Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:30 PM




CATEGORY   Culinary

JOB TYPE   Full-Time



The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School is no ordinary school. Here, students are excited to learn. Here, students learn by immersing themselves in nature. Here, students grow and create while exploring the science of ecology.


This school is operated by the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources. The University and its partners use MOSS to foster scientific literacy, leadership skills and open-minded dialogue through graduate and professional education, youth science programs, seminars, and more. The school was founded in 2001 and has remained the only publicly operated K-12 residential outdoor school in Idaho.

The mission of the McCall Outdoor Science School is to facilitate place-based, collaborative science inquiry within the context of Idaho's land, water and communities. We provide experiential learning opportunities among students, educators, scientists and citizens to foster the critical thinking skills necessary to address complex issues.


Staff and students at MOSS have a passion for quality instruction and lifelong learning through a collaborative, positive working and learning environment. Our goal is continued development of a year-round education and resource facility that offers a unique place for students of any learning style. We hope these hands-on projects and outdoor field activities help students understand key scientific and ecological principles.



Stationed at a remote, university field campus in the Idaho Rocky Mountains along the shores of stunning Payette Lake, The Food Systems and Sustainability Manager will perform skilled duties in the operation and management of the kitchen, dining lodge and related facilities and systems at the University of Idaho, McCall Field Campus. The incumbent will serve as an interface between campus food service and educational programming conducted by the award winning McCall Outdoor Science School.Must be able to work weekends, nights and split shifts, as needed.


Supervise Daily Kitchen and Dining Lodge Operations by:

  • Conducting twice weekly inventories of food and non-food kitchen, Dining Lodge and housekeeping supplies.
  • Planning the weekly menu with the following principles in mind.
  • Meals that:
    • Are high in protein with vegetarian options.
    • Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Are as locally sourced as possible with minimal packaging.
    • Minimize sugars and trans fats.
    • Coordinating and conducting supply orders with outside vendors.
    • Preparing, cooking and serving meals to students and guests.
    • Cleaning up following meals.
    • Monitoring tools, supplies, appliances and machinery and requesting maintenance, as needed.
    • Organizing and cleaning the kitchen and Dining Lodge



Support MFC, McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) Programs by:

  • Integrating aspects of foodservice sustainability into MOSS educational programming
  • Providing program field instruction, as needed. Delivering field based science curricular to K-12 students when large groups visit campus
  • Traveling to outreach programs and events to represent MOSS programs. Attending community events as a representative of MOSS. Outreach programs may take place in schools throughout the state of Idaho.
  • Representing MOSS and presenting MOSS program overviews, current assessment results from programs, and promoting MOSS at professional conferences
  • Participating in planning, coordination, and facilitating, graduate student training and orientations through the year.
  • Teaching graduate students tools and techniques for instructing field based science and outdoor leadership.
  • Participating in strategic and tactical planning sessions alongside faculty and staff.




Assist with Budget Management by:

  • Collaborating with MFC Program Advisor, Program Director, and Education Director to create a food service budget each fiscal year.
  • Develop an annual budget for food service of approximately $100 €“ $150,000 annually.
  • Track expenses via Microsoft Excel to inform spending and project initiation decisions through the fiscal year.
  • Contribute to the team effort by:
  • Performing other duties as needed in the operations of the MFC.
  • Assisting with guest needs


Provide Managerial support by:

  • Supervising 1-6 employees
  • Facilitating the hiring process with HR and CNR for food service assistants and student/temporary help
  • Creating schedules for food service assistants and student/temporary help
  • Ensuring that supervised employees are completing job duty tasks at the level expected as outlined in verbal and written instructions.


Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Good knowledge of, and at least one year of experience with outdoor leadership and environmental education, curriculum, and practices.
  • Experience working in the foodservice industry in a camp like facility.
  • Good knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment used in commercial kitchens
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sanitation and safety practices used in food handling and preparation.
  • Experience in following recipes and menus, calculating volume measurements used in cooking and training others in food preparation and serving.
  • Experience with supervision
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word, and basic internet functions
  • Demonstrated dependability: commitment to teamwork, effective communication, and professional human relation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out written and oral instructions of direct supervisor and strong attention to safety practices
  • Previous experience creating and managing a budget
  • Valid driver's license and the ability to pass a driving record check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • An understanding of the McCall Outdoor Science School's mission and willingness to work collaboratively in upholding the mission.
  • Experience with the general public/public setting, previous experience in a service related industry, managing people, working in a university/academic environment
  • Commitment to the positive physical, mental, social, and emotional development of youth
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work in a team-based atmosphere


Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift, carry, and/or otherwise move 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb and work from ladders, stand and walk continuously, work on hot or slippery surfaces and operate power equipment.
  • Nights and weekends may be required.
  • Shift may vary depending on season and need.


Compensation: starting at $12.02 - $14.49 per hour plus full University of Idaho benefits package including health, retirement and paid vacation. The position is overtime eligible.


Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.


EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V





First consideration will be given to applicants who apply by July 29, 2016; open until filled. FOOD SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER