2018 Employment OpportunityCook Assistant

NPC heritagecanning

Cook Assistant 

North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site

Port Edward, British Columbia

May 15 – Sep 15/18

$12 - $14/ hour depending on experience

Please submit a covering letter and resume, by Friday March 16, 2018, to Laurie Davie, General Manager at manager@northpacificcannery.ca – include the position you are applying for in the subject line.  

Job Description:

North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site is seeking a part time Cook Assistant to work at our Messhouse Café on site. He/she would assist the Head Cook in all aspects of food preparation and serving of meals, ensuring they comply with all food service standards. He/she would prepare all ingredients to use in cooking (chopping and peeling vegetables, cutting meat etc.) He/she would help keep a sanitized and orderly environment in the kitchen. He/she would help in the monitoring of stock and learn to do placement orders when there are shortages. The candidate would ensure all food and other items are stored properly each day. The candidate would also be responsible for taking food orders from patrons and running the Point of Sale System.  


Preference will be given to candidates with 1+ years of professional restaurant cooking experience. Candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, superior customer service skills, be energetic, organized, self-motivated, possess excellent communication skills and be a team player. The Assistant Cook should have training in foods, nutrition, dietetics, and/or child food preparation. 


Orientation will include an extensive tour of the heritage site, where the candidate will be briefed on the North Pacific Cannery’s history, past programs, events, strategic goals and interpretation goals. As part of the orientation process, employees will also be required to read and understand the Employee Handbook which specifically outlines the policy and procedures of the organization. This includes a comprehensive health and safety, as well as an emergency plan.  


The Cook Assistant will report directly to the Head Cook. The Assistant Cook will have the opportunity to experience the day to day activities of a busy restaurant. This will involves developing superior customer service skills, taking food orders, learning a restaurant Point of Sale System, learning food prep, proper preparation of their work station, gaining an understand of proper sanitation and proper food storage and the general operation requirements of a restaurant.

Characteristics of City / Region 

North Pacific Cannery is located in pristine wilderness surroundings on the Skeena River in the town of Port Edward, located 20 km south of Prince Rupert with a population of 544. Prince Rupert is a port city with a population of 12,000 and serves as the land, air, and water transportation hub of BC’s north coast. The region is characterized by temperate rainforest, resource-based industry, and cultural diversity. 

Mission & Mandate of Host Organization 

North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site preserves, exhibits and interprets the history of the West Coast Fishing Industry, celebrating its role in the economic and cultural development of the province. The site is integral to a local, regional, and national identity, is significant as one of the few intact salmon canneries that remain on the west coast of North America, and continues to be relevant as a tourist destination and community hub today. 

NPC aims to be: a collective memory for the industrial fishery on the Skeena River and British Columbia; a cultural hub for the community, attracting the local population for arts and sports events; and a key driver of economic transformation in the development of a sustainable tourism industry for the region.