At Sea Cook - multiple positions available


At Sea Cook

  • Casual position

  • Responsible for developing menus, provisioning and cooking meals on board BPM’s research vessels, Flying Fish V and Escape

  • Area of operation is Far North Queensland, Australia

  • Opportunity to be part of a dynamic and exciting team undertaking and supporting scientific marine research


BPM is a leading environmental research and consulting firm providing expert scientific service in the Australian, New Zealand, Asian, South Pacific, sub-Antarctic and Antarctic marine environments. We have a number research vessels, which we use for our own research projects and to support a range of research activities undertaken by our clients. You can read more about BPM on our website.


We are currently seeking a number of experienced Cooks to join our team for ongoing work. Reporting to the Managing Director and/or the vessel Master, the main responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Coordinating all meal requirements and provisions for the duration of the voyages (approx. 14 days, for 16 people)

  • Preparation of ingredients and menus

  • Ordering and purchasing of goods within a set budget

  • Catering to dietary requirements as required

  • Cooking of meals

  • Stock control for the duration of the voyage

  • Operating kitchen equipment and cleanup/food area maintenance

  • Maintaining galley and mess to a satisfactory standard

  • Ensuring compliance with WHS and food safety regulations 

Additional duties will include:

  • Assisting with handling ropes when berthing

  • Working with the BPM team to maintain the vessel in an organised and clean state

  • Assisting with linen changes and general laundry duties


The successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

Essential Criteria

  • Experience working in a similar environment or position

  • Strong commercial cookery experience (preferably with an AMSA Certificate of Proficiency, Certificate 3 or 4 in Commercial Cookery, Diploma of Cookery)

  • Proven understanding of working to WHS and food hygiene requirements

  • Friendly outgoing personality with exceptional communication skills

  • Ability to deal with internal and external clients

  • Reliable and punctual

  • Impeccable personal presentation

  • Ability to work within a team offshore for extended periods

Desirable Criteria

  • Shipboard safety certification

  • Radio operators license

  • Deck hand experience

  • Coxswain or Master qualifications

  • Candidates who possess previous marine experience will be highly regarded.

If you are passionate about great food and service, this is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your skills on an exciting voyage.

To be considered for this position you must email your resume to by 5 pm, Wednesday 31st October. Please ensure you outline in your cover letter and CV how your experience and skill meet the essential and desirable criteria.

Please note, resumes received via websites or social media will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Dave Paton, Managing Director BPM on +61 (0)431 664 472.