Amy Strawn, Director of Human Resources


As the largest tourism industry employer in the Illinois Valley, Starved Rock Lodge is always looking for great people to help us make our guests’ stay the best it can possibly be.

Starved Rock Lodge has a variety of great career opportunities available in every facet of the hospitality industry for individuals who are friendly, hard-working, energetic, and dedicated. We are a full-service hotel and banquet facility with a cafe, gift shop, restaurant, concessions and lounge on property. Since we are a four-season resort, we offer full-time, seasonal and part-time employment. Whether you are looking for an entry-level hospitality job or simply want to enhance your professional skills, remember that there are always great opportunities just waiting for you at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center.

Employment Application Information

If you are a team player and want to share in our dedication to providing exceptional service, while at the same time enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the park environment, please review our current openings. We are always accepting applications and review those applications on an ongoing basis. We will contact you if you are a candidate for any of our available jobs. Please contact us to inquire on available opportunities. Starved Rock Lodge is an equal opportunity employer and supports a drug-free workplace.

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Email Completed Applications to Amy

Mail Completed Applications to:
Human Resources at Starved Rock Lodge
Route 178 & Route 71
PO Box 570
Utica, IL 61373

FAX Completed Applications to:
Attention: Amy Strawn 815-220-7345

Current Openings

Restaurant Chef

We are now hiring a Restaurant Chef for our food and beverage operations.

Our food and beverage operation consists of a full service restaurant, lounge and banquet operation. This is a perfect position for an individual who is ready for an increased sense of ownership and responsibility and the desire to learn and grow in the hospitality industry. Qualified individuals must have a combination of culinary experience, passion for food, a great sense of teamwork and the desire to apply creative thinking. Previous supervisory experience a plus. This is a hands-on management position with a food quality and consistency focus.


**Below is a list of some responsibilities, this is not intended to be an all inclusive list of responsibilities.

  • Assist the Corporate Chef and Kitchen Manager in maintaining a customer service driven food service operation.
  • Responsible for all food production of the Restaurant and Lounge, including banquet functions and other outlets.
  • Develops menus, food purchase specifications and recipes.
  • Develops and monitors food and labor budget for the department.
  • Maintains highest professional food quality and sanitation standards.
  • Supervise the kitchen staff during assigned shifts and oversee completion of daily prep work.
  • Work with line cooks to ensure high production levels and adherence to cost effective standard operating procedures.
  • Supervise and motivate employees to deliver consistent high quality of product and service, as articulated in the Lodge mission statement.
  • Within scope of authority, drive continuous improvement in service quality by improving processes and coaching kitchen staff.
  • Encourage communication between kitchen and all other departments.
  • Handle multifaceted customer related tasks, strong planner and problem solver who readily adapts to change, works independently and with others with a “can do” attitude.
  • Able to juggle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality and always exceeding expectations.
  • Provide timely, courteous and knowledgeable response to customer requests.
  • Maintains levels of excellence in work volume, accuracy and quality; ability to learn and master new concepts; positive work ethic; and commitment to providing unsurpassed service.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships to gain support and achieve results.

If You Bring The Necessary Experience And A Passion For Great Food And Hospitality, We Will Provide You With A Comprehensive Compensation Plan That Includes:

*Competitive salary with quarterly bonus potential
* Flexible scheduling
*Paid Vacation / Holidays
*401k with company match
*HealthCare Package
*Fantastic Growth Opportunities


*Food Sanitation Certificate.

*Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time.

*Ability to lift up to 100 lbs. periodically.

*Must be willing to work weekends, evenings and holidays on a regular basis.

*Assist in any department of the lodge upon request.

*At least three years of experience in food preparation.

*Experience in a restaurant/banquet facility preferred.

*Demonstrated success at supervising people, building strong teams and motivating staff performance.