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PENDLE HILL is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community created on our beautiful 24-acre campus in unceded Lenni-Lenape territory and in virtual settings. At Pendle Hill we commit to being a living testimony to a social order that manifests love for everyone. We work to be inclusive, respectful, and supportive of all people, striving for peace and justice.

This is a highly collaborative staff community featuring responsive leadership and partial work-from-home arrangements for office-based employees. Community-building among staff is highly prized with monthly fun activities as part of staff meeting and two longer staff retreat days a year for fun, growth, and connection among all staff. The monthly community work morning provides variety with the opportunity to lend a hand on another team’s project or lead one for staff in your own work area. Learn more about Pendle Hill at

POSITION SUMMARY: The Cook position shares in the responsibility for planning and cooking three meals a day, year-round, for buffet-style meal service that varies in size from approximately 10 to 120 persons. Meals are prepared from scratch under the supervision of the Dining Services Manager using raw ingredients often sourced from our organic garden and local farms. All cooking staff plan and work as a team with shared responsibilities.

REPORTS TO: Dining Services Manager

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Cook assists in planning and preparing meals, homemade baked goods, and desserts with “healthy, sustainable and delicious” as the aim, completing quality control and representing the kitchen to diners as needed. Maintaining the organization and cleanliness of the kitchen, walk-in freezer, storerooms, and all workspaces in line with ServSafe and OSHA standards is key, as is timely reception of food deliveries. For more detailed duties and responsibilities, please review the full job description.


  • Experience cooking for large and small groups (from 10 to 120 people).
  • A working knowledge of healthy nutrition, food allergens and sustainable food practices.
  • An understanding of processing and preserving garden produce.
  • Ability to bake bread and prepare homemade desserts.
  • A demonstrated ability to work under pressure amidst competing priorities and be flexible, working well with a wide range of people (such as guests, colleagues, interns or other trainees and volunteers)
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.


  • ServSafe certification
  • Some experience in team management and supervision of personnel.
  • Experience with OSHA/ServSafe standards


  • A highly welcoming attitude and willingness to provide hospitality for members of, and visitors to, the Pendle Hill community. Openness to a wide range of spiritual beliefs and experiences, cultural backgrounds and practices, and differences (of all kinds).
  • Familiarity with Quaker faith and practices, and a commitment to learning more and/or a willingness to gain, deepen, and nurture such knowledge.
  • Appreciation of the role of Quakerism in the mission of Pendle Hill. Please see our mission, vision, and values statements as part of familiarizing yourself with Pendle Hill.

TIME EXPECTATIONS: This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Out of respect for work-life balance, “full-time” at Pendle Hill is 37.5 hours per week, with 7.5-hour typical workdays. Hours will vary and include occasional evenings, early mornings, weekends, and holidays (with an alternate nearby day selected for observance of the paid holiday).

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:$15.00 – $16.50 per hour, depending on experience, plus benefits including medical, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, generous paid vacation days (20), sick days (15), and holidays (11), and the opportunity to take Pendle Hill courses for free. Additional benefits include one meal a day from the Pendle Hill Kitchen (free to staff except for the tax), a 20% employee discount at the Pendle Hill Bookstore, free copies of all Pendle Hill pamphlets upon publication, a beautiful campus with walking trails and fellowship with people from around the world. Full time staff are eligible for competitively priced on-campus housing (depending on availability, and at Pendle Hill’s discretion).

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Pendle Hill appoints individuals without discrimination based on color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, class, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, ability, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, religious affiliation, or any other category protected by law. Pendle Hill recognizes that some of these categories are social constructs, not rooted in science. Our aim is to be inclusive and affirming.

Pendle Hill staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except for those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.

Pendle Hill is not able to sponsor a work visa for international applicants at this time.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: Pendle Hill will conduct a background check for all candidates prior to hire.

INTERESTED? Please submit the following items to Hannah Mayer at with “Cook” and your last name in the email subject line:

  1. a current resume,
  2. a cover letter that includes how you heard about the position, why you want to be considered and your qualifications (applications received without a cover letter will not be considered),
  3. and contact information for three professional references, at least one of whom has supervised your work.

Review of applications will take place on a rolling bases and continue until the position is filled.