Cook 1/Harvester Trainee

Cook 1/Harvester Trainee


Reports To:
NWITC Director, Stephanie Tompkins

FLSA Status:  
Non – Exempt

TS Range: 

Opening Date:
May 8, 2015

Closing Date: 
Open until filled

Responsible for the overall Native foods and medicines gardens including food preparation, menu planning, weeding, planting and tending to the gardens. Teaches the cooks how to prepare culturally appropriate food that responds to the nutritional needs of Native American patients recovering from alcoholism and addiction; low fat, low sugar meals with an accent on fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates, using the plants and medicines to help improve current patient health. The successful applicant will sign a training plan.

(Other duties may be assigned)

Design and teach diets/meals to insure tasty and attractive foods are served to patients, guests and staff with focus on Native American culture, low fat, low sugar food with an accent on fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates.

Harvest plants, berries and vegetables from gardens and other locations.
Present workshops and train kitchen staff in how to prepare foods for the patients, and teach patients how to maintain the gardens.

Continuously do research to expand the foods and medicines programs.

Teach patients and kitchen staff how plants can be used as medicines and what areas in the body each plant can be used to improve (i.e. blood pressure, diabetes, heart, pregnancy energy etc.)

Educate patients on how to improve certain medical conditions with traditional medications and foods.

Create and maintain a positive atmosphere in the kitchen.

Teach patients how to prepare medicines from the garden including salves, teas, and other herbal medicines.

Prepare herbal teas and medicines for patients through the traditional pharmacy.

Maintain gardens (planning, weeding, planting and tending to) and teach patients how to create and maintain a spiritual balance around the gardens and premises.

Implement and maintain a compost system teaching the patients and staff all about compost and how to maintain and use the dirt for the gardens while maintaining an eco-friendly environment.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

High School Diploma/GED and one year of experience in a residential facility as a cook which included menu planning, special diet planning and preparation and provision of nutritious, tasteful and attractive meals. One year of experience should include responsibility for safe operation and maintenance of kitchen and food related equipment, and purchasing food supplies and equipment. OR three years of relevant experience.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common factions, and decimals.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Must have Food Handlers Permit. Experience working with Native Americans preferred. Registration as a Dietitian by the American Diabetic Association preferred.  Must have a current Washington State Driver’s License and be able to transport patients. Must be insured by the Tribe’s insurance carrier.
Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Special vision requirements for this position are close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less);  distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); color vision (ability to distinguish colors); peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point); depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships); ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.)
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to warm, wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather and weather), and work near moving mechanical parts or be at risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The successful candidate must be able to pass a criminal and employment background check. Applicants who have been a patient of the NWITC programs must have one year of sustained recovery.

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.

Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.
Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781.