Assistant Chef & Cleaner, Kluane Lake Research Station

Assistant Chef & Cleaner, Kluane Lake Research Station


Job Position: Assistant Chef & Cleaner, Kluane Lake Research Station

Company: University of Calgary

Expected salary: $25 per hour

Location: Destruction Bay, YT – Burwash Landing, YT

Assistant Chef & Cleaner, Kluane Lake Research Station Job Details:


Position Overview

The Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) has the privilege of being located on the south shore of Lhù’ààn Mân (Kluane Lake), Yukon, on the Traditional Territory of the Kluane First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and White River First Nation.

The Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) under the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) is currently seeking an Assistant Chef & Cleaner. Reporting to the Field Station Operations Manager, the Assistant Chef & Cleaner is responsible for supporting cooking and cleaning services at KLRS. The Assistant Chef & Cleaner assists the Executive Chef in managing the kitchen and dining area at KLRS to provide food and dining services for all staff and users, ranging from to 5 to 50 people. This position also ensures high hygienic standards are maintained throughout the station through cleaning of accommodations and communal spaces.

Job Duties:

  • Assist the Executive Chef in operating a large kitchen and food service area. Assume full responsibility for the kitchen and dining area when the Executive Chef is not at KLRS.
  • Perform food preparation and services in the kitchen. Plan, cook, and prepare meals.
  • Interact courteously with customers and arrange menu selection for food allergies, restrictions, or other requests. Accommodate allergies and severe dietary restrictions with the highest care, using best practices to avoid cross contamination.
  • Order food, beverages, consumables, and other kitchen supplies, under direction of the Executive Chef. Assist with monitoring supply levels.
  • Ensure safe, efficient food production and cleanliness for a busy kitchen and dining area. Wash dishes, utensils, pots, pans, tables, and floors. Clean and maintain all appliances and food equipment. Uphold best hygiene practices.
  • Perform housekeeping and janitorial duties for all buildings at KLRS, including guest accommodations and communal spaces (cabins, washrooms, laboratories, classrooms, offices, mess hall). Tasks include linen laundering, sweeping/mopping floors, removing recycling/trash, and organizing spaces.
  • Ensure cleaning supplies are stocked and communicate ordering needs to the Field Station Operations Manager.
  • Manage own time and assignments, demonstrating dependability and punctuality.


  • Food Safe Certification.
  • Valid standard driver’s license (minimum class 5).
  • Remote First Aid/CPR certification, WHIMIS training, or willingness to complete training before start of employment.
  • Experience and considerable knowledge of:
  • Procedures common to large-scale food preparation and services.
  • Purchasing specifications and procedures related to meats, fresh produce, dry stores, supplies and equipment operation.
  • Allergies and dietary restrictions (Celiac Disease, Lactose Intolerance, etc.), including cross contamination best practices.
  • Adapting meal plans to accommodate alternative diets (vegan, vegetarian, etc.).
  • Monitoring food supplies and costs.
  • Food value/nutrition and storage procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently, including assuming responsibility for the kitchen and dining area when the Executive Chef is temporarily not at the station.
  • Flexibility to work a non-conventional schedule.

Additional Assets

  • Red Seal Certification (completed or in progress).
  • Experience in:
  • Remote camp settings.
  • Basic computer software knowledge such as email, Word, Excel, and online ordering.
  • Hospitality or cleaning/housekeeping.
  • Maintaining required production with a demonstrable focus on sustainability and minimum wastage.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong initiative, organization, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Capacity to adjust work schedule to meet multiple demands and pressures.

Additional Information

Compensation and Schedule:

  • Duration = 4-5 months (May/June – September, 2024).
  • Wage = $25/hour.
  • Expected hours per week = 40 hours. Overtime pay (1.5 times the hourly rate) earned after 40 hours/week.
  • Non-conventional schedule that fluctuates throughout the season and may include weekdays, weekends, and statutory holidays.
  • The candidate is expected to reside on station or in one of the nearby communities (i.e. Silver City, Burwash Landing, Destruction Bay, Haines Junction). Station accommodation is provided for those residing at KLRS.

All staff at KLRS need to be comfortable working outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather conditions. Staff need to be amenable to temporarily adjusting their work duties to meet varying client needs, and occasionally cover responsibilities for their colleagues to allow time off. Given the fluctuating number of guests at the station throughout the season, staff must be able to adapt to multiple competing priorities, work under pressure, and manage time effectively. During scheduled days off, or times when the station is less busy, staff should be keen to explore the abundant cultural and outdoor opportunities in the area. Staff need to be willing to work in an environment that is removed from many modern conveniences and have a demonstrated ability to interact collaboratively with colleagues and resolve conflicts that are unique to remote, isolated work.

More information about the Kluane Lake Research Station is found

To receive full consideration, please apply by March 20, 2024. This position will remain open until filled.

While we encourage all candidates with relevant experience to apply, preference will be given to qualified applicants who are local residents and First Nation Citizens of the Yukon

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the ( ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ( ).

Do you have most but not all the qualifications? Research show that women, racialized and visible minorities , and persons with disabilities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At UCalgary we are committed to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces and encourage you to apply if you believe you are right for this role.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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