Job Opportunities and Apprenticeships

Full Time Over 18, Apprenticeships and Part Time positions available March 2022:

Closing Date 18th March 2022.  Interview Date: Saturday 19th March

Full Time Café Worker/Cook (or apprentice)

Café Worker/Cook: Responsible for taking orders, processing cash and card transactions, providing excellent customer service along with helping prepare and serve meals and snacks in our café, which also has a licensed bar.    

Deben Café Bar offers this exciting opportunity work in our exciting environment with an excellent reputation of being the river Deben’s favourite local spot.

This one year contract, involves working 5 days per week including weekends and bank holidays.

To apply for this job send CV and letter of application to Deben Café on HMS Vale, Melton Boatyard, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge Suffolk. IP12 1PE alternatively you may apply via our Facebook page Deben Cafe.

We are searching for an honest, reliable, and trustworthy Café Worker who has experience providing professional friendly customer service, using developed cooking skills, and serving first class coffee from our barista machine. Training given.  

You would be involved with all aspects of working in a cafe including helping to prepare and serve breakfasts, wholesome lunches, and bar snacks, in addition to serving draft beers, wines and spirits was well as keeping our cafe hygienically clean.

This is a salaried position, initially offered as a one year contract. Your pay will reflect your age and experience.

Plus Monthly Bonus. This will be paid based on your performance and productivity.

Plus End of Contract Bonus. If you remain with us for the whole season you will be eligible for an end of contract bonus based on performance and productivity. Continuous assessment to determine progress.

40 hours per week but we would consider 2 cafe workers working 20 hours per week each.

Café opening hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (closed Tues, Wed) 9am to 5pm.  Your working day will fit around these opening times. (8:30am to 5:30pm).

Job Requirements (please contact us if applying for an apprenticeship)

  • At least 2 years work experience in a Café or Bar
  • At least 1 years’ experience preparing, cooking, and serving food in a commercial environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Level 2 certification in Food Hygiene essential
  • Minimum 2 GCSEs including maths and English at C(4/5) or above.

Personal licence for serving alcohol desirable.

FSA Allergen Certification desirable.

Hands-on experience with professional coffee machines desirable but training can be given.

Willingness to work during peak hours, including, weekends and holidays.

Ability to work independently and problem solve.

You should feel confident walking on uneven floors, standing for long periods, climbing ladders, negotiating watertight doors and occasionally carrying heavy items in a fast-paced environment.

You should enjoy working in our unusual environment inside and outside of an old war ship with varying temperatures and differing weather conditions.

Applicants should also note that our ship is based on the River Deben, therefore has a gang way access and floats on every tide.


Summer Season 2022 P/T   Café Workers Required

We offer good quality breakfasts, lunches, bar snacks, hot and cold drinks, ice cream and have a licensed bar.

A friendly positive attitude, people skills, the willingness to work hard, reliability and common sense are the main attributes we are looking for.

Your role will include: food preparation, cash handling, drink preparation (including alcohol) taking orders, serving tables, cleaning and washing up.

We work as a complete ship’s crew. The ability to work within our team, supporting and helping each other is essential. We pride ourselves on our 5 star food rating. Everybody cleans! You should enjoy maintaining our high standards.

Skills, Days and Hours of work. We are looking for someone who would enjoy and not be challenged by our unique environment (including ladder access) on board our ship.  We need someone who would fit in with our friendly happy team.

We can offer shifts over weekdays, weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. We are open 9am to 5pm Thurs through to Monday (closed Tues & Wed).

Getting to work. We are located alongside the river wall and our ship floats on each tide. We are a 2 min drive or 20 min walk from Woodbridge, at the bottom of Dock Lane, Melton. It is essential you are able to get to work on time without complications.

Weekend and Bank Holidays: All staff are required to work at least one weekend day and Bank Holidays). We have a Saturday team and a Sunday team; it would be useful to express your preference upon application. This is seasonal work May to October although winter hours may be available to the right person.

Age Requirements: Most of our employees are over 18 years of age (due to alcohol sales)  but we employ from 16 years if you are mature, hardworking and sensible. Please note, we positively encourage applications from those at the other end of their working lives.

How do I apply?  via Facebook, email (with CV attached) or face to face visit to our ship with your CV in your hand.                                         01394 388643     Facebook:  Deben Café Bar on HMS Vale