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Head Chef - Now Hiring for Alaska! UnCruise Adventures (Portland)

compensation: doe
employment type: full-time

Now interviewing for the Summer 2020 sailing season in Alaska with positions starting in March 2020.

At UnCruise, we work together to support and build a brand that provides an enriching adventure travel experience that inspires an appreciation of local cultures and the natural world. Sometimes that means we kayak among icebergs, travel to hidden waterfalls with a local guide or snorkel with sea lions, dive with manta rays and share air with whales. Our destinations include Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Costa Rica & Panama, Belize, Colombia, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, and Pacific Northwest. Every employee plays a major role in bringing the adventure to life. When you join our team, you become an important part of our uniqueness.

The Chef is responsible for overseeing all staff and functions within the galley. The Chef will coordinate and participate in all galley activities in regard to food preparation, inventory, ordering, and cleaning under the direction of the Hotel Manager.


• Plan and oversee all guest and crew meals. Follow company guidelines for ordering, inventory and budget management. Maintain quality and consistency with the menu items daily.
• Participate in the cooking and preparation of food items as a member of the galley staff.
• Prepare items for special diets as needed for vegan, gluten free, allergies, etc.
• Ensure the provisioning of all food and related products by placing weekly orders in conjunction with the Hotel Manager, including loading and checking-in stores.
• Maintain accurate inventories for appropriate stocking levels and proper rotation of perishable food stores. This includes the cleaning and organization of all provision storage areas in galley, freezer, refrigerator and storeroom.
• Work closely with the Hotel Manager to create a comfortable and safe work environment for all galley employees.
• Maintain professional demeanor with guests, crew, staff, agents, officials, and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
• Supervise one to five team members in daily galley operations.
• Oversee the training for new hires and ongoing training for all galley staff.
• Monitor and counsel work performance throughout the year, and conduct written performance evaluations. Coach, discipline, and/or terminate staff as necessary in a timely and appropriate manner. Assist in the training and development of all direct reports.
• Respond in a timely manner to all concerns, complaints, and allegations, and conducts investigations as necessary.

Safety and Security:
• Comply with all CDC/FDA vessel sanitation requirements.
• Participate in on board safety training, meetings and drills as directed by the Captain. Including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
• Maintain familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.

• Minimum of 2 years experience managing a kitchen or galley staff.
• Minimum of 4 years restaurant/banquet cooking in positions of increasing responsibility including line cooking and prep work.
• Good time management skills; ability to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
• Ability to get along with co-workers and support a team environment.
• Experience with passenger vessels is strongly preferred, but not required.
• Should be very flexible, understanding that due to the nature of wildlife and adventure cruising, schedules change on the fly. Adapting quickly to circumstances is essential.
• Comfortable living and working in close quarters with other crewmembers, including those you are supervising.
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to effectively present sensitive information in one-on-one situations as well as comfort with public speaking in group situations.
• Maintain professional demeanor at all time.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• Valid Passport
• CPR / First Aid / AED
• ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
• ServSafe Allergens
• Drug/Alcohol Test Specimen Collector (Company provided)
• STCW Crisis Management (1)
• STCW Crowd Management (1)
• Security Awareness or VPDSD (1)
• MARSEC Card (2)
• Valid TWIC (3)

(1) Required for Safari Voyager and Safari Endeavour; preferred on other vessels. Company provided if needed by employee.
(2) Required on Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary - Company provided
(3) Company preferred for the Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary

• Length of Work Shift- Physically able to work 12 hours per day, 7 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks at a time. Rotations off the vessel are usually 2-3 weeks.
• Mobility- Frequent bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, crawling, and pushing/pulling. Must ascend and descend stairs and ladders, sometimes while carrying tools or objects. Able to stand or sit for long periods of time.
• Handling/Strength- Able to handle, lift, and lower objects totaling 50 pounds between the ground/deck level to a height of about 4 to 6 feet, and able to repeat these movements. Able to carry these objects up to 100 feet continuously for 20 minutes.
• Environmental Conditions- Able to work in all weather conditions, around loud noise, in small spaces, and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.

Department: Galley | Job Type: Seasonal | Exemption Type: Exempt

This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required or persons so classified or assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

It is the policy of UnCruise Adventures not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, marital status, citizenship, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, national origin, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, or employment as required by law.

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