Jobs at UC Santa Cruz Dining

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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 employees over 200 professional staff with a wide variety of skill sets. To learn more about open positions and/or to apply for a dining staff position, visit

Sr. Food Service Worker

Under the Supervision of Managers and the direction of Principle Food Service Workers, the Sr Food Service Worker performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled food preparation, serving, maintenance and safety and sanitation functions in the kitchen or dining area.

Principal Food Service Worker

Under the supervision of Managers, the Principal Food Service Worker (PFSW) will work independently in the daily oversight of a dining location acting as the Lead for a team that performs a variety of duties related to semi skilled food production, maintenance, etc. The PFSW also has responsibilities including cash handling, customer service, safety and sanitation, etc.

Assistant Cook

Under the supervision of managers and the direction of Sr. Cooks and Cooks, the Assistant Cook is responsible for the preparation of assigned menu items including entrees.


Under supervision of managers and direction of the Sr. Cook, the Cook prepares assigned recipes for residence hall meals and other events. The Cook may assume a leadership role in the kitchen by organizing and directing production staff for meal service.

Sr. Cook

Prepares food of the highest quality for residence hall meals and other events. The Sr. Cook fills a leadership role in the kitchen by organizing and directing assigned production staff for meal service.

Shift Manager, Catering

Under the direction of the Unit Manager the Shift Manager is responsible for the operation of Catering, Retail or Dining Hall. Duties and responsibilities include training, scheduling, customer service, operational managment and general supervision of career and student staff.

Sous Chef

A Supervisory role in the kitchen responsible for organizing and directing career and student staff producing and serving over 5,000 meals per day.

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 next door to where you live!

  • 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 now 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
  • Rachel Carson/Oakes - 2832

Hospitality Services:

  • Catering - 4327
  • Perk Coffee Bars - 6249
  • Terra Fresca - 8198

Retail Locations:

  • Banana Joe's - 8001
  • College Eight Cafe - 7847
  • Oakes Cafe - 5371
  • Owl's Nest Cafe - 5370
  • Stevenson Coffee House - 8192

Dning Administration:

  • Admin Assistant - 7892