Student Jobs

Student Workers for UCSC DiningEarn 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!

Apply now to work in one of our dining halls, in our catering department, or at one of our retail locations.

  • 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
  • Our starting pay is $10.50 an hour
  • 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.

If you have the qualifications to become a Student Employee for UC Santa Cruz Dining and you are selected for hiring, a notification with complete instructions will be sent to you by August 16.

Timeline for pre-application and interview process:

  • By July 30: Fill out and submit the pre-application form
  • By August 2: Qualifying students will be contacted to schedule an interview (Video chat interview is required).
  • By August 9: Selected students will be notified of hire.

Please remember that part of being hired at this time is participating in the MANDATORY early move-in program, which includes orientation and training. If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending any of the early move-in events, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR HIRING.

If you are selected for hiring, you will move in early on Friday, September 15 and complete your payroll sign-up on this day or September 18.

On Monday, September 18, we have a kick-off dinner and orientation program scheduled for 2:00pm. For the rest of the week you will be training. As a Student Associate “in training” you will be able to beat the crowds with early move-in to the residence halls and receive FREE* room and board during this paid training period. If you are serious about working with the dining team, you will want to save these dates for move-in and training.

We are no longer accepting applications for the early arrival program. Students selected for hire will be notified by August 9.

If you were not selected for hiring and you're still interested in working with the UC Santa Cruz Dining team: once you settle into your new home at UCSC, please check back with us at the location you'd like to work to see if we are hiring...just ask for a manager.

If you worked for UCSC Dining in the spring, and are returning to work in the fall, please do not reapply. Contact your manager directly if you have any questions about returning to work.

*2017 Early move-in fees are $309. We waive the fees when you agree to work 11 weeks of fall quarter (including finals week). Failure to do so will make the fees your responsibility.