General Cook (Spero)

Full Time
Kamloops, BC
Posted Today
Job description

Job Title: General Cook
City: Kamloops
Program and Site Location: 24 Hour Supportive Housing, Spero
Reports To: Head Cook, Spero
Term Permanent Part-Time (16 hours per week with Casual/On-Call opportunities)
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Wage Range: $20.66 to $24.09 based on education and related experience.

The ASK Wellness Society is an Accredited not-for-profit organization. Through the generous support of funders, we assist those who are marginalized and at-risk to strengthen the communities we serve (Kamloops, Merritt, and
Penticton). We provide housing and support to those who are facing homelessness/at risk of homelessness and support those who may use substances, mental health challenges, harm reduction, health education and ultimately provide the skills to re-enter the workforce.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive benefits including but not limited to dental, vision, physiotherapy, massage, and fertility upon eligibility
  • Municipal Pension Plan upon eligibility
  • On-site training and development opportunities such as Violence Prevention, Cultural Awareness and

2SLGBTQ+ training

  • A culture of equality, inclusion, and diversity including paid cultural sensitivity days
  • Accidental death insurance and Wellness plan benefit
  • Vacation entitlements for Part-Time and Full-Time employees

What is Casual/On-Call? Casual/On-Call means there are no guaranteed hours and work requirements may vary to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Casual/On-Call is a great way for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. It is also a gateway for future permanent positions within the Society. There are no rules with respect to declining shifts that do not work with your schedule that may result in removal from the casual/on-call list.

Position Summary: Work alongside the Head Cook of Spero which is a 24/7 Supportive Housing Facility helping the marginalized community at an excellent level while maintaining and abiding by all standards, policies and/or procedures set forth by the ASK Wellness Society and any applicable government agencies. In partnership with the Head Cook manage daily kitchen activities, aiding with menu preparation, ensuring food quality and freshness, and monitoring ordering and stocking. Service delivery is based on a client centered, non-judgmental perspective.

Typical Duties Include:

General Cook Responsibilities

- Prepare and cook large quantities of food for 50+ Program Participants.
- Assist with meal prep and service and supervise kitchen team in Head Chef absence.
- Provide guidance to other kitchen Employees and Tenant Support Workers with respect to food preparation, service, and cleaning.
- Assist with organizing kitchen stock and ingredients.
- Ensures a first-in, first-out food rotation system and verify all food products are properly dated and organized for quality assurance.
- Keep cooking stations stocked, especially before and during prime operation hours.

- Assist with the hiring and training of new Employees to kitchen standards.
- Assist the Head Chef with managing food and product ordering by keeping detailed records and minimizing waste, plus works with existing systems to improve waste reduction and manage budgetary concerns.
- Work with Head Chef to maintain kitchen organization, staff ability, and training opportunities.
- Verify food storage units all meet standards and are consistently well-managed.
- Assist Head Chef with menu creation.
- Evaluate food products to ensure that quality standards are consistently attained.
- Regularly monitor and inspect kitchen equipment, report any problems or inconsistencies to the Head Chef and make recommendations for repair or procurement.
- Ensure high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and safety are always maintained throughout all kitchen areas.
- Be prepared to work calmly and together with your team, paramedics, and police in crisis situations.

Administrative Responsibilities

- When requested, assist Head Cook with reviewing invoices from suppliers for accuracy and updating computer files related to food service annually and as needed (food inventories, signage and labels, recipe books).

- When requested, be a member of the Society’s Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) team.
- Ensure compliance with all Society policies and procedures.
- Other duties which may or may not be outlined within this job description.

Qualifications and Requirements

- Minimum of two years prep/cooking experience an asset.
- Formal culinary training is considered an asset.
- Advanced knowledge of food hygiene and safe kitchen practices including the use of commercial equipment and tools.
- Knowledge of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) an asset.
- Ability to work within a team-based environment.
- Understands and maintains professional boundaries.
- Must pass an acceptable criminal record check for the vulnerable sector.
- Occupational First Aid Level 1 and WHMIS Certification required.
- Readiness to complete in-house online training within the first month of employment.
- Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, and Trauma Informed Practice an asset.
- As Program Participants are allowed to have pets, it is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.

How to apply: Please submit your application with a detailed cover letter and resume with the reference “Part Time General Cook, Spero” . This position will remain open until the successful candidate is chosen. You may also apply directly online at

The ASK Wellness Society offers assistance from an Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) and/or would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, we encourage you to contact us, and you will be redirected to our Employment Advisor.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

Note: This description may be amended at any time in response to operational and funding requirements and may include other duties not outlined here.

Job Types: Part-time, Casual, Permanent
Part-time hours: 16 per week

Salary: $20.66-$24.09 per hour


  • Company pension
  • On-site parking


  • 4 hour shift
  • Every Weekend
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
Effective November 1, 2021, the Society requires all employees to be fully vaccinated (as defined by Health Canada). Full vaccination will be required before commencing employment with the Society unless a legal exemption is obtained.


  • Cooking: 2 years (preferred)
  • Mental Health Knowledge: 1 year (preferred)


  • Food Safety Certification (preferred)

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