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The High Mountain Institute is seeking a Kitchen and Wilderness Fellow, a one-year fellowship in the HMI Semester. The ideal job candidate would be interested in developing skills in the areas of food service, wilderness instruction, and education. Responsibilities include on-campus food service, expedition rationing, menu planning, food ordering, budgeting, training others, kitchen curriculum development, and leading extended wilderness expeditions.


About the High Mountain Institute: HMI seeks to connect our students to the natural world and teach them essential leadership and communication skills through participation in a rigorous academic program, extended wilderness trips, and a community of shared responsibility. For more information, please visit



  • Work with HMI’s kitchen manager and help support a commercial kitchen that serves 65-85 individuals (4 days a week). 
  • Prepare healthy food from scratch that meets our mission of “Simple in Means, Rich in Ends.”
  • Ability to accommodate a variety of dietary preferences and food allergies.
  • Run a rations room that supports student expedition group food preparation.
  • Supervise apprentice and student cook crews and provide relevant instruction in food preparation, meal planning, and kitchen safety.
  • Instruct and support on student wilderness expeditions (a total of 5-6 weeks in the field)
  • Possibility to take on teaching or residential life responsibilities.


  • Interest in food service, specifically cooking homemade, nutritious, and delicious meals for large groups.
  • Prior backcountry wilderness experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills, including multi-tasking and delegating
  • Computer Skills (Google Suite)
  • Experience working with high school students
  • Passion for the outdoors and education
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule




  • Must maintain a valid drivers’ license
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and perform frequent squatting and reaching
  • Must be able to backpack for 10-18 days at a time



HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Aimee Goldstein, Administrative Assistant for the HMI Semester, at [email protected]


We will begin our initial review of applications the week of February 24, 2020 and will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Finalists will be invited to HMI for a formal interview.


Correspondence via e-mail is preferred.


The High Mountain Institute is an equal opportunity employer that strives for diversity by honoring the differences of each member of the community. We seek to build a community (of trustees, faculty, staff, and students) that represents ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity and that brings a diversity of experience, background, talent, and perspective.



Management reserves the right to change or add to this job description at any time.