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This job expired on June 16, 2021

Kitchen Manager, Vegetarian Cook Ratna Ling Retreat Center

  • Date Posted May 01, 2021
  • Location Cazadero, CA
  • Category Culinary / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Ratna Ling is a Buddhist retreat center in beautiful, rural Sonoma County, CA.  We are home to a residential community and host personal and group retreats. Most of our staff are long-term community members or are participating in a 6 month volunteer work-study program with the exception of a few key positions such as Kitchen Manager. We have a mostly organic year round garden and offer our guests and residents delicious vegetarian meals. Job description

Ratna Ling Retreat Center is seeking an experienced kitchen manager and lead cook to plan and create delicious vegetarian meals for our residential community and retreat guests.

Start date 5-15-21 or sooner. Year-long or greater commitment is required.


  • Menu planning, food ordering and inventory management
  • Management and training of all-volunteer staff as needed
  • Guide kitchen crew in preparing delicious, balanced vegetarian meals for 20-50 guests and staff
  • Personally act as the lead cook for 3 to 6 meals per week 
  • Oversee general kitchen maintenance, cleaning, and sanitation 
  • Coordinate with on-site garden staff to plant, harvest and utilize our homegrown organic produce
  • Oversee completion of food handling course for all volunteers

Our professionally outfitted kitchen is roomy and well-stocked, allowing your care and creativity to flourish. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Past experience working in a retreat center, commercial kitchen and/or restaurant as a kitchen manager
  • Training and/or experience as a head chef or cook
  • Familiarity with vegetarian cuisine, experience with international cuisine is a plus
  • Flexibility and willingness to accommodate dietary restrictions & preferences such as vegan and gluten free
  • Reliable, hard-working, organized with attention to detail
  • Creative, flexible, uplifting and positive attitude
  • Willingness to work as part of a team
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Baking skills are a plus

This is a paid position at a volunteer-run, non-profit retreat center in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.   This position offers:

  • Hourly wages for a 30 to 40 hour work week
  • Affordable housing and vegetarian meals
  • 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

Note: we do require incoming residents to be fully vaccinated from covid

Compensation this position is : hourly Application instructions
This job expired on June 16, 2021
DeadlineMay 20, 2021

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