Abernethy Trust
Location: Highlands and Islands / Strathspey
Finance: Salary or Allowance
Duration: Full‑time, Permanent
Activity: Hospitality
Posted: 8 Jul 2024
Closes: Open-ended

Cook - Nethy Bridge

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, 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 also lead shifts and organise the kitchen team to ensure meals are served hot and on time.

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 in some capacity is essential. 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.


We are looking for someone who is passionate about cooking and discipling young people. You would be working in a team to produce food for our residential groups and staff. You will have some experience of cooking for groups but do not require any formal qualifications.

Alongside cooking you will assist in training, discipling and mentoring young people who may be new to working in a kitchen. You will help provide training alongside spiritual input and support to make their time at Abernethy one that will be life changing.


· Ensuring high standards of catering alongside quality and portion control for guests and staff on a daily basis.

· To lead and train the catering team.

· To write menus appropriate to the customer and to assist with the ordering food within the confines of the budget.

· To help when receiving orders and with the stock rotation.

· To maintain a high standard of safety, cleanliness and food hygiene in the kitchen.

· To organise and operate the servery/wash-up in an efficient manner in accordance with guidelines.

· To ensure that the Dining Room, Servery and Kitchen are kept clean and tidy.

· To ensure that coffee break and lunchtime arrangements are made to provide for staff requirements.

· To keep up to date with the paperwork and record keeping associated with catering, keeping up to date with current legislation and government advice.

· To have a working knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations and COSHH.


  • 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.


· 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, Centre Director, on 01479 821 279 during office hours. If you feel you are the person we are looking for, please complete the on-line application form.

Please mention OSCAR when responding.

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