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Offshore Catering Jobs

Offshore catering jobs are one of the secrets to breaking into offshore work if you don't have previous offshore experience or oil drilling experience.  Getting hired by a catering contractor to the offshore rigs is a great proverbial foot in the door for entry-level workers, and a real career-boost for experienced cooks, bakers and chefs.  Pay is generally much, much better for these positions offshore than there land-based counterparts, and the extra time off is a nice bonus as well. 

If you are really serious about working offshore, here is another secret - apply with the catering contractors in the late fall - early winter. Turnover on rigs is high, and really high during the winter.  Let's face it - braving a winter in the North Sea (or even the Gulf of Mexico) isn't everyone's idea of a good time. But if you have the offshore bug, now is a great time to apply to the offshore catering contractors; virtually all of them are currently hiring.

Getting hired in the offshore catering department is also a good strategy if your ambition is to get on the drilling crew or crane crew as well; once you are offshore, it is a lot easier to get to know people, and make friends in the other departments. If you do good work, when a roustabout opening comes up, you'll be in. 

Offshore Catering Jobs - Descriptions and Details

The offshore catering department includes everyone from the Chef \ Camp Boss, Cooks and Night Bakers on down to the Stewards, Galley Hands and Housekeepers.  The department as a whole is responsible for food and meals, keeping the common and living quarters clean, and doing laundry. 

If applying in person isn't an option, then the next step is simply applying to drilling contractors individually, either online or by snail mail.  Most of the mid to large companies have online applications.  You can do this one at a time, or utilize the services of a company such as Rigworker, which will forward your resume to around 1200 energy and drilling companies, after ensuring that your resume meets the format that these companies typically prefer. 

If the prospect of getting hired on with an offshore catering department is something that appeals to you, you can learn how and where to apply for offshore catering jobs with The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit.

For further details on Offshore Catering Jobs, including wages and job duties, see the following pages.

Offshore Chef and Camp Boss Jobs

Offshore Cook Jobs

Offshore Baker Jobs

Offshore Steward Jobs

Offshore Galley Hand Jobs

Offshore Housekeeping Jobs


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