Senior Steward

Job reference:
BAS 20/81
Contract type:
Full Time Marine Contract
Open-Ended Appointment
In the range of £26,891 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
RRS Sir David Attenborough
Closing date:
27 September, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for a Senior Steward to join the New Polar Research Vessel – RRS Sir David Attenborough.

What is the role about?

This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a world-leading polar exploration and research vessel. The state-of-the-art on-board facilities and future-proof containerised laboratories on this world-leading science platform will offer new research opportunities for polar scientists.

The successful candidate will take part in supporting Arctic research cruises in the northern summer and carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica during the austral summer.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


  • To supervise the daily working routine of the Cook/Steward (liaise Chief Cook & Purser) and provide hotel services as required by the Purser.
  • To administer daily supply of hardware, stores and linen.
  • To assist the Purser as required.


  • Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2 (MCA Recognised)
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR)
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid (For first aid emergency duties)
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (MCA Approved)
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (MCA Approved)


  • To undertake the duties allocated by the Purser and supervise the Cook/Steward, with special regard to food hygiene standards. Refer MSI/CAT/03 & 04
  • To ensure food service areas are maintained to high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
  • To present and serve food in an attentive and pleasant manner by full restaurant service or buffet style as appropriate to the ship’s design.
  • To supervise, prepare and plate up cold dishes, buffets and assist at special functions.
  • To liaise with the Chief Cook to ensure special dietary requirement meals are available as required.
  • To act as a member of the ship’s emergency first aid party if required.
  • To supervise and assist in the:
  • Daily cleaning of officers and the principal scientists cabins, public rooms, alleyways, pantries and communal toilets.
  • Cleaning of all non-crew cabins when vacated and to assist in the smooth transition of supernumerary personnel between voyages.
  • Incorporation of Messmans duties by Cook/Steward as required.
  • Laundering of soiled linen and maintenance of adequate supplies of clean linen at all times.
  • Loading, stowing and discharge of Catering Department stores and laundry.
  • Checking, bagging, landing and return checking of all soiled linen, if sent to laundry ashore.
  • To assist the Purser:
  • In making inventories and requisitions.
  • In the sorting, packing and distribution of bonded stores and canteen to the Bases.
  • By issuing dry provisions (daily) and hardware stores as required.
  • By maintaining records of all Catering Department stock received/held/issued on stock control system or by chit to the Purser as required.
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Ship Master.

We will not accept an application without the completed application form.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/81
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: Sunday 27th September 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: w/c 5th October 2020

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience of catering at sea - Essential
  • Strong awareness of health, safety, security and environmental issues. - Essential
  • An enthusiasm for the work of BAS. - Desirable [2]
  • Understanding of all relevant convention and national statutory regulations applicable to the role. - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Dress code for front of house stewards on routine daily tasks is: black shoes, black trousers, white polo shirt. For special occasions white shirt and tie and appropriate epaulettes might be required - Essential
  • To assist with specific marine related activities or projects by working in the offices of BAS, as and when required - Essential
  • To fulfil all the responsibilities outlined for “All Catering Staff” in General Duties - Essential


  • Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2 (MCA Recognised) - Essential
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions - Essential
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR) - Essential
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid (For first aid emergency duties) - Essential
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (MCA Approved) - Essential
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions - Essential
  • Evidence of continual professional development - Essential

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff - Essential
  • Ability to assist in the preparation of food - Essential
  • Ability to work productively as part of a catering team - Essential
  • Ability to act as a member of the First Aid Party during emergencies. - Essential

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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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

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

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

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.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.