We're a small team, and our businesses generally operate during the day. We employ happy, passionate people. 

We're recruiting....

In our first year of business, we opened four cafés in and around Bournemouth’s award-winning parks and gardens…who knows what other opportunities will appear from around the corner?

We are owned and operated by BCP Council, and the Park Cafés ethos is that having a cup of tea or holding an event at a Park Cafe helps to support your local parks, playgrounds and public spaces. So joining us for a cuppa really helps your local park.

We’re passionate about our green strategy too. All the packaging is 100% biodegradable or compostable, and we use as much locally-sourced produce as we can. Our coffee is fair trade and sustainably sourced too.

All our businesses are in Bournemouth, and generally operate during the day - which should make a change from regular hospitality positions out there. All our sites are on transport links and are easily accessible by cycle paths.

Current Opportunities

Function/Cafe chef for Woodpecker Cafe, Queen's Park

We are looking for either a chef or a cook who is comfortable with both short order cooking in a café environment, and playing a part in our growing function and catering side of the business.

Attention to detail is a must: consistency of food presentation and preparation is key.

We have a 5* food safety rating and we intend to keep it - so clean working practices, a thorough knowledge of food safety procedures and documentation is essential.

We are a friendly place to work, with great customers and awesome team members, so we are not looking for egos or attitudes. Good team players need only apply.

Great hours of work: generally 9-5. Yep, that’s right. An average day at Woodpecker Café would be … a breakfast menu from 9:00 till 11:30 and then go straight into a lunch menu from 11:30 till 4:00pm. We will occasionally host a meeting over lunch, we may have a society lunch or golfing event on in the afternoon. Buffets are big here. Then it's clean down time, place your orders and head off.

Full and part time hours available for suitable applicants.


Use this as your checklist, before you apply:

  • Food safety certificate 2 is required

  • Serving experience (cafe crew positions)

  • Cash handling experience (cafe crew positions)

  • Checkable references (we need two of those)

  • Identification

  • Valid visa / passport

  • National Insurance documents

  • Bank account details

What we offer…….

  • Work life balance

  • 90% day shifts

  • A great opportunity to be part of something really exciting

  • Beautiful places to work

  • Holiday pay

  • Lots of hours, or just a few, depending on what you are looking for

How to apply

Thanks for taking the time to check out our posting.

If this sounds like you, and sounds like it could something you like to be part of, then please email us with a short burst on who you are and what position interests you.

Attach a CV with a current phone number and we will be in contact.

Speak soon!


Darren Roser, Catering and Facilities Manager


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