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Dinner Cook, Seasonal Posted Dec 14, 2018
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge , Denali National Park, AK (Located 90 miles inside Denali)
Want a unique experience, in a secluded environment? Join our seasonal, remote community in Denali National Park, Alaska for summer 2019!

A small, family-owned business since 1951, joining our operation means joining a tradition of educating visitors toward appreciation for the beauty of Denali National Park, and the importance of sustainable living. Our seasonal jobs require an arrival date of May 21st, 2019, and extend through September 11th. Employees are required to live on-site for the duration of the summer season, where room and board are provided at no cost.

Our mission statement: "to provide active learning experiences and foster stewardship of the natural world through a tradition of excellence, community and place."


Our remote location and commitment to stewardship require us to be a resourceful team. More often than not, we bake it, we sew it, we build it, we fix it, we grow it, and we recycle it. A sense of place grows from the earnest work of maintaining this enterprise, from the camaraderie and friendships that grow, and from our commitment to provide the best quality experience for our guests in a setting that is beyond compare.

Choosing to work at Camp Denali means embracing the small community that will be your home for four months of the year. Our staff work collaboratively and share close living spaces and common rooms with one another and our bi-weekly turnover of guests. We work hard, and take pride in our work. The exceptional experience we offer to guests is the first and most important thread we have in common each season, but we find time amidst the long hours to play games of capture the flag, have jam sessions, watch movies, watch moose feeding from the pond in front of the dining hall, and so much more.

Working with Camp Denali is an opportunity to connect with coworkers, of all ages and backgrounds, and to form a family. We fill in for one another when we're sick, lend a hand to coworkers who are having a bad day, and share and teach one another our non-work related talents like playing music, carpentry, knitting, sewing, and dancing.

Staff members at Camp Denali work ten hours per day, five days each week to provide excellent service for our guests. Attention to the details of cleanliness and presentation are of paramount importance. Fifty-one staff members live on-site to care for approximately seventy guests each day of our season. Every summer we hire 10-15 new-to-Camp-Denali staff.

"Define Remote....": Please note that our lodge is a 6 hour bus ride from the nearest restaurant, hotel, movie theater, store, or ATM. Most of our staff choose not to leave our property for the duration of the summer, apart from hiking, biking, or canoeing adventures in the park. There is no cell phone service, but we do have pay phones in public places available for use, as well as moderately reliable internet (at browsing, but not streaming or downloading speeds) in common spaces.

If You Want A Unique Experience in an Unparalleled Setting...

...Camp Denali and North Face Lodge could be right for you.

We are committed to serving wholesome and flavorful food, expertly presented, and prepared using the highest quality local and organic ingredients. A team environment characterizes our kitchens. We emphasize cooperation over hierarchy, and collaboration over autonomy. The reward for dedicated work is the most sought after view in Denali National Park - the mountain, framed by the windows of our dining halls.

The Dinner Cook position is a food service leadership role. Responsibilities include:

preparing a three course, plated dinner for up to 45 guests
preparing a buffet style meal for up to 40 staff members
washing dishes and cleaning work space during and after every meal
communicating clearly and consistently with staff
promoting a collaborative team environment
maintaining high standards of quality and cleanliness
being responsible for food preparation tasks
promoting our mission statement
being an engaged member of our small community

Our dining hall, like so many homes, is the place our guests come to engage and connect with one another. Over nutritious, thoughtfully prepared meals, our guests share and reflect on the inspirational experience of being immersed in the backcountry of Denali. By exceeding our guests' expectations, our cooks are an essential part of our operation.

We're looking for individuals who are excited about being part of a community and interested in working in a cooperative and professional kitchen. You'll do well here if you also have a desire to explore Denali National Park, disconnect from technology, and share in creating an experience for our guests that is beyond compare.

Room and board is provided at no charge for the duration of the summer. Tips are pooled and divided evenly among staff, averaging more than $500/month. Daily wages for this position range from $129.25-$140.25, dependent on experience, as two hours each 10-hour-day are paid at time and a half. Uniform allowance is provided each season, in addition to free bus tickets to explore the National Park, and access to a remote cabin on a ridge top. A travel stipend rounds out our compensation package, and is paid on completion of a full summer season.

To apply, please complete our electronic application. A link to the application and list of the materials that must be included can be found here: