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All Rounder Support Cook - Lake Macquarie

The Salvation Army

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We are looking for compassionate people who share our mission and values, if you have the passion and drive to commit yourself to a challenging and rewarding role; we invite you to review our current vacancies.


The Salvation Army is one of Australia's largest and most-loved charities, helping thousands of Australians every year find hope in the midst of all kinds of personal hardship. The Salvation Army offers the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need help most.

The Salvation Army Youth Services offer an integrated suite of programs engaging with young people across Australia. Our services create intentional avenues for young people to explore opportunities, build support networks, and access, participate and contribute to their communities. Youth services provide a diverse range of programs which include housing and homelessness, driver training, education, employment and training, AOD support, social and community activities, specialist therapeutic responses and youth justice programs.

Sal's by the lake is located in the middle of the excellent Speers Point Park. The cafe centrally located between the play areas and the lake and provide the best of both worlds.

Sal's a 100% NOT FOR PROFIT CAFE. All proceeds from the cafe's operations are channeled back into the community via The Salvation Army.


We are looking for a skilled all rounder Support Cook that can hold both service areas when required. The main responsibility would be to support our chef in all operations.

As the cook during slow times you will work alone and cover BOH & FOH. You will co-ordinate the kitchen operations and prepare food and beverage for Sal's by the lake. The Second Cook , as part of the role, will be responsible for supporting the first cooks in our three locations. Ordering and facilitating the preparation and serving of food and beverage.

Responsibilities include:

  • Cafe Operations
  • Business Development
  • Program Delivery
  • Team Support
  • Hygiene and Cleaning

Occasionally you will be required to work in other locations.


  • As a registered not for profit organisation in addition to your remuneration you will enjoy generous tax-free salary packaging benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program for you and your immediate family members
  • Corporate Private Health Insurance rates
  • Supportive and encouraging organisation


This is a casual position.


  • An understanding, empathy and appreciation of the values and ethos of The Salvation Army with demonstrated ability to promote the values and ethos of The Salvation Army
  • Ability to work with young people and facilitate on the job training
  • Cert III in commercial cookery or Cert III in hospitality
  • Experience in working in a high-volume café or restaurant environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver food to customers in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated experience in menu development, food preparation and service
  • Ability to manage and purchase food stocks, kitchen supplies and equipment
  • Ability to manage supplies, ensuring adequate stock levels and minimum wastage in line with budget
  • High level of knowledge of workplace and legislated hygiene requirements (HACCP)
  • Excellent communication and staff supervision skills
  • WHS - knowledge of work health safety obligations and to practice these in the workplace in line with TSA policy & procedures and legislation.
  • "Can Do" dynamic attitude
  • Planning, organisational, problem solving and evaluation skills
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of interpersonal skills


  • Current driver's license
  • Current senior first aid certificate (desirable)
  • Valid Working with Children Check

TSA Social Mission embraces diversity and encourages applications from:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,
  • people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex
  • people with a culturally or linguistically diverse background


Robyn Bust at robyn.bust@salvationarmy.org.au using the subject line: All Rounder Support Cook - Lake Macquarie enquiry via EthicalJobs or (02) 4353 9799

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation that is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and protecting them from harm. All child facing roles will require the successful completion of a Working with Children Check. Applicants for all other roles require a mandatory National Police Check.

We value Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Diversity, and Collaboration.

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