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Senior Steward

  • Post Date:27th March 2020
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Senior Steward
Job reference:BAS 20/59
Contract type:Open-Ended
Duration:Open-Ended Appointment
Salary:In the range of £26,364 to £30,420 per annum.
Benefits:We offer generous benefits
Team:British Antarctic Survey
Closing date: 17 April, 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.


  • 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 20/56
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: Friday 17 April 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Monday 4 May 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.