The Columbus Zoological Park Association

Seasonal Chef/ Cook

Job Locations US-OH-Cumberland
ID 2021-1521
The Wilds


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From breakfast, lunch and dinner to groups both large and small – casual and high end dining and catering for them all! – As a chef/cook at The Wilds there are a variety of shifts and guests you may be preparing food for. Our restaurant provides table service breakfast and dinner for our overnight lodging guests, supplies meals for our various education camps, and also assists in high volume catering for various groups and corporate outings.


  • Acts as primary Chef/Cook for either breakfast shift or dinner shift
  • Assists Food Service Manager in developing menus, reporting costs and recommending retail pricing.
  • Performs daily basis tasks including cooking and food preparation, customer service, cleaning kitchen and dining room facilities and equipment, register/computer operation, inventory control and the organization/storage of all items associated with café and concession activities.
  • Work with Food Service Manager to forecast and plan for all orders pertaining to food service, while staying within budgeted guidelines, providing for general public and catering service for groups, camps and special events.
  • Provide necessary training for seasonal staff members.
  • Assist in training and communicating the Wilds policies and procedures to seasonal staff. Establish and maintain an open and constant line of communication with the Director of Visitor Operations.
  • Carefully document all disciplinary problems reporting to the Director of Visitor Operations.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of each POS program in order to assist with clerk duties.
  • Maintains correct sanitation and food safety behaviors to ensure compliance with OSHA and FDA.
  • Perform opening and closing procedures as needed.
  • Learn and follow emergency and safety procedures, food handling policy and procedures.
  • Assists Food Service Manager in maintaining proper inventory of supplies and orders food supplies, ingredients, and consumables.


  • Formal education in food preparation or experience in similar role.
  • 1-3 years in a food service environment prefered.
  • Supervisory experience considered a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills preferred with strong computer knowledge and skills.
  • Independent decision making/problem solving ability.
  • Work a flexible schedule from middle of April through early November including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Communicate well both verbally and in writing require.
  • Plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Provide excellent guest service and uphold the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with all Wilds/Zoo team.
  • Adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record.
  • Successfully complete an employment drug screening and a criminal history background check.


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