Ranch Cook - Circle Z Ranch

                                                                              RANCH COOK


Our Cook positions at Circle Z Ranch for our 2023-2024 season begins October 16, 2023 and ends mid-April 2024.

Circle Z Ranch is seeking a Ranch Cook that can meet our high standards of delicious, homemade meals while incorporating their own recipes and flair. We serve a variety of cuisines and special diets including, but not limited to, Hypoallergenic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. We provide an assortment of tried and true Circle Z recipes that are the building blocks for your weekly menus.

The Cooks position will require exceptional communication and organization skills, as well as the ability to perform multiple culinary skills including cooking, baking, prepping, and planning.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for ranch guests and staff (30 – 70 individuals)
  • Prepare baked goods for guests
  • Prepare other assigned meals as directed
  • Ensure proper presentation of meals
  • Serve meals to guests and answer food inquiries
  • Communicate goals and expectations with other kitchen staff
  • Plan menu with supervisor
  • Comply with Santa Cruz County Health Department requirements
  • Review food costs with supervisor and maintain budgetary expectations
  • Plan inventory needs with supervisor
  • Place the twice weekly food orders and meet monthly budgets
  • Check quality of food and supplies
  • Responsible for kitchen cleanliness including washing of pots and pans in cook cleaning station
  • Help keep walk-in and dry storage organized and clean
  • Leave kitchen clean and ready for the next shift
  • Efficiently adjust to last minute changes
  • Attend staff and department meetingsAbility to plan meals based on dietary needs
  • Adjust to last minutes changes
  • Keep walk-in, dry storge, and freezer clean and organized
  • Keep track of sale dates and state of food (first in/first out)

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 3-5 years’ experience cooking as a lead or second cook in guest ranches or restaurants
  • Culinary Arts certificate
  • Ability to communicate in English both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to use technology to communicate, plan, and order provisions
  • Excellent physical condition and stamina to work irregular and long hours
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Food Handler’s Certificate (Circle Z Ranch will provide this training if hired)

Working Conditions for the Cook position include:

  • Standing for long periods of time, lifting, reaching, stooping
  • Working with and around sharp kitchen implements, appliances, and equipment
  • Working with and around high temperatures from ovens, stoves, grills, and other kitchen appliances
  • Working weekends, nights, and holidays
  • Extended periods of work without time off may be required

The specific requirements, duties and skills set forth in this job description are intended to be all inclusive as of date this document is prepared. Circle Z Ranch reserves the right to modify this job description at any time. This job description may not contain all the duties you may be asked to perform during the period you work at the ranch. Further, the job description is not a guarantee that you will perform any of these duties.