Nutrition Specialist (Cook)

Reference Number: 20210531.01

The kitchen is the heart of the home.

The same old routine can get redundant and mindless. Having a new challenge to problem solve brings excitement into a position. At Hope’s Home, our Nutrition Specialists get to experience just that. Their responsibilities go beyond just cooking the staff and children’s lunch. They get to find new ways to teach the kids about healthy eating and brainstorm inclusive meals that all children can eat regardless of diabetes, allergies, or any other medical condition.

And that is just the beginning! The Nutrition Specialist is truly a unique position to Hope’s Home. Not only are you our cook for the centre, but you get the opportunity to act as an educator, a role model, and a support for the kids. So, if you have a passion for cooking, children, and a curiosity to learn something new – then this is the position for you.

Why choose Hope’s Home?

  • Enjoy complete creative control on the menu and food purchases. You have the freedom to make your own decisions.
  • There’s nothing better than working in a home-like environment. Start your day with a relaxing cup of coffee and good company as you complete your prep work.
  • Tired of repetitive meals and the same thing each day? This position is much different from a line cook. At Hope’s Home each day will be different starting with the meals you choose and the children attending that day.
  • Consistency! You will work Monday – Friday, with hours being the same each day. No evenings, no weekends, guaranteed hours, and not getting called in unexpectedly.
  • As the Nutrition Specialist, you will get to see the look of pride and happiness on the kids’ face as they help you complete day-to-day kitchen tasks.
  • With education being a main philosophy, we greatly encourage professional development opportunities, and we make it as easy as possible to access them.
  • We are a family first working environment. This means we understand that things happen, and situations need to be dealt with. Whether that’s a family emergency or a minor crisis – you can ask for the time you need, stress free.


Menu Planning & Food Preparation.

  • Plan and prepare two snacks per day and a nutritious lunch.
  • Purchase the food quantities based on the budget you helped to create with your manager, and your menu plan for the week.
  • Be conscientious of nutritional standards and regulations as set by the Ministry of Education Early Learning & Childcare branch.
  • Be aware of any allergies, special diets, and ethnic customs for all children and provide alternate foods to suit their needs.
  • Ensure quality and safety of food by performing proper sanitary measures including washing of the floors, cleaning of surfaces, as well as proper covering and storage of food items according to standards and procedures.
  • Be proactive in your day-to-day activities. Plan and prepare for future needs to ensure correct quantities are prepared and ordered to meet daily needs and budgets.
  • Report and adhere to all OH&S regulations including blood borne pathogens, infection control, use of hazardous materials and fire safety.
  • Keep weekly records of expenses and tracking current food stock.
  • Perform housekeeping duties in relation to food services including kitchen, storage areas, work surfaces, and equipment.

Beyond the kitchen.

  • Develop food related experiences for children to teach them about topics such as healthy eating and basic food preparation.
  • Be involved with special events such as barbecues or bake sales that require food preparation.
  • Inspire mini chefs in the making by spending one-on-one time with the children to teach them basic cooking skills.
  • Maintain a sanitary, healthy, and inviting kitchen workspace.
  • Be ready to take on tasks outside the kitchen that could include direct care with the children if the Early Learning & Childcare manager needs an extra set of hands in the classroom.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to expand your expertise such as courses in nutrition, menu planning, or childcare nutritional concerns.
  • Work alongside the nurses and caregivers to create individualized menus for special dietary needs such as diabetic carbohydrate counting, gluten free, or ketogenic.


  • Food Skilled Trade Certificate/diploma or experience cooking for large, diverse groups.
  • Completion of the Food Safety Course.
  • Knowledge of menu planning, food cost controls, and nutrition.
  • Superior time management skills, multitasking skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Possess the ability to handle physically demanding and challenging tasks.
  • Physical ability to perform and safely work with objects or persons of varying sizes:
    • Exertion of ~100 of force occasionally
    • Exertion of ~50 of force regularly
    • Exertion of ~25 of force continuously


Job Type: Temporary Full time. Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Term: June 15th, 2021 – February 3rd, 2023, possibility of extension.

Salary: Starting at $17.37/hr

Location: Warman

Application Deadline: June 14th, 2021

Still not sure if this position is the right fit?

Read a staff testimonial from Kristal, our Nutrition Specialist in our Regina South location.

“As a cook in the food service industry you are often expecting long hours, working evenings, weekends, and holidays, in a hot, stressful environment for a less than desirable wage. Hopes Home is different…I absolutely love it here. I work Monday-Friday days (almost unheard of if the food service industry) make a comparable wage, and have good benefits. I am given flexibility with menu planning and food preparation, and if I need help, there’s staff that are always willing to help out when I need it. The management team communicates well and listens, accommodates when needed, and makes sure every staff member feels valued. They genuinely care about the staff that work there and are a great group of people to work with. I am lucky to have found such a great place to cook and use my skills!”