Line Cook

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 Line Cook is responsible for food preparation and assisting in the storing and inventory of food and related products. In addition, you assist and support the Steward in washing dishes and cleaning the galley.

 The line cook works 12+ hours per day of varied shifts, approximately 8 weeks on, 4 weeks off rotational schedule.


Food Preparation:

    • Acts as a prep cook, and prepares multiple sauces, vegetables and hot dishes on a daily basis
    • Works on a daily prep list based on stock levels, and usage directed by head chef
    • Assists Chef de Partie composing crew meals within allotted time
    • Assists the Head Chef and/or the Sous Chef and Chef de Partie in plating of guest breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as crew meals
    • Working the action station during meal periods; Example but not limited to; Omelets, carving stations and the sauté action station.
    • Providing alternatives to all dietary restrictions, crew and guest.
    • Assists Pantry Chef where is needed.
    • Assists in OOTB, on the ship or on shore
    • Assisting in setting up/ break down of the hot line.
    • Assisting during plating breakfast, lunch and dinners with Sous Chef and Chef De Partie.
    • Assists the Head Chef with supervising/training/ developing the galley steward.
    • Following company policies, and menus/ matrix. 

Galley Cleaning:

    • Assists with cleaning all counter tops and working surfaces in the galley, clean the galley sinks, dry stores, walk-in coolers and dishwasher.  Assist in daily dishwashing operations.
    • Adheres to all CDC Vessel Sanitation Program and Health Canada requirements.
    • Maintains and organizes the refrigerators, dry stores, and freezers.
    • Assists/supports with scraping/soaking of all dishes, pots & pans, cooking utensils, and eating utensils in accordance with applicable regulations.
    • Assist/supports in loading, running and removing items from the dishwashing machine and placing items in appropriate storage locations.


    • Assists in the proper storage, wrapping, handling and display of food items.
    • Rotates present stock, disposes of spoiled items, and replaces with provisions and other supplies as received.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Minimum 1 year recent cooking and/or food service experience.
    • Must have the ability to work on their feet in a galley of high temperature for 12-14 hours a day for the duration of the rotation
    • Must also be able to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis, walk up and down multiple flights of stairs while carrying product.
    • Good verbal communication skills.
    • Detail oriented and thorough; able to follow through on assigned tasks.
    • Ability to work independently using creativity and initiative to complete assigned tasks.
    • Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines.
    • Work well under pressure.
    • Ability to get along with co-workers and support a team environment.


    • Current First Aid/CPR certification required.
    • US Passport required.
    • STCW Basic Safety Training preferred.
    • STCW Crowd Management preferred.
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.