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Cook – Full Time

PENDLE HILL is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center located on 24 beautiful acres in unceded Lenni-Lenape territory. We are a mission-driven organization that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community created on our campus and in virtual settings. 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 many community-building opportunities, like biannual staff retreats for fun, growth, and connection, monthly fun activities as part of staff meeting, and the opportunity to serve on various committees. We also have monthly community work mornings, which provide 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 serves up to 100+ guests per meal. 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  

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. 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: $16.50 per hour, 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).  


  1. Assist in planning and preparing meals with “healthy, sustainable and delicious” criteria as the aim for each meal.  
  2. Set up, introduce, and clean up meal service in collaboration with other kitchen staff.  
  3. Assist in maintaining staple items inventory.   
  4. Bake bread and prepare homemade refreshments and desserts as needed.  
  5. Participate in the work of catered events.  

See full list of duties in the job description. 


  1. A working knowledge of healthy nutrition, food allergens and sustainable food practices.  
  2. An understanding of processing and preserving farm produce.  
  3. Ability to bake bread and prepare homemade desserts.  
  4. 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)  
  5. Ability to lift 50lbs. 
  6. A willingness to work irregular weekend hours.  


  1. 1 – 2 years’ experience cooking in restaurants or catering.  
  2. ServSafe certification  
  3. Some experience in team management and supervision of personnel.  
  4. Experience with OSHA/ServSafe standards   
  5. Valid driver’s license, or alternative mode of transportation.  


  • 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). 
  • Either a familiarity with Quakerism or a willingness to learn about it, as well as an appreciation for the role of Quakerism in the mission of Pendle Hill.  
  • A commitment to abiding by all Pendle Hill policies, including maintaining a fragrance-free campus. 

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 Capen Burbank, at, with “Cook” and your last name in the email subject line: 

  1. a current resume, 
  2. and contact information for three references, at least two of whom are professional references. 

Review of applications will take place on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date is as early as August 14th.