Nantahala Outdoor Center

  • River Outpost Cook - French Broad

    Job Locations US-NC-Walnut
    Job ID
    Food & Beverage/ Hospitality
    Job Classification
  • Overview

    For 40+ years NOC has led the outdoor industry, taking more guests whitewater rafting and teaching more paddlers than any other outdoor recreation company. NOC also provides top-quality aerial and trail-based adventures, wilderness medicine as well as providing unmatched retail service, foodservice, lodging, and trip planning services. Behind NOC's rapid growth are our staff’s commitment to our five core values: Lead by Example, Service Before Self, Do the Right Thing, Work Hard/Play Hard and Make it Happen. These core values unite a community of leaders and pioneers in an exciting, fun and always changing work environment.


    NOC career opportunities offer prospects rare opportunities to work in beautiful locations, to grow their skills and to share a passion for active outdoor recreation. Ideal candidates are leaders in the work place that wish to join a unique, values-driven organization. They aspire to excellence in their fields and disciplines and they demonstrate a commitment to the service of others. Above all, they want to provide visitors with unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors. If this sounds like you, we hope you'll apply to join the NOC team.




    We are looking for a Cook to join our team who is excited about providing our Outpost Staff with plenty of high quality food so they can fuel their bodies for peak performance. To excel in this role, you will have to express a love of people through food and have the culinary skills to prepare meals for a large group. 


    If you want to join a family-like community and understand the importance that food plays within it then we encourage you to apply.


    This position is seasonal and operates from mid-May to mid-August. On-site housing is offered to staff for a reasonable cost. 



    • Plan a weekly menu including all ingredients and supplies for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
    • Cook a daily dinner for a staff of about 35. 
    • Plan and maintain a meal budget that is within budgetary parameters. 
    • Place orders and organize food deliveries upon arrival. 
    • Co-ordinate with outpost management to determine meal time schedules; meal times are likely to fluctuate during the season.
    • Minimize food waste by planning and ordering accordingly with demand.
    • Keep outpost kitchen and supply areas clean and organized; keep utensils and appliances clean and in good working order.
    • Clean any food preparation dishes and utensils.
    • Responsible for the upkeep and repair (or arrangement for repair) of all kitchen items. Co-ordinate with outpost management in the event of significant repair or replacement costs to kitchen items.
    • Assist with other outpost tasks as needed.


    • At least one year experience as a cook
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Self-motivated to sustain productive work
    • Positive demeanor
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays
    • Effective and proven time management skills 
    • Ability to:
      • Lift 40lbs
      • Efficiently and effectively work within a commercial kitchen
      • Stand for long periods of time
      • Bend, twist and stoop



    The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to provide a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of this position. As the nature of business demands change, so too may the essential functions of this position.

    The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any and all terms, conditions or privileges of employment including hiring, promotions, termination, training and compensation. The NOC does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic condition or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, where applicable. Furthermore, the NOC is committed to a work environment free of discrimination and harassment through respecting and valuing the diversity among employees and all those with whom the NOC does business.


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