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The Whidbey Institute employs a dynamic team of full and part-time employees. We also collaborate with a robust community of volunteers and program partners.

The Whidbey Institute uses a self-managing structure to govern our operations and an explicit Social Agreement to consciously evolve our culture.  We invite applicants with experience or interest in self-organization and distributed leadership who are willing to learn new ways of organizing how we work together.

The Whidbey Institute is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

Learn more about our Community Equity Principles.

Current Opportunities

Executive Chef — Heart of the Whidbey Institute

Priority submission deadline is May 31st, 2024. Position open until filled.

Minimum 3 years experience as a chef. Must have experience with banquet, catering, high end batch cooking. Knowledge of vegetarian, vegan and omnivore cooking. Preference for local “farm-to-table” style. Groups average 20-30 participants with occasional large events up to 100+.

Must be familiar with planning breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers and desserts. Experience in hospitality. Planning the menu, ordering all ingredients and supplies, experience in hospitality and management. Ability to lift approximately 40 pounds. Creativity and an understanding of numerous cuisines are a plus. 

This position requires flexible hours and/or the ability to plan staffing coverage for all meals. When groups are lodging onsite, the kitchen typically serves up to 3 meals per day. In the height of our busy season, we can have several large groups back to back with a 24 hour turnaround. During the offseason, our schedule slows down significantly with less frequent groups through the winter. Scheduling and meal coverage for the kitchen would be your responsibility to ensure our guests are nourished and fed in both our busy and slow seasons. Staffing support can include a dishwasher and prep cook when needed. 



Currently, our kitchen is managed as an independent business contracted to use our Commercial Kitchen and fulfill meals to our guests. You would be required to have a Business license, Catering license, and sign a contract for exclusive use of our commercial kitchen. You would be responsible for all upfront expenses and kitchen staffing needs, as well as invoicing the Whidbey Institute for income at the end of each program. 

If running an independent business is not an option for the right candidate, we will bring you on as a direct staff member of the Whidbey Institute at a starting rate of $30-$33 hourly, depending on experience. Benefits include paid time off, sick leave, and holidays, with a sabbatical policy, professional development stipend, and subsidized attendance to Whidbey Institute offerings. You would be paid hourly as opposed to collecting income from groups. 

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Interested in volunteering at the Whidbey Institute? Visit our Volunteer Page for a list of opportunities or contact [email protected] for more information.