YMCA Howman’s Gap- Catering Coordinator

Are you looking for an impactful role in the spectacular alpine environments that regional Victoria has to offer? Are you seeking a lifestyle change that is far more than just a “winter gig”? YMCA Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, located in the Falls Creek region, is seeking a passionate leader and skilled chef to join the dynamic team in the High Plains of Victoria.

About Howmans Gap Alpine Centre
Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is an alpine centre and adventure camp located by Falls Creek, and managed by YMCA Camps. Catering to schools and groups year-round, the team at Howmans Gap run a variety of programs and activities to suit every group, from skiing and tobogganing in winter, to orienteering and mountain biking in summer.

Featuring state-of-the-art accessible accommodation, cosy cottages, and full catering options, Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors, come snow or sunshine.

About the Role
The Catering Coordinator role is a permanent full time role, with the opportunity to live onsite at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre.

As the Catering Coordinator, you will undertake duties required to ensure all camp catering functions are carried out effectively and efficiently. This position is a leadership position, and in this hands-on role you will have the responsibility for supervising, directing and training catering staff as well as working directly in the kitchen.

As Catering Coordinator, you will be responsible for:

  • The provision and preparation of food for camp clients, including the coordination of special diets
  • Ensure sufficient staff are rostered to meet the needs of the groups on site
  • Prepare and serve meals that provide a healthy balanced diet, ensuring sufficient quantity and variety, and professional presentation at all times
  • Applying best practice as outlined in the camp’s food safety program
  • Undertakes a range of operational tasks within established policies and procedures utilising acquired skills and knowledge
  • Coordinate the cleaning of the dining hall and kitchen to meet the needs of groups arriving and leaving
  • Undertake general cooking duties, including baking and pastry cooking
  • Delivery of catering functions ensuring the highest level of quality and safety is achieved
  • Assisting in the training, coordination and supervision of Kitchen Assistants and other catering team members
  • Upholding the values of the YMCA at all times

About You
You are a skilled chef with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, which will allow you to build strong and positive relationships with a number of stakeholders. You will have experience in the hospitality and/or catering industry. You will be well-organised, committed to excellent customer service and have the ability to apply best practice as outlined in the camp’s Food Safety Plan and to ensure compliance with local government requirements and YMCA policies and procedures.

In return, YMCA Victoria offers you flexible working, living and rostering arrangements, opportunities for career development and growth, and a range of further benefits. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to discuss onsite housing upon appointment.

Mandatory Pre-Requisite Qualifications

  • HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • SITXFSA001 – Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety
  • Current Drivers License

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • SITXFSA002 – Participate in Safe Food Handling Practices
  • VU21658 – Manage Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace
  • VU21800 – Provide First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis
  • VU21801 – Develop Risk Minimisation and Risk Management Strategies for Anaphylaxis

At the Y, we are committed to empowering all Children and Young People to feel safe and be safe. As such, we ensure that all of our candidates are appropriately screened (including police check, working with children check and reference checks). To learn more about our commitment to safeguarding children and young people visit victoria.ymca.org.au

In keeping with current Victorian health directions it is a requirement that staff attending our facilities are fully vaccinated. Please be aware that you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status as part of the recruitment process.


At the YMCA, we value our people. Working for us means you’ll enjoy great work/life balance and a range of benefits which improve your wellbeing and help you develop as an individual, such as:

  • Opportunity to live and work onsite at Howman’s Gap Alpine Centre
  • Flexible working and rostering arrangements
  • Opportunities for career development and growth
  • Free access to gyms, recreation, and aquatics centres across the state
  • Free access to the Virtual Y – online health and wellness

How to Apply
Working for the YMCA is a rewarding and challenging experience for those with a positive attitude, zest for life and who seek to contribute to the bigger picture. If this is you, click here to apply.