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Vegetarian Cooks, Bakers, and Kitchen Manager

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Vegetarian Cooks, Bakers, and Kitchen Manager

Ratna Ling Retreat Center is seeking experienced vegetarian cooks, bakers, and kitchen managers to help make our kitchen run smoothly and create delicious vegetarian meals for our residential community and guests. 

Our kitchen staff is an integral part of both the residential and the guest experience at Ratna Ling and as such are highly valued members of our community.  Our professionally outfitted kitchen is roomy and well-stocked, allowing your care and creativity to flourish. 

Covid-safe practices in place so you can relax safely and focus on the fun of creating delicious meals and baked goods.

For applicants who love to cook, but do not want to serve in the kitchen full-time, we can discuss splitting time between the kitchen and other activities such as gardening or helping on other onsite projects.

Depending on your interest and skills, responsibilities can include:

  • Preparing vegetarian meals for 20-50 residential community members and guests
  • Menu and meal planning 
  • Food ordering and kitchen inventory management
  • General kitchen maintenance, cleaning, and sanitation 
  • Management of kitchen staff and scheduling
  • Planning and performing meal delivery to our self-contained cottages for covid-safe retreats

Desired Qualifications:

  • Past experience working in a retreat center, commercial kitchen and/or restaurant as a chef/cook
  • Appreciation for vegetarian cuisine
  • Reliable, hard-working nature
  • Organized with an attention to detail
  • Experience with international cuisine is a plus
  • Baking skills are always welcome
  • Creative and flexible in a changing environment
  • Willingness to work as part of a team

This is a work-study, volunteer position which offers:

  • Free housing and vegetarian meals
  • Modest monthly living allowance
  • Free wi-fi and domestic calling
  • Free laundry facilities and supplies,
  • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies: meditation, mantra, skillful means (work practice), Buddhist history and philosophy, Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga), and yoga

In addition, being a part of an intentional, spiritually focused community has other benefits including: 

  • An environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued
  • Stunning natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean
  • The support of a caring, actively engaged conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships
  • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist ceremonies, celebrations and practices if desired


Ratna Ling Retreat Center is seeking experienced vegetarian cooks, bakers, and kitchen managers to help make our kitchen run smoothly and create delicious vegetarian meals for our residential community and guests. 

Our kitchen staff is an…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    April 28, 2021
    8:00 AM PDT
    3:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    October 27, 2021
    5:00 PM PDT
    12:00 AM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available

Location

On-site

Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

Cazadero, CA, United States

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