Food Preparation Assistant

To plan and prepare meals for students, staff and volunteers who attend Urban Camps and day programs.

Food Preparation at Brotherhood centre

HOURS: 2 - 3 days a week, flexible, occurs 15 weeks of the year

Summary of program and its objectives:

The Schools Engagement Program is based in Fitzroy and sits within the Chaplaincy and Diocesan Partnerships division. The Program offers a range of experiential learning opportunities about social justice and poverty reduction for young people. This is mainly comprised of social justice ‘Urban Camps’ and day programs, but also extends to in-school incursions and placements for high school and university students. Learn more

Main Responsibilities of the Role:

Plan all meals as required, ensuring all dietary requirements are accounted for. Candidate will be preparing and cleaning up after all camp meals in the community kitchen, ensuring safe food practices are followed during food preparation and a clean and hygienic work space is maintained. The assistant will also be asked to shop for, or order all required food items, including topping up groceris and other supplies whilst on Urban Camp, and to work alongside students to prepare lunch for the Coolibah Community Centre on the last day. The Food Preparation Assistant will ensure any food items purchased at the supermarket can be reconciled accurately with petty cash and include the necessary approved supporting documentation. The successful candidate will also assist in managing an inventory of food items and supplies kept in the urban camp store room and at all times ensure a food safety plan is adhered to with supporting documentation completed in preparing, storing and transporting food.

To meet the selection criteria, the candidate will require:

  • demonstrated experience working in a commercial kitchen and preparing meals
  • demonstrated experience working with and relating to young people
  • ability to work both independently and in a team
  • ability to take initiative
  • ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • an understanding of the issues of social justice, disadvantage and community development
  • understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the BSL
  • current Food Handling Certificate or willing to undertake a Food Handing course
  • current drivers licence
  • willingness to undergo a satisfactory Police Check and Working with Children Check.

To learn more, view the Food Preparation Assistant position description (PDF, 160KB) or phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390

Please email us your written application along with your resume to volunteer(at) Please note that applicants who do not fill out the screening questionnaire, will not be considered for this job.

Screening Questionnaire

Applicants are required to complete the screening questionnaire.

Before you apply

  • read the position description
  • read the what to expect section of our website that outlines what to expect when you volunteer; your rights and responsibilities; and what's involved in a formal application.

How to apply

  • applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire
  • applicants who do not complete the screening questionnaire will not be considered for shortlisting
  • email written applications to: volunteer(at)

 Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application then please contact our volunteer services team at volunteer(at) or contact us on (03) 9483 1390.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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