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Canyonlands Field Institute

  • 1320 South Highway 191, Moab, UT
  • cfimoab.org

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Canyonlands Field Institute provides quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau to inspire care of wild places and renew the human spirit. We believe in empowering students of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their connection to their surroundings. Through inclusive educational experiences, CFI seeks to build knowledge within practices of science, artistic expression, and Social and Emotional Learning. We are creating a team of educators with diverse life experiences who are committed to providing opportunities for all types of learners. By joining our educational community, you can help us promote the growth of caring leaders and empowered students who can affect positive change in our world.


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$150 - $150 / day

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Job Overview

Position status: Now Hiring
Type: Seasonal
Pay: $150 per day
Benefits: Free housing in a small RV, wall tent, or Yurt at Professor Valley Field Camp
Meals provided during programming
Schedule: Spring: April 8 – June 28
Fall: August 1- October 31
apply for one or both seasons



Canyonlands Field Institute (CFI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Moab, Utah. For over 38 years we have been rooted in our mission to provide quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau to inspire care of wild places and renew the human spirit. We believe in nurturing students of all ages and backgrounds, connection to self, community, and natural spaces. Through meaningful outdoor educational programming, CFI seeks to build immersive learning experiences by combining place-based science, an unplugged from technology environment, play, exploration, artistic expression, and Social Emotional Learning curriculum. By joining our community, you can help us grow the next generation of caring leaders and environmental stewards, who can affect positive change in our world.


CFI holds diversity and inclusion as core values, and believes that healthy – vibrant human and natural communities are interconnected. We are currently part of the first cohort in the 2-year workshop training series, Working Towards Racial Equity, led by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and Justice Outside, which supports environmental and outdoor science organizations to build capacity to foster equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant work and field environments. As CFI strives for transparency and accountability, we signed the In Solidarity Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, to solidify our public commitment to being part of the solution in moving the outdoor education sector toward being a (natural) space of belonging for all.


The PVFC Cook provides essential support for our camp based programs by leading the preparation of daily meals and managing the kitchen. The camp cook ensures that students and guides remain well-fed and is an integral part of the student experience.

ROLE SCOPE & RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:


  • Communicates with commissary manager about menu and dietary restrictions
  • Organizes and packs menu ingredients during the trip rig
  • Organizes and packs necessary kitchen equipment (propane, linens, condiments, etc.)

During Trip:

  • Ensures that food safety standards are followed throughout the course of the trip.
  • Monitors and ensures that appropriate amounts of ingredients are used throughout the trip.
  • Maintains kitchen equipment and communicates with Operations Director regarding additional maintenance needs.
  • Prepares and cooks meals throughout the course of the program.
  • Oversees and instructs student kitchen crews in meal preparation.
  • Supervises the distribution of food throughout the program and ensures that appropriate portion sizes are offered.
  • Oversees the dish washing and clean-up process following meals.
  • Assists with River Day Shuttle driving as needed.

After the Trip:

  • Make sure all dishware and kitchen implements are properly cleaned and stored.
  • Clean all kitchen surfaces as well as stoves, sinks, and trash receptacles.
  • Manage trash, compost and recycling from the trip.
  • Return any coolers, bins, and boxes used for the trip
  • Unpack and dispose of any partially used ingredients as appropriate
  • Clean out coolers, bins, and boxes and return to the warehouse.
  • Meet with commissary manager to communicate about menu successes and needs for alteration.


  • Current Utah Food Handlers certification
  • Experience with food preparation for large numbers of people
  • Able to communicate effectively with coworkers and supervisors
  • Strong sense of risk awareness and commitment to mitigating risk
  • Comfortable working with youth and fostering a supportive environment
  • Values and works to uphold inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in their work.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule including mornings, nights, and occasional weekends
  • Strong self-management skills
  • CFI requires everyone who comes in contact with youth to take a comprehensive background check.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccine. Reasonable accommodations for candidates who can’t be vaccinated due to valid medical or religious reasons will be considered

Considered Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Current driver’s license and a willingness to participate in and pass Driver Training
  • Maintains a clean driving record, passes and keeps current a DOT physical exam at own expense.


$150 per day


Free housing in a small RV, wall tent, or Yurt at Professor valley field camp

Meals provided during programming


Send a resume and optional cover letter to Operations Director, Nicole Croke at [email protected] with the subject line “PVFC Cook Application.”

We strive to host inclusive and accessible opportunities that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you require any accommodations in the application or interview process, please contact the Operations Director.



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