Jobs at UC Santa Cruz Dining

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Dining Hall Staff
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Career Staff Positions

UC Santa Cruz Dining is a self-operated department under the Colleges, Housing and Educational Services organization. This multi-funded organization of the Business and Administrative Services division at UC Santa Cruz provides leadership in the areas of college student life and residential services, housing services and facilities, employee housing, capital planning, business and financial analysis, dining services, conference services, early education services, the Bay Tree Bookstore, and ID card services. Through these units, educational and developmental programs and services are offered to all members of the campus community including students, faculty, staff, children, and external constituents.

Dining employs over 200 professional staff with a wide variety of skill sets. To learn more about open positions and to apply for a dining staff position, visit jobs.ucsc.edu.

Dining Senior Baker
Under supervision of a Dining Manager, the Senior Baker prepares assigned baking recipes for residence hall meals and other events, providing the highest quality of service to the customers. May assume a leadership role in the bakery by organizing and directing production staff for service. May open or close the facility. Under direction or supervision prepares baked goods appropriate to level Sr. Baker. Follows policies, rules and regulations of the University and CHES. Ensures health and safety guidelines are practiced. This is a fully versatile Baker position that performs some of the more difficult duties in the bakery, oversees bakery operations, directs Bakers, and other Bakery-support personnel such as Principal Food Service Worker and Sr. Auto Equipment Operator. This position can perform all the duties of the lower classifications.

Dining Senior Food Service Manager 
Responsible for the operational management of the assigned residential dining facilities, Catering operations or retail locations, and will act as the Person in Charge (PIC) in the absence of the Unit Manager. Administers a system of quality food production and service for student staff and faculty customers, visitors, and summer conference guests. Utilizes the principles of food production, merchandising, customer service, operations, and human resource management. 

Dining Shift Manager 
Responsible for the operation of a Dining Hall, Retail, or Catering facility or function, and may act as the Person in Charge (PIC) in the absence of the Senior/Food Service Manager or Unit Manager. As assigned, the Shift Manager is responsible for the training, development, scheduling, evaluation input and general supervision of career and student staff. Independent responsibilities include operations management and leadership. Responsible for providing the highest quality of service to customers at all times. Utilizes the basic principles of food production, merchandising, customer service, operational management and human resource management. 

Dining Senior Cook 
Prepares food that is complex and of the highest quality which is appropriate to the skill level of a Senior Cook. Prepares assigned recipes for residence hall meals and other events, providing the highest quality of service to the customers. Fill a leadership role in the kitchen by organizing and directing all assigned production staff for meal service.

Follow all policies, rules and regulations of the University. Ensures health and safety guidelines are practiced. Leadership kitchen position with the appropriate level of experience and competency in food preparation, productions and kitchen management.

Dining Cook 
Prepares food appropriate to the skill level of a Cook. Prepares assigned recipes for residence hall meals and other events, providing the highest quality of service to the customers. May assume a leadership role in the kitchen by organizing and directing production staff for meal service. Follow policies, rules and regulations of the University. Ensures health and safety guidelines are practiced. Performing under supervision, this is a journeyman position with experience and competency in food preparation.

Dining Principal Food Service Worker 
Works independently in the daily oversight of Dining Hall, Restaurant, Retail, and/or Catering operations. Serves as “Lead” for a team and performs a variety of duties related to semi-skilled food preparation and delivery and overseeing safety and sanitation of the location. The Principal Food Service Worker is expected to have substantial knowledge of the complex operation of the dining or kitchen area and to have previous experience or training in their particular area of work.

Dining Senior Food Service Worker 
Performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled food preparations, serving, maintenance, and safety and sanitation functions in the kitchen or dining area.


Student Positions - Earn While You Learn

Working at UC Santa Cruz Dining provides students with real-world job skills and life experience. You'll make new friends, earn money, and have the safety and security of working on campus!

  • Work-study and non work-study students are welcome to apply
  • Students are permitted to work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week, and a minimum of 9 hours per week
  • Hours are available in the early morning, afternoon, evening, late night, and weekends
  • We have an ongoing training program that provides opportunities to advance to Student Supervisor after 2 quarters of employment. This opportunity is available to students who demonstrate responsibility and leadership qualities and wish to earn a higher salary.

Apply to work in one of our dining halls, in our catering department, or at one of our retail locations. Visit the UCSC Career Center Employee Request System and search for the job number of your choice:

Dining Halls:

  • Colleges Nine & Ten - 2835
  • Cowell/Stevenson - 2831
  • Crown/Merrill - 2830
  • Porter/Kresge - 2833

Hospitality Services:

  • Catering - 4327

Retail Locations:

  • Banana Joe's - 8001
  • Global Village Cafe - 19229
  • Oakes Cafe - 5371
  • Perk Coffee Bars - 6249
  • Stevenson Coffee House - 8192

Dining Administration:

  • Admin Assistant - 7892