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JOBS AT THE BUCKHORN

 
 

Our inn and grounds are now undergoing renovations to update our guest rooms as well as adding a pool, outdoor and indoor event/meeting spaces, a bocce ball court, and a grand lawn. Once reopened, our 22-room inn, coffee shop, full-service restaurant, bar, and outdoor spaces will be a central hub of activity for both locals and travelers in the Cuyama Valley. We are looking for energetic, passionate staff who are excited to help make the Buckhorn a warm and welcoming place in New Cuyama.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Please email hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com your resume and cover letter explaining your experience and why you want to join our team.

 
 
 
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RESTAURANT MANAGER

One of our property’s most iconic elements is The Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant has many treasured favorites, such as the Santa Maria tri-tip grilled on the property’s cherished Red Oak grill. While The Buckhorn will always offer nostalgic classics, the eatery is also receiving updates, including the addition of the Buck Stop Coffee Shop and a more farm-to-table focused menu. The Buckhorn team is also working on a full catering and events department with banquet menu offerings. The restaurant currently hosts events including, reunions, large birthday parties, car club lunches, and other private events. 

We are looking for someone who is energetic and passionate about hospitality, who wants to help create a warm and inviting gathering place. They must be excited to push this project forward through the renovation and towards new initiatives. We will need someone who has leadership skills, is results driven, and will bring both creative and proactive spirit to their role. The Restaurant Manager will be collaborating in the decision-making of policies, goals, and direction of Cuyama Buckhorn and will be responsible for the successful implementation.

As the Restaurant Manager, you will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Managing the day-to-day restaurant operations with oversight of the entire property

  • Hiring and management of all staff

  • Conducting continual training to ensure that service standards are consistently met

  • Providing leadership and direction to all departments

  • Monitoring and controlling hotel’s P&L reporting against operational expense and labor cost guides

  • Report back to owners on financial reports and any issues that may arise

  • Creating ideas for the property to drive sales, improve the facility, and improve customer satisfaction

  • Increasing staff engagement and morale and improving guest experience

  • Collaborating and implementing marketing and sales initiatives with owners, management, and consultants

  • Building positive relationships with guests, staff, suppliers, and members of the local community and strengthen The Buckhorn’s partnerships

  • Availability during off-hours, when necessary

  • Overseeing all inventory, ordering and assisting in sourcing in alignment of the new locally sourced business model for all F&B offerings

  • Assisting with the creation of SOPs, service guides, training guides, etc. and ensuring all are continually followed and enforced

qualifications:

  • 3-4 years in a leadership role in hospitality, preferably a full-service (BLD) and bar environment

  • Has been on an opening team of a restaurant and/or hotel, a plus!

  • Good understanding of the financials in a hotel and restaurant setting

  • Ability to build a collaborative team and foster trusting relationships

  • Enthusiastic, driven, detail-oriented, and strong project management skills

  • Willing to relocate to Cuyama, CA or commute from a surrounding town/city

Can also be a great future opportunity for a couple, family or local farm / ranch family.

To apply, please email hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com or bring your resume into the Buckhorn!

About cuyama Buckhorn:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.


 

Busser

We are looking for a busser who is hardworking, dependable and has an interest in hospitality/customer service to help make Cuyama Buckhorn a warm and inviting place for the city of New Cuyama and visiting guests. 

Qualifications:

  • Past Restaurant Experience (a major plus, but not required)  

  • Dependable, driven and timely

  • Ability to work independently and on a team

  • Eagerness to explore other areas of our business and be cross-trained in other departments (i.e. serving, barista or bartending)

  • California Food Handlers permit on file or obtained within 30 days of hire

We value the right personality for our company and are willing to train if there is interest or passion.

To apply, please email hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com or bring your resume into the Buckhorn!

About cuyama Buckhorn:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.


