Sous Chef

United States
Shipboard – Galley /
Full-Time /
Lindblad Expeditions is the pioneer in the Expedition Travel space, from taking the first citizen explorers to Antarctica in 1966, to opening the Galapagos and Easter Island to tourism in 1967, to leading the first tourist expedition through the Northwest Passage in 1984, to launching our innovative partnership with National Geographic in 2004. Now taking nearly 25,000 guests per year to some of the world’s most remote and pristine locations on our fleet of 16 ships, we do whatever it takes to ensure our guests experience the “Exhilaration of Discovery”.

The Sous Chef is responsible for assisting in the preparation of all guest and crew meals. In addition, the Sous Chef may prep, load stores and provisions, clean, and wash dishes, as well as most of the baking that happens on board.

This position works 12 hours per day on split shifts to cover the responsibilities, approximately 2 months on, 1 month off rotational schedule.


    • Food Preparation:
    • Assists the Head Chef in the preparation of all guest and crew meals following Company menu matrix and recipes.
    • Participates in the actual cooking and preparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner; meat and fish dishes, vegetarian options for both guest and crew meals.
    • Primary responsibilities include butchering, prepping, portioning, and cooking meals for guest and crew requested by Head Chef.
    • Training/Development:
    • Assists Head Chef in training, and developing of the Pantry Chefs, other Sous Chefs, and galley stewards, by following company policies, and menus.
    • Cleaning:
    • Helps maintain the cleanliness of the galley area and food storage rooms.
    • Adheres to all CDC Vessel Sanitation Program and Health Canada requirements.
    • Assists in dishwashing as needed and/or assigned.
    • Food Stores:
    • Assists in loading, handling and proper storage of food and related items to maintain inventory at appropriate stocking levels and to ensure proper rotation of perishable and non-perishable food items.
    • Safety and Security:
    • Participates in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
    • Adheres to Company’s policy on uniform, to promote company’s image, safety, and standards.
    • Participates in shore side training as required by the company.
    • Familiar with the ISM codes and requirements.
    • Maintains familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System and Emergency Station Billet duties.


    • Completion of formal training at a culinary school preferred.
    • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working within the culinary team on board passenger ships preferred.
    • Good time management skills; ability to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to step up when needed, and act as Head Chef should the need arise.
    • Good supervisory skills sets, and ability to work with others.
    • Ability to get along with co-workers and support a team environment.
    • Ability to communicate successfully with galley team members; and office personnel.
    • Ability to have guest interaction and communicate with them the vision of the department, and program.


    • Current First Aid/CPR certification required.
    • Valid US Passport required.
    • STCW Basic Safety Training preferred.
    • STCW Crowd Management preferred.
    • Vessel Sanitation Public Health preferred
$200 - $210 a day
Target base salary for this role based on experience and vessel and reflects the total daily compensation.
Breakdown of the total compensation range: $150 - $160 base daily rate + $50 guaranteed tip + 10% vacation pay
Bonus opportunity target: 5%
Our Benefits
Vacation Pay (10% of the daily rate for each day worked)
7 Paid Holidays
Health insurance including Medical, Dental, Vision  
401(k) plan with employer match  
Room and board when scheduled
Travel Day Pay
Travel Expenses Paid
Travel benefits for employees and their family  
Uniforms Provided
Training Opportunities
Short Pay
Emergency Coverage Pay

Employment is contingent on the following:
- In compliance with U.S. Coast Guard Regulations, 46 CFR Parts 4, 5, and 16, you will be required to undergo the following drug tests: post-offer prior to start date, random, reasonable cause, and serious marine incident per US Federal guidelines.
- Pre-offer background check; employment is contingent upon the results of this screening.
- Post-offer physical examination; your employment is dependent upon being determined fit for sea duty. 
Continued employment is dependent upon consent to and passing these tests.

Lindblad Expeditions continues to highly recommend that all new hires be up to date with all vaccines prior to the first day of employment and getting boosted annually when eligible, including those vaccines that protect against COVID-19. All crew must still comply with all country-specific vaccination requirements.

Communication Skills 
Using the English language, this person must have the ability to read, write, and comprehend policies, legal guidelines, correspondence, and memos.   Must also possess the ability to effectively communicate--both in writing and orally--with a professional demeanor. 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee will also be required to write and type. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The physical demands per position are described in the Job Analysis sheet and are available to all applicants upon request.

Lindblad Expeditions determines the pay for positions using local, national, and industry-specific survey data. We evaluate external equity and the cost of labor/prevailing wage index in the relative marketplace for jobs directly comparable to jobs within our company. Our posted salary range is based on national data and may be refined for a candidate's region/town/cost of living.

For new hires, we strive to make competitive offers allowing the new employee room for future growth. Salaries will be based on the applicant’s location, level of experience, education, and specialized knowledge and skills. An employee/candidate with a stronger skill set will receive higher pay.

At Lindblad Expeditions, we simply could not do our work without the diverse kaleidoscope of humanity that creates and delivers our remarkable offerings across the planet. As a Company that respects and celebrates the inherent diversity in the places we explore, we recognize the need to mirror that same diversity and all the interconnected perspectives within our organization. We are committed to building a community of different genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, chosen identities, and countries of origin where every person brings their whole self to work and whose skills, talents, and abilities are valued. We believe we can explore further and in a more meaningful way by actively creating a more diverse and inclusive organization where everyone feels they belong.

Lindblad Expeditions is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at Lindblad Expeditions are considered without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, pregnancy, unemployment status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or veteran status.