Jobs at the buckhorn

 

 

Our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe life back into Cuyama Buckhorn with a fresh midcentury design. It will be a 22-room boutique hotel with a coffeeshop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers. We are looking for energetic, passionate staff who are excited to help make the Buckhorn a warm and inviting 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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executive chef

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management and our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe new life into The Buckhorn and the entire Cuyama Valley. Once complete the Inn will be a 22 - room boutique hotel with a coffee shop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

Opened in 1952, The Buckhorn has been an institution for locals and driver’s by from Santa Maria to Bakersfield for decades, as well a destination for car and motorcycle clubs. We are looking for an Executive Chef to run our restaurant and manage our kitchen; reinvigorate the Buckhorn menu; help build partnerships with local farms to source fresh food; train and excite the restaurant team on the restaurant changes; and restore/improve this iconic restaurant.

We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for creating memorable dining experiences. Our ideal candidate would be low-ego, talented, and possess strong leadership skills with previous experience designing menus and training kitchen staff. This candidate should be willing and eager to create their own farm-to table culinary experience.

(Since we are a destination location, we are open to conversation regarding logistics and willing to assist in relocation for the right candidate.)

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:

  • 3-4 years minimum as a CDC or Exec Chef

  • Passion for food and entertaining

  • An entrepreneurial spirit with strong leadership and organizational skills

  • Culinary creativity/vision

  • Ability to train a kitchen staff. There is heavy training involved in this position

  • Experience with cost control, P&Ls, and purchasing

  • Enjoys building relationships within the food/supply industry

  • Experience designing menus

  • Experience utilizing seasonal products in unique, interesting ways

  • Experience curating a culinary experience

Qualifications:

  • California Food Handlers card (within 30 days of hire)

  • 3-4 years minimum as a CDC or Exec Chef

  • Past kitchen/restaurant training experience

  • Experience with cost control, budgeting, P&Ls, and purchasing

  • Ability to create a menu that creatively manages food costs and waste, while utilizing product from the local farms and ranches in the area

  • Advanced understanding of professional cooking and knife handling skills

  • Understanding and knowledge of safety, sanitation and food handling procedures

  • Knowledge of health department rules and regulations, liquor laws and regulations

  • Must be able to work nights, weekends, events and some holidays

  • Knowledge of kitchen operations and production

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work in groups as well as lead a team and provide continuous training to subordinatesWe value the right personality for our company and are willing to teach if there is interest or passion.

This is a very unique and special circumstance, where you can really make your vision into a reality. We are willing to be flexible and help out qualified candidates.

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


food & beverage manager/team

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management and our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe new life into The Buckhorn and the entire Cuyama Valley. Once complete the Inn will be a 22 - room boutique hotel with a coffee shop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

Opened in 1952, The Buckhorn has been an institution for locals and driver’s by from Santa Maria to Bakersfield for decades, as well a destination for car and motorcycle clubs. We are looking for a Food & Beverage Manager or duo/team, to reinvigorate the Buckhorn menu, help build partnerships with local farms to source local food, train and excite the restaurant team on the restaurant changes and restore/improve this iconic restaurant.

We are looking for someone/a pair with an entrepreneurial spirit/s, and a passion for creating memorable dining experiences. Our ideal candidate/s would possess strong leadership skills and previous experience managing and inspiring a FOH staff.  They should have a strong understanding of customer service and a knowledge of how to create and maintain a smooth running operation.

(Since we are a destination location, we would be interested in potentially hiring a team/couple and would be willing to assist in relocation for the right candidate/s.)

job duties:

  • Manage all aspects of operating a successful and profitable restaurant and bar while providing a memorable guest experience.

  • Maintain our unique ambiance through daily implementation of SOPs, staff training, consistency in quality food and beverages. Detailed presentation to be consistent and implemented in all FOH areas of operation.

  • Manage the floor, greet and seat customers, resolve any customer complaints or staff issues in a calm and professional manner. Generate incident reports as needed.

  • Assist in planning/managing restaurant events

  • Perform daily stand up meetings with staff at the beginning of each shift.  Observe and evaluate workers and procedures in order and raise the bar on quality and service.

  • Schedule F+B staffing and monitor payroll and overtime according to business levels. Ensure that all regulated breaks are adhered to.

  • Continuously train both new and old FOH staff

  • Set a good example for staff with regards to professionalism, punctuality, personal presentation, attendance, and attitude.

  • Advise staff of unavailability of food or beverage items, food or drink specials, wines, etc., and any other relevant information in order to ensure efficient operation of the Bar and Restaurant. Ensure staff is updated on all new menus items and can describe dishes appropriately.

  • Update POS codes to reflect current menu offerings. Ensure all services delivered within the Restaurant and Bar operation are being charged correctly. Inspect voids and comps daily.

  • Oversee all beverage related purchases to ensure that quality and inventory levels are in line with property needs. Manage cost and usage.

  • Work with Exec Chef to Inspect supplies, equipment, and cleanliness and organization of FOH and BOH to ensure efficiency, organization, safety and sanitation standards.

  • Perform Health Dept spot checks on a consistent basis and walk through with inspector as needed.

