Village Life in ESS Remote Villages

December 18, 2018
By Chris Girardi

As a FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) worker - from mining teams to chefs - it’s pretty easy to feel isolated when you find yourself in some fairly remote locations. And, with the people around you constantly coming and going, it can be difficult to feel like you’re part of a community. This is a problem ESS Remote Villages seeks to solve, helping you create a home away from home to ensure you truly enjoy your time on-site.

In ESS Villages, you don’t just get ‘a bed and a feed.’ Not only will you have all the amenities of home, wherever you’re from, but you’ll be surrounded by some of the most exciting people you’ll ever meet, each with their own unique story!

To give you a taste of life in some of these amazing ESS Remote Villages, we’ve taken a look at some of the awesome things to see and do; helping you LOVE your FIFO experience so much, you might even be sad to leave!


Who You’ll Meet

The nature of FIFO work means that you’ll have people coming from all over the place to work in certain areas across various projects. That means that at ESS Remote Villages, you’ll meet people from across Australia and overseas, working in the area on a range of different things.

From the moment you fly to the local airport, you’ll be surrounded by other FIFO workers, each with their own stories and interests. And, with so many people in the village, you’ll be seeing them around! So, strike up a conversation with your fellow FIFO workers - who knows, you may have a host of new friends in no time!

What You’ll Serve/Eat

ESS is committed to providing residents a variety of delicious food and cuisines everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner (including a full buffet for breakfast and dinner that is often one of the most popular in each region!) So, as an ESS chef, your job is one of the most essential parts of creating a lasting experience at each Village.  Chefs in ESS villages are given a lot of room to explore different cuisines and encouraged to host theme nights to create a fun and inclusive atmosphere in their kitchens.

Not only that, ESS village offer perks such as:

  • 24/7 access to take-away foods, including pizza and burgers

  • A licenced tavern, for that after-work hangout

  • The simple Whole + Sum portion program, to help residents make an educated choice about what they eat

As an ESS chef, you and your restaurant really are the soul of the village - a place where everyone comes to relax and connect.


Where You’ll Stay

Each one of the rooms in ESS remote villages are fully-serviced. That means your bedroom (including a king-single bed, fridge and tea & coffee facilities) and ensuite are all taken care of - you just have to bring yourself! Laundry? Simple. At the end of each accommodation block you’ll find a complete laundry with washing machines, dryers and detergent all included with your room.

It doesn’t stop there though. You’ll have access to Wi-Fi, so you can stay in touch with friends and family while on-site, as well as Foxtel in-room, so you can keep on top of your all your favourite shows.

What You’ll Do

In your downtime, you’ll also have access to a whole range of amenities, meaning you can keep your daily routine from back home. Why not reach your fitness goals in the fully-equipped gym or with expert-led fitness classes? Maybe relax and catch up with friends during a game of pool or darts. You can even take some time to yourself in the reading room, once you grab a book or newspaper from the library, or visit the licensed tavern to wind-down over some food and drinks.


The FIFO Lifestyle

Living in an ESS Remote Village is just one example of how awesome life on-site for FIFO work can truly be. You’ll be a part of a thriving community, creating a home away from home for workers from across the country! If you need more convincing, check out our list of 5 facts you never knew about FIFO!

There are many FIFO chef opportunities open that could take you to ESS villages across Australia. If you’re interested in learning more and seeing the latest chef jobs on offer, join our Paddl Hospitality and Food Service Facebook Group to see more posts like this one, or ask us any questions!