Prep Cook (casual)


PHS Community Services Society is urgently hiring Prep Cooks for our Food Program.

We provide nutrition to people in an area of chronic food insecurity, every day of the year. Teams work at commercial kitchens embedded in housing units in Vancouver to produce breakfasts, lunches and dinners, fitting in extras like sandwiches and baked goods as required

It is essential that the Food Program staff provide close attention to proper food preparation practices and portioning, while also being attentive to specific dietary requirements or restrictions.

We’re looking for people who work hard, think on their feet, and operate seamlessly as part of a team.

Why work here?

PHS is recognized as North American leaders in low-barrier housing and harm reduction services. We are innovators, highly regarded across the sector, looking for people to join experienced, supportive teams.

Entry-level position with flexible scheduling. The scheduling is completed monthly, with the opportunity to take additional hours at shorter notice, if it suits you. (You will not be on call.)

It’s a CUPE 5536 union position, and there’s access to our family assistance program.


Job duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Develops creative ways of serving food in a non-institutional manner.
  • Provides creative menu planning and methods for preparing and serving food, serving meals efficiently, hot, and on time.
  • Maintaining the kitchen ordering, receiving and the safe storage of meats, produce and staples.
  • Checking food orders for accuracy, following inventory control procedures for tracking and storing.
  • Keeps all cooking spaces and kitchen equipment clean, maintained and well organized.
  • Demonstrates safe food handling protocols, procedures while preparing and serving food.
  • Attend staff development training programs.
  • Contribute to and help maintain a respectful work environment, working supportively with Peer staff

Education and experience

We are looking for people from all walks of life. Different types of experiences are valued at PHS, including volunteer and lived experience. The ideal candidate for this role has the following qualifications and skills:

  • You have 2-5 years’ experience in a commercial kitchen
  • Current CPR certification is required
  • Current Food Safe certification is required
  • Class 5 Driver’s License is a preferred asset
  • Work experience with marginalized populations considered an asset.

An equal combination of education, training and experience is acceptable.

Terms of employment

Salary: $24.86 p/hr plus 10 per cent in lieu of benefits. Weekend premiums.

This is a unionized position under CUPE 5536.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a criminal records check.

PHS strives to create an inclusive and welcoming workplace that reflects the community we serve. We seek a diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds, and professional and lived experience in our staff. We particularly encourage applications from Indigenous individuals.

To comply with current Public Health Orders, some positions within PHS must be staffed by individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption. Proof of vaccination status will be required for successful applicants for positions covered by the order.

How to apply

Send your resume to  today! Please include a cover letter identifying the position title you are applying for, and the qualities and competencies that would make you a suitable candidate.

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