Head Chef

37.5 hours per week / permanent.

Accommodation available

Up to £2,400 pro rata Golden Hello Payment available (Terms and Conditions apply).

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Field Studies Council (FSC), one of the UK’s leading providers of outdoor environmental education. Field Studies Council is a pioneering environmental education charity committed to enabling people discover, explore, understand, and be inspired by the world around us. Established in 1943, our network of Learning Locations provide day and residential courses for all ages, from young children to retired adults, from schools and communities throughout the UK, reaching many others through our publications and community-based programmes.

Imagine a role that offers you both unique opportunities and challenges; where you are an important part of an empowered team who strive to create a truly memorable experience for every individual who visits our Field Studies Council Locations and where you have the chance to demonstrate your passion to deliver the highest standards of customer service and care.  No matter what role you perform at the Field Studies Council, everyone can make a difference... if you want to join our successful Environmental Education Charity and you have what it takes to make a difference then we want to hear from you. 

Being a Head Chef with Field Studies Council is very different to working in a conventional restaurant.  Our kitchen is a busy and sometimes hectic environment (we cater for up to 140 covers). However, the nature of our business means that we operate set mealtimes with one or two sittings at breakfast and dinner; and provide occasional light lunches/refreshments for small groups during the day (the majority of our customers have packed lunches which they make themselves).  Split shifts are common with a breakfast shift typically 7-10 or 11am, and dinner shift from 3pm to 8pm max. Menus are limited to 2-3 choices plus a vegetarian option.  Even so, we are committed to promoting healthy eating and incorporating organic, fair-trade and local produce in our menus. We use Pelican Pi ordering system including centre specific recipe order allowing efficient administration.

You will need to have the ability to multi-task effectively and be willing to adapt flexibly to changes within a well-established and continually developing Centre whilst contributing to a friendly welcoming atmosphere for customers and colleagues at all times.

Come and be part of the team! We look forward to your application.

Please refer to the job description for full details of the responsibilities of the role.

We ask that you have –

  • A great work ethic where aptitude and attitude are key
  • A natural pride in the work you produce
  • A flexible and adaptive approach able to perform using your own initiative both independently and as a team player
  • A professional manner in all that you do
  • An empathy with the aims and objectives of Field Studies Council
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges


  • Holidays - 28 days, excluding bank holidays (increases with length of service - up to 2 extra days)
  • Pension
  • Sick Pay
  • 24hr Counselling Helpline Service
  • Life Assurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Training & Development
  • Happy to talk flexible working!
  • Accommodation can be provided on a chargeable basis

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please call Elke Scheibler on Tel No. 01475 530581.

Applications will be considered on arrival.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy if we’re in receipt of sufficient applications. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Interviews will take place at Field Studies Council Millport at a date to be confirmed.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone and/or email.

We look forward to receiving your application in due course.

The Company

We want to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help protect it.

As an Investors in People charity, we realise that to achieve our vision we need diverse teams of staff who have a wide range of skills, a real passion for the work of the charity and pride in their role within it. No matter what role you perform at the FSC, everyone can make a difference and every role is vital to delivering our mission and vision…if this inspires you, we would love to hear from you.

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