Senior Line Cook - San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Req #1182
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Are you inspired to be a part of an organization committed to protecting wildlife around the globe? San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a mission-based, non-profit wildlife conservation organization with two world famous front doors where we unite our passion for wildlife, expertise in wildlife care, and conservation science to save species from the brink of extinction. Our commitment is to provide visits to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park as opportunities to learn about and engage with best-in-class conservation work, and how that work is changing outcomes for wildlife everyday.  


The Senior Line Cook performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Senior Line Cook works under minimal supervision, performs a variety of moderately difficult duties and exceeds expectations in the preparation and cooking of food in large quantities. This position reports to the Sous Chef/Executive Chef.


  • Assists Executive Chef in the overall planning and supervision of the kitchen
  • Understands and Executes Complex Recipes
  • Ensures Correct Plate Presentation
  • Maintains Speed of Service
  • Provides Direction for other line cooks
  • Assists Executive Chef in menu planning
  • Prepares and cooks menu items 
  • Ensures that preparations are complete for the day's menu 
  • Prepares main and side dishes for banquets and buffets 
  • Ensures that the kitchens are maintained in a clean and orderly condition 
  • Oversees daily food preparation 
  • Corrects issues that affect food production, service or quality 
  • Provides support to the Executive Chef, Chefs, Manager, Supervisor and Lead of the area 
  • Assists with new hire training and mentors staff 
  • Engages in the organization’s mission and vision 
  • Adheres to all SDZWA and department policies and practices 
  • Models for punctuality and professionalism 
  • Exemplifies the highest standard of work ethics 
  • Performs consistently above organization performance standards 
  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards  


Education, training and/or experience which clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills listed. An example of which would be extensive experience as a cook, completion of a commercial cooking apprenticeship or other training program; experience in other restaurants and operations such as catering or fine dining in a senior capacity. Minimum three years of experience as a cook. Minimum two years of experience in a similar environment. Formal culinary training helpful.


Knowledge of:

  • Proper preparation and cooking methods for a wide variety of food items
  • Proper usage and care of commercial kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Sanitation and safety methods for food preparation and handling
  • Inventory control procedures and best practices
  • Informational Zoo facts desirable
  • Effective customer relations skills
  • Effective leadership skills

Ability to:

  • Cook and bake food in large quantities
  • Understand recipes and menus
  • Evaluate food condition, doneness, and decorations
  • Operate commercial equipment and utensils correctly and safely
  • Train and supervise cooks and kitchen helpers
  • Communicate effectively (written and verbal) 
  • Keep simple records 
  • Use cash register (as needed) 
  • Accurately complete the period-end inventory 
  • Maintain a passing grade on Environmental Health Department tests 
  • Work in a high volume, fast-paced environment 
  • Work in a team environment and motivate others 
  • Multi-task and prioritize 
  • Follow directions effectively 
  • Be a role model in all areas of performance 
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others in a diverse environment 
  • Perform each essential job function at a high level


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program 


Location: San Diego Zoo  

Duration: Year round

Union Position: Starting hourly wage $20.33

If selected, there are union fees and dues to be paid to the Union

Candidates must be available for an interview if contacted. Full job description may be requested at that time.



SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance makes every effort to ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals and abides by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.   

Join our team and build a career protecting wildlife around the globe with your passion for wildlife!

Other details

  • Job Function 9.15
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA