Salary: Up to £11.58 per hour plus benefits and Golden Hello Payment

Part-Time Seasonal Cook/Chef

FSC Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Up to £11.58 per hour plus benefits

Up to £2,400 pro rata Golden Hello Payment available

(Terms and Conditions apply)

Working pattern: 20 hours per week during the core season only (normally March to October) each year.

Accommodation Available during the season.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Seasonal Cook to join our small friendly team, working at a field centre catering for groups of all ages, resident and non-resident, based on the Isle of Cumbrae on the Firth of Clyde, FSC Millport has a rich history as a marine research station. This post means working approximately 8 months of every year, usually between March to October.

Work/Life balance – No late shifts. Finish time normally 8pm at the latest.

Typically, our core season runs from March until October every year. Seasonal roles allow you to experience working life in our outstanding education centres throughout the core working season allowing you to follow other interests and pursuits over the winter months secure in the knowledge that you have a job to come back to.

Overall Job purpose:

Our Cooks are key to the centre’s hospitality and catering team, you will deputise to the lead cook and assist with the quality delivery of service to our incoming groups. Invariably we cater for a wide range of diets including vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, nut free etc so require an experienced person to devise and cook meals for up to 150 visitors. You will also assist with the supervision of a small catering team.

We’re looking for someone with previous catering experience, a relevant catering qualification, a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate and the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, line managers and customers.

Key Responsibilities:

Cooking and delivering of breakfasts and evening meals: set mealtimes with one or two sittings and two to three menu choices at each

Ensuring all meals are produced in line with health and hygiene regulations

Accurately completing all monitoring and recording paperwork i.e. HACCP

Assisting with the compilation of a varied range of menus

Assisting with the induction and in-house training of the catering team

Provision of light lunches or packed lunches for residential groups, as required

Preparation of home baked items for packed lunches, afternoon teas and supper

Assisting with sourcing suppliers, stock control, and placing orders

Receiving deliveries and ensuring they are checked, recorded and correctly stored on arrival

Ensuring that catering equipment is appropriately maintained

We ask that you have –

A positive and passionate work attitude

A desire to show pride in all aspects of your work

A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes

An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective team member

An ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines

Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect

A commitment and contribution to improving FSC’s environmental performance

A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges


Holidays – pro-rata of 28 days including bank holidays (increases with length of service – up to 5 extra days)


Sick Pay

Employee Assistance programme

Life Assurance

Health Cash Plan

Friendly Team

Free parking

FSC Workwear

Training & Development

Happy to talk flexible working!

Accommodation and food during working hours can be provided during the season on a chargeable basis – 3 choices per meal

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact Catriona McArthur on 01475 531420.

Applications will be considered on arrival and Interviews to be arranged online accordingly.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email.

Isle of Cumbrae