Additionally, the chef will work closely with Rural Resources program staff and manage kitchen inventory.

  1. Work with youth and adults to teach cooking and food preservation

  2. Work with youth to launch an educational business venture with farm fresh ingredients

  3. Ensure safety and sanitation practices in the kitchen with teens and outside business ventures

  4. Work closely with the Rural Resources team to prepare food for events


The position may be an AmeriCorps position.If so,

  1. Provide direct service as an Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps member, carrying out all Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps responsibilities as outlined by the Appalachia CARES Program Director and working closely with the Rural Resources Executive Director.

  2. Promote managing food resources for maximum nutrition while on a budget to program participants and collect AmeriCorps surveys from participants.





Core characteristics we seek: 

- Hi level of organizational ability;

- Ability to work with others and as a part of a team;

- Ability to teach and work with youth;

- Experience preparing and preserving food;

- Passionate interest in preparing and sharing local food.

- Flexibility;

- The usual (a positive attitude,ability to work independently or as part of a team, etc.)


Education and Experience Preferred: Emphasis is placed on demonstrated organizational ability and strong communication skills.


Compensation: This is a 900 hr position that may be an AmeriCorps position. If AmeriCorps, the stipend is supplemented by Rural Resources to equal $12.50/hr and satisfactory completion of the one year term includes an end of service education award.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter explaining why you're interested, a resume, and two references to

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