35 Ocean Reef Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037
Ocean Reef Club has come a long way since it began
as a tiny fishing camp more than 50 years ago. It’s
now a beautiful, self-contained community located
on 2,000 lush tropical acres on the coastline of the
Atlantic. Besides the three 18-hole championship golf
courses, tennis center, 175-slip marina, and a 900-acre
nature preserve, there are twelve fine dining restaurants
and lounges. Ocean Reef Club has grown to be one of
the largest employers in Monroe County, FL with a
year round staff of 600 employees, and hundreds of
additional employees during the winter season. In
addition to offering competitive wages and excellent
benefits, Ocean Reef Club has great advancement opportunities.
Here Mark Kirkendall, Director of Human Resources,
discusses the benefits of working at the Ocean Reef
Featured Employer Interview with Executive Director
of Human Resources, Mark Kirkendall
Heather Ferguson: How many employees
currently work for your company?
Mark Kirkendall: 650 year-round,
full-time plus 400 seasonal (Oct/Nov to May)
HF: What are some of your recruiting
HF: What types of positions are
you recruiting for on StarChefs?
MK: I hope to obtain candidates
for seasonal hourly positions, seasonal Chef and Sous
Chef positions and occasional year-round, full-time
HF: What is your favorite feature
of StarChefs JobFinder?
MK: Quality reputation, spotlight
on the nation’s top chefs, and hopefully quality
HF: Why would someone want to
work for your company?
MK: Ocean Reef Club is the world’s
most prestigious private club-community. The club
is located in an idealistic setting in the Florida
Keys. Our culinary team is led by Executive Chef Philippe
Reynaud and Assistant Executive Chef Mark Gallaudet,
and operates 12 restaurants, banquets for up to 500
guests, as well as catering for private home and yacht
HF: How would you describe the
MK: Ocean Reef Club is a traditional
club environment concentrating on our members’
HF: What kind of advice would
you give jobseekers applying to your company?
MK: Ocean Reef Club seeks qualified,
professional candidates who are not only serious about
their profession but are also dedicated to providing
value, quality and consistency to a demanding clientele.