Orama Oasis

Catering Manager - Enjoy Island Community Life (Great Barrier Island)

Orama Oasis


Applications Close - End of Day: 31-03-2020

Accommodation + modest stipend

New Zealand

Work type:

  • Be an integral part of a Christian community and create a welcoming environment
  • Plan and create meals, budget, train volunteers and lead a team
  • Lifestyle role on Great Barrier Island

Enjoy working in a Christian community as a live-in Catering Manager.  The kitchen/dining is the heart of the community with visitors and residents coming together, so you’ll create a welcoming environment.  Manage this commercial kitchen producing quality food en masse for 20 - 200 people depending on guest numbers. 

You’ll plan meals, order food, budget, manage the food safety plan, train volunteers, generally organise the kitchen, manage the team and ensure meals are prepared as needed.    You’ll lead a Cook, several volunteers and rostered assistance to cook varied, delicious and nutritious meals, while catering for allergies and unique needs, all within budget.

Either an experienced cook or qualified chef, likely from a camp, resort or hotel background you have solid catering experience.  You’re used to cooking for groups and delivering one meal for most, with some alternatives for dietary requirements.  You’re able to maintain the quality of food and provide variety to keep meals interesting for long-staying guests.  You can plan and stay within budgets.  You run an organised, tidy and clean kitchen and can manage the team to do the same.  Naturally you have a welcoming attitude and real sense of hospitality to create comradery in the kitchen and around meal times.

Orama Oasis is a dynamic, diverse residential Christian community based on Great Barrier Island with a vibrant history of restoring and equipping people for life’s journey. Every year more than 2500 visitors come to enjoy a holiday adventure, a spiritual retreat or a training school at Orama.  We hold the tension of diversity amidst a disposition to love - God, each other, our neighbours - all who come to our door.  We are committed to living sustainably and in harmony with each other, the earth and the natural environment and minimising the impact we make.  

The role is not a career job but rather a call to community living with people of shared faith.  You’ll contribute your hospitality and cooking skills for salary (in line with a NFP), and accommodation will be arranged that suits your personal or family situation.

So, if you feel the calling to be an integral member of a Christian community and have a heart for community living, contributing your great food and presence, let’s talk!