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This job expired on April 27, 2020

Chef in Residence ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch

  • Date Posted February 27, 2020
  • Location Basalt, CO
  • Category Agriculture / Culinary
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is hiring for the 2020 season at our Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt, Colorado.  Rock Bottom Ranch (RBR) is an educational site with a focus on regenerative agriculture practices; the ranch raises livestock and grows vegetables and cut flowers.  The ranch, its agricultural practices and products are educational components used to meet ACES’ mission of “educating for environmental responsibility.”


Rock Bottom Ranch’s vegetable and livestock production uses natural systems for inspiration and utilizes regenerative and sustainable practices. The 113-acre site dedicates approximately 70 acres to natural wildlands and 35 acres to pasture-based, rotationally grazed livestock systems.  To maximize production and extend the growing season, one acre of outdoor vegetable and cut flower production is supported by four-season extension structures (a stationary hoop house, mobile hoop houses, and a passive solar greenhouse).


Rock Bottom Ranch is open to the public during the summer and offers daily farm tours, youth and adult programs, and food events.  All staff are given the opportunity to become involved in a diverse array of agricultural operations in addition to numerous customer service, event, and educational experiences.

Job description

The Chef-in-Residence program was launched in 2016 to allow chefs (aspiring, as well as established) to cultivate a deeper connection to local, seasonal foods.  Our program offers opportunities to lead and become involved in a diversity of food events, education, value added products, farming and other explorations of food. Events are diverse and range from casual to formal, 40 to 125 guests, with opportunities to support events up to 400 people.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Event food preparation and execution
  • Food Production Assistance
  • Food Education


1) Event food preparation and execution: (70% time allocation)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead planning, preparation, and execution of various ACES dining and educational events. Coordination, planning and additional support from RBR Director and additional kitchen staff is provided. 
  • Prepare menus, preparation lists, sourcing lists (mostly from 300 feet or less) and rental orders.
  • Lead kitchen staff and coordinate with RBR Site Coordinator for event setup, execution and cleanup.
  • Travel to farms and wineries to source products for events.


2) Food Production Assistance: (15% time allocation)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with agricultural operations including:
    • vegetable harvest, washing and packaging; and
    • poultry slaughter, break down and packaging.
  • Experiment with food preservation. This could include canning, pickling, freezing, and/or fermenting seasonally abundant foods for future kitchen use and/or sale to the public. All food products must meet local health department requirements and food safety guidelines.  ACES maintains a Colorado Retail Food Establishment License and commercial kitchen. 


3) Food Education: (15% time allocation)

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan and prepare children’s summer food cooking classes and demonstrations. This requires coordination with the ACES Education team. 



  • Become familiar with all agricultural operations on the ranch and assist with various agricultural projects.
  • Overall site maintenance including event preparation or other site duties that may arise.
  • Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.



  • Provide welcoming and educational environment to all guests
  • Maintain a strong work ethic
  • Recognize that kitchen work is rewarding, yet physically and mentally demanding
  • Have schedule flexibility and ability to work 40+ hours per week
  • Be able to stand for long hours in various kitchen conditions
  • Have the ability to work with a sense of purpose and urgency
  • Be able to lift heavy objects, 50+ pounds
  • Maintain a friendly, inviting personality and positive attitude
  • Have respect for farm products, fellow crew members, and ACES education team
  • Have a strong willingness and desire to learn
  • Have a clean driving record


Preferred but not required, candidates will have the following:

  • An interest in changing the way our communities eat and grow food
  • 3+ years of technical cooking experience, with various styles, techniques and regional influences
  • Ability to lead a kitchen service
  • An interest in plant-based menus. We promote a plant-based diet supported with appropriate portions of pasture-based meats, dairy and eggs.


Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Rock Bottom Ranch Director.



This position is located at ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt, Colorado.


Position Dates

June 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020


Work Schedule

40+ hours per week, 2 consecutive days off per week.  This is a full-time, seasonal, exempt position and is currently ineligible for ACES benefits package.


Compensation and benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience.  This is a seasonal, full-time position that is currently ineligible for the ACES benefit package.   

Compensation this position is : salaried Application instructions
This job expired on April 27, 2020
DeadlineApril 18, 2020

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