Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$26.06-$28.21/ Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
B6 Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, Variable at Sea, Variable at Sea

#130778 Marine Cook

Filing Deadline: Thu 7/25/2024

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The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. SIO operates three major seagoing research vessels, which conduct physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of oceans worldwide. Scripps oceanographic research vessels make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world. Scripps ships have state-of-the-art research instruments to study marine life, the oceans, the seafloor, and the atmosphere. Cruises vary from local trips to expeditions as long as six years. Scripps research ships, available to scientists around the world, have steamed more than six million nautical miles in support of science and the academic community.

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Under the direction of the the Senior Marine Cook, the Marine Cook is responsible for the preparation of quality food/meals in a fast paced, high-volume, food service environment. Responsibilities include planning, preparation and serving of three meals daily for up to 60 people, efficient operation and maintenance of all kitchen equipment and personnel, execution of applicable standards regarding safety, food handling, cleanliness, sanitation and personal appearance. Duties also include set up/clean up of the Mess Hall, maintenance of Galley & Mess Hall supplies, stock rotation, menu planning, and other tasks as appropriate. Incumbent may assist with development and submission of stores/provisions requisitions and receipt of same. Incumbent may work independently on smaller vessels of the SIO fleet. In emergency situations, perform assigned duties listed on the ship’s Station Bill, any additional duties deemed necessary and execute all lawful orders of the Master and other ship’s officers.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is also eligible for full:

1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

2) Vacation/Holidays

3) Life Insurance

4) UC Retirement Plan.



  • High school education and/or equivalent, such as a GED.

  • Degree from an accredited culinary school and two (2) - three (3) years experience with some sea duty preferred. In the absence of a formal degree, equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of institutional food preparation: ability to plan and prepare a variety of appetizing meals in a high-volume, demanding environment; ability to serve meals on time according to posted schedules to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Demonstrated mathematical skills and abilities to use proper weights and measures, adjust and modify recipes, develop appropriate stores orders, record accurate data, compile statistics, receive orders and reconcile invoices.

  • Computer proficiency to prepare orders and inventory, record menus and recipes, develop reports, and general business communications.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of inventory control practices, records maintenance, requisitioning, receiving and storing of supplies, and stock rotation.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe and sanitary food handling practices and operation of kitchen equipment. Proven knowledge of, and skilled in the safe use and operation of, all kitchen tools, appliances and equipment. Proven ability to implement these practices daily.

  • Working knowledge of and experience with emergency procedures, drills and training.

  • Customer relations ability to maintain friendly, cordial, professional relationships with all embarked personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Strong control of the English language.

  • Proven skills and ability to handle pressure, and to work effectively in adverse conditions.

  • Proven knowledge of methods to insure customer satisfaction that includes good problem solving skills.

  • Proven ability to understand the relationship between meals and general morale aboard ship and the psychological appeal of well prepared, well presented, appetizing meals

  • Demonstrated organizational skills to effectively manage time.

  • Demonstrated experience reading/interpreting recipes; proven ability to convert small quantity recipes into large quantity recipes, and to plan and prepare meals in quantities appropriate to the number of people being served.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of temperature control and proper temperatures for serving and storing food stuffs.


  • Unexpired U.S. Passport

  • Ability and willingness to go to sea for extend periods of time.

  • Ability to pass physical examination and U.S. Coast Guard (DOT) regulations for Chemical Drug and Alcohol testing.

  • Offer contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $54,418 - $79,269 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $26.06 - $37.96

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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