BARTENDER

  • Part-time (Friday-Sunday + Special Events)

We are looking for a bartender to work on weekends and during special events at our restaurant and inn. Our ideal candidate is energetic, charismatic, and passionate about hospitality and drinks to help create a warm and welcoming place for the city of New Cuyama and visitors, alike.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have bartending experience and knowledge of beers, cocktails, and wines

  • Dependable, driven, and punctual

  • Ability to work independently, as well as a part of a team

  • Eagerness to explore other areas of our business and be cross-trained in other departments a major plus! (i.e. serving, events, barista or bartending)

  • California Food Handlers permit on file or obtained within 30 days of hire

  • Alcohol Tips Certification on file or obtained within 30 days of hire

We value the right personality for our company and are willing to train if there is interest or passion.

To apply, please email hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com or bring your resume into the Buckhorn!

About cuyama Buckhorn:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.


line cook

We are looking to hire a line-cook who is energetic and passionate about hospitality and cooking and wants to help create a warm and welcoming place for the city of New Cuyama and visiting guests.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepares a variety of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and other food items for cooking in broilers, ovens, grills, fryers and a variety of other kitchen equipment

  • Assumes 100% responsibility for the quality of products served

  • Knows and complies consistently with instructed portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards, and kitchen rules, policies, and procedures

  • Excited to try new things and eagerness to learn

  • Assists Executive Chef with orders and tracking of food quantities

  • Preps, stocks and maintains sufficient levels of food products at line stations to assure a smooth service period

  • Portions food products before cooking according to standard portion sizes and recipe specifications

  • Maintains a clean and sanitary work station area including tables, shelves, grills, broilers, fryers, pasta cookers, sauté burners, convection oven, flat top range, and refrigeration equipment

  • Prepares item for broiling, grilling, frying, sautéing or other cooking methods by portioning, battering, breading, seasoning and marinating

  • Follows proper plate presentation and garnish set up for all dishes

  • Follows sanitation guidelines set forth by Health Department and Executive Chef

  • Handles, stores and rotates all products properly to ensure that the kitchen is fully stocked and that all food being served is as fresh as possible

  • Assists in food prep assignments during off-peak periods as needed

  • Closes the kitchen properly and follows the closing checklist for kitchen stations. Assists others in closing the kitchen

  • Attend all scheduled employee meetings and staff outings

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chef or manager-on-duty

QUALIFICATIONs:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Passion for cooking

  • 0-2 years varied experience in kitchen preparation and cooking

  • Must live or be able to commute to New Cuyama on a regular basis

  • Must be able to communicate clearly with managers, kitchen and dining room personnel

  • California Food Handlers permit on file or obtained within 30 days of hire

We value the right personality for our company and are willing to train if there is interest or passion.

Please send your resume and cover letter to hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com.

About cuyama Buckhorn:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.


server/barista

This position is a barista/server flex position, according to the changing demands of The Buckhorn. Everyday, you’ll be helping to build community and create connections with locals and travelers, either behind our brand new coffee bar or in our historic restaurant. We are looking for someone who is energetic and passionate about hospitality and wants to create a warm and welcoming place for the locals and visitors, alike. 

Qualifications:

  • Past restaurant experience

  • Ability to handle money and operate reservation and POS systems

  • Can stay level headed and efficient during rushes and down time

  • Beverage prep work

  • Latte art (a major plus!)

  • Knowledge of food industry trends and menu creation (a major plus!) 

  • Past experience in working events within restaurants (a major plus!)

  • California Food Handler Card (can be acquired during training)

We value the right personality for our company and are willing to teach if there is interest or passion.

To apply, please email hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com.

ABOUT CUYAMA BUCKHORN:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.


Housekeeper

This position will include maintaining a clean space in our restaurant, and in 22 guest rooms once we reopen our inn after renovations. We are looking for someone who is hardworking and dependable to help make Cuyama Buckhorn a warm, clean and inviting place for all of our guests. 

Qualifications:

  • Past Housekeeping Experience (a major plus!)

  • Dependable and hardworking nature

We value the right personality for our company and are willing to teach if there is interest or passion.

To apply, please email hello@cuyamabuckhorn.com.

ABOUT CUYAMA BUCKHORN:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.


 

EOE STATEMENT

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.