Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Now Hiring Experienced Cooks!
You: have mad skills, stamina and experience in the restaurant or outdoor guiding industries = you LOVE to work.
You: exhibit joyous enthusiasm, character, integrity, humor, self-reliance, extreme competence, a love of salt and butter, a lack of addictions, and lots of human goodness.
We: are a beautiful & busy restaurant in a stunning location with a fully-booked dining room, an awesome organic farm and a team of 40+ amazing people.
We: are a values-driven business rooted in sustainability, offering education and opportunity in a meaningful, heart-felt hard-core work environment.
Do you know how wild and remote Boulder is? The nearest hospital and box stores are two hours away.
Do you have your own transportation? You need a car or motorcycle. You just do. Got it?
You MUST be an omnivore, able to taste, enjoy and talk in an informed way about the food we grow and serve. We are NOT a vegetarian restaurant, though we are a deeply intentional business with extremely serious food values. We get it, that the world is a dangerous place and the food system is corrupt out there. We are in an old ranching town and we buy the meat that we serve and eat from local ranchers who grass feed and finish their beef and lamb. Our daily staff meals are made from the same ingredients we lovingly grow, source and craft by hand for our customers. Vegetarians and vegans will do well with our food offerings if they can comfortably claim 'Omnivore' as their label when they are in our community.
Housing is hard to come by in Boulder. We currently have rooms available for rent in our beautiful eight bedroom staff house. (Each room has a door and only one human.) Shared bath, common rooms, and kitchen. We offer free wifi and laundry, plus a garden plot.
Boulder is a small community of 200+ during the warm months. The community offers a wide range of services mainly outdoor backpacking and hiking guided tours of the area. Most guides do give our employees 'local' discounts. In Boulder there is a Saturday Farmers Market, The Anasazi State Park, Horse Back Riding, Yoga, Pickle Ball, Volleyball, Music events,and the Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Many other opportunities and events are offered through out the season.
We’re seeking long-term volunteers for our farm.
We are excited to hear from enthusiastic, open-hearted and hard-working people interested in joining us for work in Boulder in exchange for education, meals and rustic accomodations. Our season runs from March until the end of November.
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You should be familiar with our town, our mission and our cookbook.
Our Hell’s Backbone Grill farm is located at 6,300′ elevation on 6.5 acres in a beautiful valley in south central Utah between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, off of Scenic Highway 12 and surrounded by the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument and Dixie National Forest.
Our restaurant is a pioneer in the “Farm to Table” movement and has won many national and state awards for our cuisine. We believe the best ingredients come from fresh, organic, locally raised food. A big part of our mission, besides growing healthy beautiful food, is to educate our guests and the public.
We’re in our 11th year of production (and 18th season of the restaurant) and are a very specific market farm, with the market being our award-winning restaurant. We grow exclusively to meet produce needs for our kitchen for the 9-month season that the restaurant is open, serving three meals a day, seven days a week.
Volunteers participate in all aspects of the farm, from bed preparation and seed sowing, to animal care (150 chickens, 15 goats), visitor education, grounds maintenance, greenhouse work, weeding, harvesting, and processing. Supervision is provided by our managers and farm staff. Most of our work is done by hand, but we do some work with a tractor also.
All produce and fruit grown (in 2014 we grew over 18,000 pounds of produce and fruit!) goes to our restaurant, either for immediate use on the menu or to be “put-up” for later in our extensive preserving operation.
Volunteers camp on the grounds of the farm, with kitchen and bathroom facilities located nearby. Meals are served at the restaurant just 2 miles from the farm. Having a vehicle is critical as there is no public transportation within 150 miles of the farm. Boulder is considered to be the most remote town in the lower 48.
We are NOT a vegetarian restaurant, though we are a deeply intentional business with extremely serious food values. We get it, that the world is a dangerous place and the food system is corrupt out there. We are in an old ranching town and we buy the meat that we serve and eat from local ranchers who grass feed and finish their beef and lamb. Our daily staff meals are made from the same ingredients we lovingly grow, source and craft by hand for our customers. Vegetarians and vegans will do well with our food offerings if they can comfortably claim “Omnivore” as their label when they are in our community.
We have found that our volunteers learn the most and get the most out of this experience when they stay for at least 2 weeks. We occasionally accept volunteers for less time, but prefer longer commitments.
We’re looking for kindhearted, self-reliant, enthusiastic, strong, gentle, well-mannered, engaged souls who want to lean in, learn and contribute.
We love dogs, but ask that you leave yours at home without prior arrangements.
Please let us know your superpowers and how they might dovetail with our needs- we occasionally hire volunteers to stay on with us as paid employees of the restaurant, as volunteering is a wonderful way to learn compatibility and strength.