Sous Chef

Job Locations US-ME-Bremen
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Office/Support Services


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



Position Summary

Hog Island is a 333-acre island located in the town of Bremen, Maine. It is the site of the Audubon Camp in Maine, a resident facility that provides on-site instruction in ornithology and natural history and local field trips. A commercial-grade kitchen is part of the dining building known as “The Bridge.” Food and supplies are delivered to the mainland dock and the kitchen staff must transport food to Hog Island by camp boats, a pontoon boat or a small outboard motor boat.


A commercial-grade kitchen is part of the dining building known as “The Bridge.” Food and supplies are delivered to the mainland dock and the kitchen staff coordinates delivery to Hog Island by boat. The kitchen staff, including the Head Chef, Sous Chef, and Kitchen Assistant, with the help of a group of devoted volunteers, provides 3 meals a day for up to 90 people during the course of the 6-day, 5-night camp sessions.


As there is no regular boat transportation service to and from Hog Island and the mainland, the Sous Chef is required to live in Audubon housing on Hog Island in order to perform the functions of this position. Campers and Hog Island staff are provided three meals each day, so early morning preparation is required for breakfast served at 6 or 7 AM and dinner activities may last until 7 or 8 PM. All-day field trips require preparation of picnic lunches and snacks.


A private room with nearby shared bath is available in the Bridge. Meals are provided on Hog Island when the kitchen is in operation. Candidates must be available for the period May 10, 2018 to October 1, 2018. The work schedule is for six-day/ five-night programs, 40 hours per week, and the day revolves around meal planning and service that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Essential Functions

  • Work alongside the Head Chef to prepare meals for up to 90 people (Hog Island staff, volunteers, and participants), for all scheduled Audubon Camp sessions and special events;
  • Assist with set up and close down of kitchen operations at beginning and end of the camp sessions;
  • Provide complete oversight and independent preparation of one meal/day to be determined by Head Chef; assist with a second meal;
  • Assist in overseeing dining room activities and take full responsibility of the kitchen in the absence of the Head Chef;
  • Create and use environmental friendly methods (composting, reusable napkins, etc.) that reflect Audubon’s image as an environmental organization; and
  • Assist the Head Chef with the management of volunteers who provide assistance in both the kitchen and dining room areas; (including meal prep assistance and after-meal clean-up)

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years professional food preparation and hospitality experience, including preparation of quick breads and baking;
  • Experience with operation of Hobart dish sanitizer, range, baking equipment and kitchen appliances;
  • Must hold or be able to obtain a current TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) training card; 
  • Experience handling row boats and outboard motor boats is desirable;
  • Capable of standing for various periods of time, as well as the ability to carry up to 50 pounds; and
  • A positive outlook and the desire to be part of a tight-knit team of passionate people.


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