At sea cook

Job Description


  • Responsible for developing menus, provisioning and cooking meals on board BPM's Research Vessel Flying Fish V (See
  • Area of operation is Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. 
  • Multiple positions are available, based in Gladstone. This is not a fly in fly out position. These positions will be fixed-term part time, or casual.
  • Pay rate based on the Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award (MA000052).



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.

BPM has a number research vessels which we use for our own research projects as well as supporting a range of research and monitoring activities undertaken by our clients. 

For more information about BPM and our research vessels please visit our website at 



BPM is currently seeking an experienced Cooks to join our vessel-based teams. Position will be for start 16th Feb 2022.

Reporting to the Vessel Operations Manager and/or the vessel Master, the main responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Co-ordinate all meal requirements and provisions for the duration of the voyage (usually 14 days, for 12 people).
  • Preparation of ingredients and menus.
  • Ordering and purchasing of goods within a set budget.
  • Catering to dietary requirements as required.
  • Preparation of all meals.
  • Stock control for the duration of the voyage.
  • Operating kitchen equipment and cleanup/food area maintenance.
  • Maintain 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
  • Overseeing laundry and housekeeping duties.


The successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

Essential Criteria 

  • Documented evidence of working to WHS and food hygiene requirements. 
  • Experience working in a similar environment or position.
  • Strong commercial cookery experience.
  • Ability to manage changing schedules and time lines.
  • Friendly outgoing personality with good communication skills.
  • Ability to deal with internal & external clients.
  • Reliable & punctual.
  • High standard of personal presentation with a professional attitude.
  • Ability to work within a team offshore for extended periods.
  • Drivers License (Manual).

Desirable Criteria

  • Shipboard safety certification.
  • Radio operators license.
  • Deck hand experience.
  • Coxswain or Master qualifications.
  • Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Candidates who possess previous marine experience and don’t get seasick will be highly regarded. 

If you are passionate about great food and service, this is a unique opportunity demonstrate your skills on a number of exciting voyages.



To be considered for this position you must submit your resume with cover letter by 5pm, Sun  30th Jan 2022. The resume and/or cover letter must clearly address all the essential criteria otherwise candidates will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Dave Paton on or 0431664472, or Geoff Higgins on or 0460600771.