Chef – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 04/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Summer (Approx. 6 months) or Antarctic Winter (Approx. 18 months)
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Food deliveries are made once a year and your cooking will need to meet the needs of the scientists and support staff living on the station for up to 18 months using the ingredients you have available. During the winter your customers will be the same ones for up to 295 days so you need to be able to produce a wide variety of dishes to suit your group and cater for any dietary or medical requirements. Life on a remote ice station is not all about the day job. You will be expected to take part in all aspects of station life including First Aid, field living and skills training, cargo handling and a myriad of other tasks.

BAS are looking to employ chefs to complete contracts of between 6 and 18 months. This is not your standard hotel or restaurant job. You will be a vital part of the station team. You will travel to Antarctica and as part of your day to day work ride skidoos, be part of the station emergency response teams, fly on small aircraft over the ice shelf’s or sail through the pack ice on one of our ice strengthened ships. When on station all outdoor and work clothing is provided and with very few opportunities to spend money on station your season could provide you with a tidy sum at the end of it. If you can produce great food with a positive attitude whatever the Antarctic can throw at you this could be the job for you.

The work will be hard but the memories will last for a lifetime.


As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Your role is to provide, varied, balanced and nutritious meals to the scientists and support staff living on the station.

Working a shift pattern, sometimes including nights, you will provide up to 3 meals a day for up to ~150 people (Rothera in the summer) as well as snacks, bread and other baked goods.


NVQ 3 or 4 or equivalent experience.
Nationally recognised qualification in Food Safety level 3. (Must be current)


- Catering - Provide as required meals and snacks for station staff and visitors.

- Stock Control - Responsible for food and equipment, stocks and stock rotation. Active involvement with Station managers in ordering replenishment stocks.

- Food safety - Responsible for maintaining high standards of personal and kitchen hygiene, maintaining food safety records.

- Cleaning - Responsible for maintaining cleanliness of kitchen and all food storage areas.

- Training - Responsible for training station members in basic food safety and safe working practices.

- To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 04/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: w/c 17th June 2019
Proposed start date: September 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Ability to clearly communicate with management & “customers”. - Essential
  • Ability to produce comprehensive reports when required to do so. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Demonstrable computer literacy including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to work unsupervised, under pressure and within limited time and resources. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work on their own but be able to take direction from management and share duties with another Chef. - Essential
  • Must be adaptable to changing requirements. - Essential
  • Working in a remote area. - Desirable [3]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to teach cookery to people with a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience. - Essential
  • At least 3 years’ experience in kitchen management. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Basic numerical ability to maintain stock control. - Essential
  • Experience with computerised stock control. - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Must be fit and healthy and capable of working in the polar environment. All candidates will be required to pass a BAS medical. - Essential


  • NVQ 3 or 4 or equivalent experience. - Essential
  • Nationally recognised qualification in Food Safety level 3. Must be current. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Extensive experience of cooking for a range of differing clients, including those with specific dietary requirements. - Essential
  • Experience in producing a range of quality menus for up to 150 people. - Essential
  • Experience of catering for outside events. - Desirable [3]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

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The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

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