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Camp Head Cook 

About the Organization Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization based in Greensboro, Vermont. Our mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


Department: Camp

Staffing Classification: Seasonal

Reports To: Camp Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated: 1/14/2021



The Camp Head Cook is responsible for providing nutritious, tasty, filling, and economical meals for campers and staff (approx. 70-84 children and teens, and 35 adults.) Oversees purchasing, preparation, nutrition, service, sanitation, personnel management, and record keeping.

(Majority of duties, but not meant to be all-inclusive nor prevent other duties from being assigned as necessary.)

  1. Evaluate kitchen, food preparation equipment, and any other food related needs for the coming season, and plan for equipment purchases and repairs prior to start of camp.
  2. Working with food consultants, prepare menus for all meals to meet all dietary restrictions and special needs with the assistance of the Camp Nurse, Head Counselor and Camp Director.
  3. Establish contact with food distributors and work with Camp Director to arrange payment methods. Order food and supplies consistent with enrollment numbers, and arrange for deliveries.
  4. Work with the Camp Director to keep food and kitchen purchases within budget.
  5. Work with the Camp Director to determine kitchen staff schedule and scheduling of meals to coordinate with camper and staff schedules.
  6. Assist the Camp Director in hiring kitchen staff. Train and organize kitchen staff prior to the start of camp. Oversee kitchen staff performance throughout the camp season. Maintain positive kitchen staff morale. Provide evaluations for kitchen staff at the end of season.
  7. Responsible for set-up of kitchen facility and dining area. Responsible for storage of all food and equipment at the end of season.
  8. Adhere to all State and Local Board of Health Standards and codes for proper food handling, serving and storing. Be available to meet with inspectors as needed.
  9. Oversee preparation of three meals per day, as well as morning and afternoon snacks.
  10. Maintain a clean, safe kitchen, dining and service area. Provide an attractive presentation for all meals.
  11. Other jobs, as needed.

A Promise of Inclusion

Throughout history, the circus has sought out and celebrated all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities. It is fundamental to our values to welcome employees, participants, and audience members of all backgrounds with the curiosity, respect, and awe human diversity inspires.

Joining a Circus Smirkus program - as a participant, an employee, or an audience member - means you belong. As a company, we promise to consider only merit in making hiring or program decisions. The only thing that matters to us is your willingness to embrace our values and help us create joy and magic for everyone who encounters a Smirkus program. If you're smart and talented and willing to work hard, please apply for a job with us!

As a proud upholder of circus tradition we commit to providing everyone equal opportunity to become a star, both in and out of the ring.

Position Requirements


  1. Experience in camp, institutional or other large food service settings.
  2. Experience in ordering, inventory, budgeting, food preparation, buffet serving, cleaning, and commercial kitchen equipment.
  3. Experience adapting menus and preparing food to accommodate special dietary and health needs.
  4. Knowledge of and training in current health and safety laws and practices.
  5. Proven record as a supervisor

(Typical working conditions associated with this type of work and environmental hazards, if any, that may be encountered in performing the duties of this position.)

Internal: Work is normally conducted in a kitchen environment.

(The physical effort generally associated with this position.)

Work involves standing, walking, bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, and other physical activities consistent with setting up heavy equipment. Work may include lifting, carrying or moving objects and equipment weighing over 50 pounds.


Supervision is received from the Camp Director.


This is an approx. three month seasonal position from end of May to end of August.


This position is currently accepting applications.

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