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Starting from £26,891 per annum
RRS Sir David Attenborough, Antarctica/UK
April 14, 2022


British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Second Cook to join the crew of the RRS Sir David Attenborough. This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a 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 candidates will take part in supporting research cruises carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica.

Who we are

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 assist and understudy the Chief Cook and prepare the meals to the requirements of the Chief Cook and Purser.


  • MLC Ship’s Cook Certificate of Competency
  • Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2 (MCA Recognised)
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR)
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (MCA Approved)
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
  • Evidence of continual professional development


  • To prepare meals, bread and pastries to the requirements of the Chief Cook and Purser.
  • To make optimum use of provisions available.
  • To assist the Chief Cook as required.
  • To ensure safe working conditions in all galley and stores areas at all times.
  • To ensure the wearing of clean and suitable cooks clothing.
  • To assist the Chief Cook in recording provision use and general provision control. To assist with inventories and requisitions when required.
  • To assist the Chief Cook in ensuring that the galley, fridges, storerooms, stores flats and lift shafts under their care are properly cleaned and maintained in a tidy and hygienic manner.
  • To assist the Chief Cook in the provision of twenty four hour catering, vegetarian meals and overnight food, when required.
  • To assist with the loading, stowing and discharge of catering stores.
  • Where self-service messing is required, to prepare and plate up cold dishes, salads and snacks.
  • To replenish self-service counter as required during mealtimes.
  • To assist with hygiene arrangements in the mess room.
  • To assist the Chief Cook with preparation of food for special functions and social events.
  • To act as a member of the ship’s emergency first aid party.
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Master.

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.

Certificates and Qualifications

Mandatory STCW certificates are required from all applicants.
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