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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 $11 an hour (income from tips not permitted)
  • 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 15.

UCSC Dining student employeesTimeline for pre-application and interview process:

  • By July 29: Deadline to fill out and submit the pre-application form
  • By August 7: Qualifying students will be contacted to schedule an interview (Video chat interview is required). If you have not heard from a manager by this date, you have not been selected for interview.
  • By August 8: 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 on September 14, and participating in orientation and training during the following week. If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending any of the early move-in events, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR HIRING at this time. (Instead, you may visit your desired work location once fall quarter instruction has begun and ask the manager on site if they are still hiring.)

If you are selected for hiring, you will move in early on Friday, September 14 and complete your payroll sign-up on this day or September 17.

On Monday, September 17, we have a kick-off dinner and orientation program scheduled for 3:00pm. 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.

UCSC Dining student employees


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.

*2018 Early move-in fees are $321. 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.

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