Pilbara station positions available (posted 18/2/21)

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Chef/All Rounder/Star Tour Guide Positions (couple & single accommodation)

Chef/All Rounder Couple 2021 Season

Singles are encouraged to apply.

Accommodation and Meals Provided

CHEELA PLAINS STATION STAY in the Pilbara region of Western Australia,  offers an ideal stop over between the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park. We are fascinated by ancient geology and passionate about the environment of Cheela Plains Station. Our hidden gorges, star filled night sky, unique wildlife and “Rustic Oasis in the desert” location welcomes visitors from around the world. The facilities include a fully serviced air-conditioned “multi” bedroom complex with shared amenities, dining room-cafe, multiple camping areas, and Telstra mobile phone coverage just to name a few.

Cheela Plains Station  has a vacancy for a chef/all rounder couple or single. This is a live-in, on site position. This position is full time for applicants and will commence mid March through to the end of October. The successful applicants will be “hands on” with an enthusiastic, energetic  and  friendly disposition who enjoy having fun with people. It is best if you are dynamic with initiative, hardworking and open to diverse opportunities. Experience in quality customer service is paramount. Being self motivated, honest and reliable with the ability to work independently or within a team are deemed essential attributes. The successful candidate must have the ability and willingness to experience the opportunity of living and working on a remote cattle station and become part of a small multi skilled team.

You may be eligible for the Primary Industry Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme.

Position Objective

Singles or Couples can apply for either position.

Our roster will require one applicant to be involved with all aspects of the Station Stay including- Office/Reception, Housekeeping, General Maintenance, Gardening, Cooking, Cleaning, serving and waiting in our cafe and various other tasks as required. The other applicant must have Chef qualifications or be of a suitable skill level. The Chef applicant will produce good quality, well presented meals by following a set 7 day rotating menu. Daily you will be cooking for up to 15 staff and 40 guests, our Red Plains Cafe will keep you on your toes. You will be responsible for all aspects of a commercial kitchen including but not limited to – health and hygiene, maintaining food safety standards, record keeping, cleaning, ordering and receivals as well as budgeting/meal costing.

Applicants requirements

The station stay can be quite busy in all areas, applicants must be healthy and physically fit, we prefer non smokers. The Pilbara region can be quite hot early and late in our season, therefore the importance of being able to work in hot environments for extended periods of time will be essential.

The Chef/All Rounder may be required to fill in for the Station Stay managers whilst they are on break, covering all aspects of station stay management during this time.

All staff must maintain their personal presentation and hygiene to professional standards at all times.

All staff shall abide by the guidelines set out in the Employee Induction Handbook and ensure compliance with the WHS induction manual.

Applicant Key Selection Criteria

Where possible please provide one example of each of the following.


  • Please detail your qualifications and relevant experience working in a commercial kitchen.
  • Works well under pressure and in an organized, time efficient manner.
  • Maintain a professional and courteous manner to all guests, staff and management.
  • Knowledge of Work  Health and Safety, food safety standards & stock control.
  • Experience in computer systems including Word, Excel, and using the Google Suite (Gmail, Drive etc.) Cloud based software applications. Experience in social media marketing and events management would be an advantage.

All Rounder

  • Please detail your experience in housekeeping and general cleaning  in a commercial environment.
  • Qualifications and experience in the hospitality/food service environment.
  • Qualifications and/or experience  as a receptionist/record keeping/administration, accommodation reservations using an online booking system.
  • Knowledge and experience as a grounds person including  gardening, electrical, plumbing and  general light vehicle maintenance.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Current, or be willing to obtain prior to commencement  Level 2 Workplace First Aid/ Provide First Aid certificate, including CPR.
  • Certificate in Basic Food Safety and Responsible service of Alcohol
  • Completed the AHA Hospitality and Tourism COVID 19 Course online.
  • Manual car drivers license
  • Knowledge of basic electrical and plumbing systems, general maintenance skills an advantage.
  • Experience working with mechanical equipment and power tools an advantage.
  • Previous experience working remote in similar Tourism/Hospitality position an advantage.
  • Proven track record of attention to detail and good leadership and teamwork qualities and the ability to communicate with all members of staff and guests.
  • Applied knowledge of WHS, Food Safety and HACCP regulations.
  • An interest and knowledge of the night sky an advantage.
  • An interest and knowledge of geology an advantage.
  • Leadership or tour guide experience.

What We Offer

  • Competitive rate commensurate with your experience per person, RDO’s and travel days are unpaid.
  • On site accommodation is available for the successful couple. Those with their own caravan/accommodation a campsite, water and power will be provided.
  • Staff meals are provided in accordance with our 7 day rotating menu.
  • Access to the private gorges on Cheela Plains Station.
  • Amazing Pilbara night sky.
  • Experiencing life on a cattle station.
  • Opportunity for a 7 month employment opportunity commencing mid March to the end of October. 4 weeks on and one week off.  With RDO during the time on.
  • Develop your skills in hospitality management with onsite training provided.


Due to the remote isolated area of Cheela Plains we prefer our employees to be non-smokers, in a good measure of health and are capable to lift and carry items up to 16 kg with ease. Please refer to the Cheela Plains Station Stay website for more details on our business and location. Travelling couples with their own accommodation are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Please submit your CV with a cover letter detailing your experience  to:

cheelaplains@gmail.com with Subject line:  2021 Applications {Your Name}

Please provide two referees and their contact details in your CV.

Please note only successful applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an interview.

Further information 

Please visit our website Cheela Plains Station Stay



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