Nantahala Outdoor Center

Restaurant Kitchen Staff

Job Locations US-NC-Bryson City
Job ID
Food & Beverage/ Hospitality


For 48+ 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 unmatched retail service, foodservice, lodging, and trip planning services. Behind NOC's success is 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 a rare combination of work in beautiful locations, a chance to grow skills and to share a passion for active outdoor recreation. Ideal candidates are leaders in the workplace 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 guests with unforgettable experiences. If this sounds like you, we hope you'll apply to join the NOC team.  


Job Summary

Join our Food & Beverage team in the beautiful Nantahala Gorge! NOC is hiring kitchen staff in all three of our restaurants – River’s End, Big Wesser, and Relia’s. All cook applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 


  • Maintain organization and cleanliness of the kitchen
  • Maintain food quality and consistency
  • Function as a team player, take direction and work efficiently toward set goals
  • Support teammates and assist other members of the Food and Beverage team as needed
  • Perform kitchen duties as assigned



  • Strong understanding of safe food handling, health code standards, and restaurant cleanliness
  • Ability to function as a team player, take direction, and work independently
  • Thorough understanding of the flow of restaurant operations
  • Dress appropriately for back of house and NOC standards
  • Uphold and follow standards, policies, and procedures
  • Must be able to take direction and take initiative



  • Previous kitchen experience preferred but not required
  • ServSafe certification preferred but not required


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Applicants must be comfortable working on their feet for long periods of time
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs



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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