  • Develop good relationships with surrounding neighborhood businesses and stay on top of industry trends. Assist in maintaining and building strong relationships with local farms.

  • Develop departmental objectives, SOPs, budgets, policies, procedures and strategies and meet specified goals.

  • MOD shifts as required.

job requirements:

  • Minimum 3-4 years’ experience in food and beverage supervision or management. Serv-Safe Certification required (within 30 days of hire).

  • Must have excellent customer service and training skills. Ability to prioritize training as part of a busy work day. Ability to motivate all staff members to improve quality of service, and presentation on a daily basis.

  • Previous bartending experience required and solid knowledge of beverages and current industry trends.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Solid experience with POS systems.

  • Strong customer relations/hospitality skills.

  • Team building spirit and ability to recruit like-minded individuals effectively.

  • Creative approach to increasing revenue and enhancing our guest experience.

  • Previous experience handling HR issues and managing staff in a professional and positive manner.

  • Able to work late evening shifts and have flexibility in schedule including, weekends, events and holidays.

  • Able to work extended shifts with long periods of standing/walking/lifting up to 50 lbs as needed.

This is a very unique and special circumstance, where you can really make your vision into a reality. We are willing to be flexible and help out qualified candidates.

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


line cook

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management and our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe new life into The Buckhorn and the entire Cuyama Valley. Once complete the Inn will be a 22 - room boutique hotel with a coffee shop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

Opened in 1952, the Buckhorn has been an institution for locals and driver’s by from Santa Maria to Bakersfield for decades, as well a destination for car and motorcycle clubs. 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 inviting 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 savannah@cuyamabuckhorn.com.


 

BARTENDER

  • Part-time (Friday-Sunday)

  • Events

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management and our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe new life into The Buckhorn and the entire Cuyama Valley. Once complete the Inn will be a 22 - room boutique hotel with a coffee shop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

Opened in 1952, the Buckhorn has been an institution for locals and driver’s by from Santa Maria to Bakersfield for decades, as well a destination for car and motorcycle clubs. We are looking to hire a bartender who is energetic and passionate about hospitality and drinks and wants to help create a warm and inviting place for the city of New Cuyama and visiting guests.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of beers, cocktails, and wines, a must!

  • Must have serving and bartending experience

  • 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 savannah@cuyamabuckhorn.com.


Barista / front desk

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management and our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe new life into The Buckhorn and the entire Cuyama Valley. Once complete the Inn will be a 22 - room boutique hotel with a coffee shop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

Opened in 1952, the Buckhorn has been an institution for locals and driver’s by from Santa Maria to Bakersfield for decades, as well a destination for car and motorcycle clubs. We are looking to hire a barista/front of desk who is energetic and passionate about hospitality and drinks and wants to help create a warm and inviting place for the city of New Cuyama and visiting guests.

Barista responsibilities:

  • Ability to handle money and operate reservation and POS systems

  • Work clean while servicing guests

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

  • Beverage prep work

  • Latte art (a major plus!)

  • Cleaning

  • Assisting with hotel/restaurant, when needed

front desk responsibilities:

  • Greet all guests who walk through the doors

  • Educate guests about the property, city, and menu items

  • Check people in and out of rooms

  • Answering phone and guest inquiries

  • Manual bookings through the phone

  • Settling balance for hotel guests

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year experience in a barista or front desk position

  • Have the personality to gain repeat guests

  • Food handlers certification (can obtain during training)

  • Knowledge of manual/automatic espresso machines and coffee in general

  • Dependable and open to helping out the team

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

To apply, please email savannah@cuyamabuckhorn.com.


server

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management! We are looking for a server to join our team at The Cuyama Buckhorn. Our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe life back into Cuyama Buckhorn with a fresh midcentury design. It will be a 22-room boutique hotel with a coffeeshop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

We are looking for someone who is energetic and passionate about hospitality and wants to create a warm and inviting place for the city of New Cuyama. 

Qualifications:

  • Past Restaurant Experience

  • 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 (or willingness to acquire one upon hiring)

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

To apply, please email savannah@cuyamabuckhorn.com.


Busser

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management! We are looking for a busser to join our team at The Cuyama Buckhorn. Our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe life back into Cuyama Buckhorn with a fresh midcentury design. It will be a 22-room boutique hotel with a coffeeshop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

We are looking for someone who is hardworking and dependable to help make The Cuyama Buckhorn a warm and inviting place for the city of New Cuyama. 

Qualifications:

  • Past Restaurant Experience (a major plus!)  

  • California Food Handler Card (or willingness to acquire one upon hiring)

  • 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 savannah@cuyamabuckhorn.com.


Housekeeper

Cuyama Buckhorn is under new management! We are looking for a housekeeper to join our team at The Cuyama Buckhorn. Our property is undergoing a full renovation that will breathe life back into Cuyama Buckhorn with a fresh midcentury design. It will be a 22-room boutique hotel with a coffeeshop, full-service restaurant and bar with a full outdoor patio for both locals and travelers.

We are looking for someone who is hardworking and dependable to help make The Cuyama Buckhorn a warm, clean and inviting place for the city of New Cuyama. 

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 savannah@cuyamabuckhorn.com.


 

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.