Abernethy Trust
Location: Highlands and Islands / Strathspey
Finance: Salary or Allowance
Duration: Full‑time, Permanent
Activity: Hospitality
Posted: 2 Apr 2024
Closes: Open-ended

Assistant Cook - Nethybridge

Abernethy Trust

This is a fantastic opportunity to live and work in the Scottish Highlands and be part of a Christian Community providing excellent hospitality. As part of the Kitchen Team, Assistant Cooks help to prepare delicious home-cooked meals and baking for our guests and staff. You will be involved in all aspects of the kitchen: from helping to plan menus to receiving deliveries, serving guests and maintaining high standards of cleanliness and food hygiene.

You will be a role model for our Gap Year Team, helping them to learn new skills whilst also having the opportunity to grow and develop your own gifts. There is plenty of scope for getting involved in the wider work of the Centre, whether that be in our evening sessions with kids, playing music, sports or outdoor adventures.

Previous experience in catering would be great, but we can provide training for the right person. You’ll need to be willing to get stuck in and work hard, but making people happy with healthy, tasty food is so rewarding!

Accommodation will be provided if needed.


Founded in 1971, Abernethy is a ministry that combines outdoor activity, residential experience and Christian team witness. Adventure is at the heart of Abernethy and we love seeing people gain confidence and grow through being in the outdoors.

The team at Abernethy are all Christians. We are passionate about the outdoors, community, hospitality and witness. We are motivated by our belief in a good and generous God who created an incredible natural world which, through its very existence, shouts His praise. We believe that every person is unique, valuable and deeply loved by the creator God. 


  • Assist in the preparation and serving of food to guests and staff members.
  • Assist in writing menus, ordering, receiving orders and stock rotation – all within the confines of a budget.
  • Maintain a high standard of safety, cleanliness and food hygiene in the kitchen, providing training to team members where necessary.
  • Organise and operate the servery/wash-up in an efficient manner.
  • Ensure that the Dining Room, Servery and Kitchen are kept clean and tidy.
  • Ensure that coffee break and lunchtime arrangements are made to provide for staff.
  • Keep up to date with the paperwork and record keeping associated with food hygiene.
  • Have a working knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations and COSHH.


  • Ability to work well in a team as well as being able to work independently once given instructions.
  • It is a genuine occupational requirement that the holder of this post is a practising Christian whose lifestyle is consistent with the values and doctrine of the Christian faith
  • As part of our commitment to safeguarding, the successful applicant will be required to become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Scheme and the appointment will be subject to a satisfactory PVG Scheme Disclosure
  • We cannot accept overseas applications for this role unless you have the right to work in the UK. If you would like to volunteer with us then please refer to our international volunteer page.


  • Previous experience of working in the food industry or food preparation.



  • Monthly salary
  • Full-board single accommodation provided, if required
  • Paid annual leave (30 days per annum, inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Use of Centre facilities including outdoor equipment.
  • Opportunities to take an active role within the life of our local church and Christian youth work
  • Living as part of a vibrant Christian community in a beautiful part of Scotland
  • Opportunity for personal training and development
  • Weekly Team Fellowship on a Wednesday evening
  • Very favourable rates for family on most Abernethy holidays and camps
  • Participation in our annual 3 day Team Gathering
  • Easy access to the local area including the Cairngorm mountains, river Spey and the Moray coast – a fantastic outdoor playground!



Please prayerfully consider whether this role may be right for you. For an informal chat about the role please contact Stu Newland, on 01479 818 001 during office hours. If you feel you are the person we are looking for, please complete the application form on our website

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Abernethy Trust

At Abernethy, we believe that shared adventures in the outdoors create incomparable opportunities to transform lives.  Abernethy Trust provides adventure residential experiences through outdoor adventure centres in wild locations across Scotland. 
Abernethy Trust
Nethy Bridge
PH25 3ED
Tel: 01479 818 001