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Head Chef Position


Posted by Unalakleet River Lodge on 03/15/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Fishing

Job Categories: Hospitality & Lodge Staff

Company Type: TravelandTourism

State: AK

City: Unalakleet

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

Salary: $5,000/Monthly + Tips

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Head Chef 



Overview of the Lodge

The Unalakleet River Lodge is a lodge located on the banks of the Unalakleet River in Unalakleet, Alaska.  The River Lodge hosts 14 guests per week for 8 weeks, providing luxury accommodations, fine dining and premier fishing. The lodge has been in operation for over 30 years and prides itself on quality service, building community and providing guests with a once in a lifetime experience. Because of our remoteness, our staff need to be organized, motivated, flexible, and resourceful. Preparation is key to providing a consistent experience week after week.  This job is perfect for someone who has a passion for creating a unique culinary experience for guests, enjoys nature and the remoteness of lodge living and thrives on working with a motivated team.  


Job Description

As Head Chef your job is to provide a delicious and unique culinary experience for up to 14 guests per week. Your role is to oversee and manage the kitchen, create an exclusive menu for our lodge and manage ordering of all food products while staying within our defined budget. The Head Chef with support from our Sous Chef will be in charge of all guest meals, which includes: breakfast, lunch, hors d'oeuvres (during cocktail hour) and three course dinner.  The Head Chef will coordinate with Sous Chef, server, and dishwasher on daily duties and/or needs to keep the kitchen running smoothly. You will work closely with lodge owners on menu, food orders, and inventory.  Being remote and seasonal, requires set-up and shut down procedures. Kitchen staff will be in charge of getting the kitchen cleaned and prepped for the season as well as shutting down and prepping the kitchen for winter. 


Season Dates

-Job start date at the lodge would be: June 17th, 2024

- Job end date: Sept. 12th, 2024

-Our general season runs from July 14th - Sept 7th but can change according to Mother    Nature and the salmon. 



  • Competitive Pay + Tips.  $5,000 per month + tips 

  • Paid once a month 

  • Private Cabin with private bathroom 

  • Access to the river and fishing 

  • All meals provided 

  • Airfare to and from Unalakleet, AK 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Menu Development: Create innovative and seasonal menus that showcase your skills while incorporating fine dining and staying within a budget. Create menus for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners, and hors d'oeuvre and utilize spreadsheets for menu and ordering lists.  Also be able to adapt menus to cater to the lodge's guests and any special dietary requirements.

  • Kitchen Management: Oversee all aspects of the kitchen operation, including, potential training, and scheduling of kitchen personnel. Ensure a safe and efficient working environment.

  • Food Preparation: Direct the culinary team in preparing dishes, ensuring consistency, quality, and adherence to established recipes and plating standards.

  • Inventory Management: Manage food inventory, ordering, and stock control to minimize waste and maintain cost-effective practices.

  • Quality Control: Implement rigorous quality control measures to guarantee that all dishes meet the lodge's high standards and guest expectations.

  • Budgeting: Work within budget constraints while maintaining the quality and variety of the menu offerings.

  • Safety and Hygiene: Uphold strict food safety and sanitation standards, following health department guidelines and ensuring kitchen cleanliness.

  • Creativity: Stay updated on food trends and incorporate innovative culinary techniques and presentations to continually elevate the dining experience.

  • Collaboration: Coordinate with other lodge departments to plan and execute special events and theme nights.

  • Guest Relations: Interact with guests, accommodating special requests, and addressing any concerns or feedback regarding the dining experience.


Specific Job Requirements

  • Valid U.S. driver's license 

  • Must be able to lift at least 50lbs 

  • CPR certification (preferred but not required) 

  • Willing to get a Alaska Food Worker Card prior to arrival (Employer will provide the training online)  

  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in a remote location.


  • 5+ years Head Chef experience

  • Proven culinary experience as a Head Chef or Executive Chef in a fine dining or high-end restaurant setting.

  • Creativity and a willingness to experiment with new dishes and presentations.

  • 10 + years in restaurant/service industry

  • Extreme passion for food and flavor

  • Diverse culinary background

Kitchen Management:

  • Strong leadership and communication skills to manage and inspire the kitchen team.

  • Create prep list and cooking schedule with sous chef

  • Knowledge of Inventory to manage food ordering

  • Managing a budget 

  • Organizational and multitasking abilities to oversee daily kitchen operations.

  • Knowledge of food safety regulations and procedures.

  • ServSafe certification or equivalent food safety training is a plus.

How to Apply: 

Please email and with your resume, cover letter, and at least 2 professional references. 


About Unalakleet River Lodge

Guided Fishing Trips on the Unalakleet River

Experience the best of the Alaskan Wilderness and the Unalakleet River with a week-long stay at the Unalakleet River Lodge where fishing, dining and luxury come together to create an exciting, family friendly experience. Guests will enjoy private cabins, chef prepared meals and will head out on the river daily, accompanied by knowledgeable guides. Guests can expect quality service, friendly staff and opportunities to relax and unwind. Located 8 miles upriver from the Norton Sound and the village of Unalakleet, it stands as the only fishing lodge on the river, ensuring an uncrowded and serene environment.

Premier Fishing on the Unalakleet River

  • Rich Diversity of Fish: The Unalakleet River, a National Wild and Scenic River, spans 140 miles of prime fishing territory. It is home to King Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Silver or Coho Salmon, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, and a native population of Arctic Grayling.
  • Access and Expertise: With no road systems or fly out operations nearby, the lodge provides guests with a guided fishing experience in 16 & 18 foot aluminum boats. Our guides are experienced anglers and teachers, ready to cater to various fishing methods and skill levels, with all tackle and equipment provided for Fly, Spey, and conventional fishing.

Luxury and Comfort Beyond Fishing

The Unalakleet River Lodge is not just about fishing; it’s about experiencing the best in comfort and service. Our nearly one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio ensures personalized attention, catering to every need, big or small.

Accommodation and Dining

  • Private Cabins: After a day on the river, relax in private cabins equipped with full baths, fine comforts, and hot water heaters.
  • Gourmet Meals: Enjoy meals crafted by culinary experts, featuring local and diverse cuisine suited for every palate and dietary requirement.
  • Evening Entertainment: The lodge offers a fully stocked bar, wildlife viewing from the deck, and indoor activities like card games and puzzles, perfect for unwinding in the Alaskan twilight.

At Unalakleet River Lodge, every aspect of your stay is designed for an unforgettable Alaskan Salmon Fishing experience.