Jobs at UC Santa Cruz Dining

Join our team!

  • Competitive pay! Great benefits!
  • 14 paid holidays, plus vacation and sick leave
  • Medical, dental & vision care insurance plans
  • UC retirement plans
  • Free meals
  • Life insurance, legal insurance, and pet insurance
  • Gym discount at UCSC recreation

Career Staff Positions

We are hiring for all positions listed below. Once a position is filled, it will be removed from this list. Apply today by selecting a blue position title below!


Dining Principal Food Service Worker

Starting Pay: $21.02 / Hourly

 Duties:

  • Works independently in the daily oversight of Dining Hall Restaurant, Retail location, 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 Cook

Starting Pay: $24.01 / Hourly

 Duties:

  • 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

Starting Pay: $22.01 / Hourly

 Duties:

  • Prepares food appropriate to the level of skills 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 Shift Manager

Starting Pay: $58,000 / Annually

 Duties:

  • 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 Sous Chef

Starting Pay: $59,000 / Annually 

Duties:

  • Performs advanced culinary duties, including preparation and quality assurance for food that is complex and of the highest quality. 
  • Prepares assigned recipes for residence hall, retail and catering meals, and other events.
  • Coordinates portion control and continually reviews and updates menus and recipes. 
  • Has a supervisory role in the kitchen and is responsible for organizing and directing career and student staff producing and serving over 5,000 meals per day.

Dining University Center Chef

Starting Pay: $60,000 / Annually

 Duties:

  • Spearheads new recipe development requiring advanced culinary skills, artistic creativity and inventive methodology.
  • Develops, tests and refines recipes for all University Center menus focusing on highest quality and speed of service. Utilizes University Center kitchen for ongoing staff training and testing.
  • Daily oversight in the kitchen with full time staff and part time student staff to provide quality service and food for groups of up to 2000+.

Dining Bakery Manager

Starting Pay: $65,000 / Annually

 Duties:

  • Responsible for the operational management of the assigned dining facilities and bakery operations. 
  • Acts as the Person in Charge (PIC) in the absence of the Unit Manager. 
  • Utilizes the principles of food production, merchandising, customer service, operations, and human resource management.

Dining Senior Food Service Manager

Starting Pay: $65,000 / Annually

Full Benefits: medical, vision, dental, holiday pay, vacation, sick time, retirement plan, free meal

Duties:

  • 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.

About Our Organization

UC Santa Cruz Dining is a self-operated department under the Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) organization. This multi-funded organization of the Division of Finance, Operations and Administration (FOA) 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 Campus Store, 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.