FOOD SVC WORKER SR PD (Per Diem - Dining Room Attendant / Food Preparation)
Davis, CA 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description


Student Housing and Dining Services (SHDS) is a self-supporting auxiliary that provides housing and dining services to approximately 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and students with families who live in on-campus residential facilities (university owner/managed and Public-Private-Partnerships), as well as providing residential, retail and catering dining services for the campus community. SHDS also provides student support and conference housing services to the campus and general community. For more information about SHDS visit our website at

Student Housing and Dining Services has adopted the following Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement:

-Student Housing and Dining Services is committed to serving the needs of students, staff, faculty and guests from various backgrounds and identities. In full support of our institutional commitment to embrace diversity and practice inclusive excellence, we expect every member of our community to acknowledge, value, and uphold the guidelines set forth in the Principles of Community. As a community of scholars and life-long learners, we commit ourselves to learning together about our differences and commonalities while growing in all areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Under supervision, perform cold food preparation to include: cutting, slicing, chopping, peeling & preparation of sandwiches, salads & variety of express to go meals. Follow recipes, build charts & photo samples to create ready to eat products such as salads, sandwiches, wraps, parfaits & other packaged items as assigned. Utilize correct tools & processes to meet presentation expectations. Scale portions & ingredients for accuracy & exercise all precautions to eliminate possibility of food cross-contamination or temperature abuse during assembly. Produce assigned product within acceptable time restrictions. Prepare food in mass quantity (chopping, slicing, & dicing) for internal use for food production & delivery to dining operations across campus. Must be able to proficiently assemble, use & clean large specialty food processing equipment in a frequent task rotation environment. Stock dining room utensils/dishes and provide dining room attendant duties as assigned. Perform a variety of cleaning, stocking, organizing, preparing, displaying & arranging responsibilities as they relate to food service. Stock dining room utensils, dishes, napkins, beverages cups, salt & pepper shakers. Cut, plate, and/or frost baked goods to serve at dessert station. Stock & replenish beverages at stations, cereal granolas, ice creams, whole fruits, soups, at various stations & self-service bars. Help receive, stock, & rotate product. Keep work area clean & debris free. Identify & correct hazards. Set-up/clean equipment, work tables, sinks & drains in kitchen areas at beginning & end of shift. Ensure compliance with State & Federal Sanitation Guidelines. Use appropriate cleaning agents to perform general kitchen maintenance. Notify management of maintenance problems. Independently safely use, assemble, disassemble & train others to use kitchen equipment following University Dining Services standards.

Please Note: The Recruitment Period is for 1 month: Applicants will be screened after two weeks; and then on a weekly basis. The position can be filled prior to the removal date.


Salary Range


No. of Positions


Appointment Type

Per Diem

Percentage of Time

Part Time

Shift Hours

Variable Days, Variable Hours


Davis, Ca

Union Representation


Benefits Eligible


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  • Position requires frequent daily bending, stooping, reaching overhead, pushing, pulling, walking, standing, and lifting material and supplies weighing up to 50 lbs. Some tasks may have a high rate of repetition, making the same motion or use of a tool (with the force of up to 25 pounds) up to 3 hours at a time (between regularly scheduled breaks). Use of a ladder when retrieving items from high shelves. Use of various industrial kitchen equipment such as; ranges, ovens, slicers, mixers, grill during the course of scheduled shift. Stand continuously (up to 8hrs with regularly scheduled breaks). Work with constant interruptions, distractions, and noise. Work in an environment of high heat and humidity (up to 8 hours with regularly scheduled breaks).
  • This position is subject to completion of a Pre-Placement Medical Exam provided by Employee Health Services, at no charge to the applicant.


  • THIS IS A PER DIEM APPOINTMENT: There is no permanent schedule or shift assigned; work hours will vary based on operational needs. Schedules and shifts are based as needed on a day-to-day basis when necessary to supplement University career staffing.
  • Work flexible/variable schedule (sometimes in excess of scheduled shift) including occasional overtime, evenings/nights, weekends and holidays, occasionally on short notice to meet operational needs. Vacation may be limited during peak operational times.
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] such as hot mitts, safety shoes, goggles and cut resistant gloves.
  • Work in areas where there is frequent contact with residents and guests and that can be hot, cold, dusty, wet and/or smelly.
  • UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. Additional information and specifics regarding the policy are available at
  • Position is a mandatory reporter for known or suspected child abuse and requires that a statement acknowledging the requirement to report child abuse be signed.



  • Basic food preparation experience in a commercial dining facility.
  • Skill to follow production schedules within specified timelines.
  • Skill to use proper tools or material to perform a full range of general kitchen cleaning tasks.
  • Skills to use standard industrial custodial and kitchen cleaning equipment.
  • Skills to communicate in English, both orally and in written form to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and interact effectively with co-workers, supervisors and guests.
  • Customer service experience to cooperate with public and other staff members and convey a helpful, positive attitude. Interpersonal skills to work effectively with and provide excellent customer service to a diverse campus community; communication skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.


  • Experience checking food temperatures throughout all HACCP steps including food preparation, meal service, and storage; complete HACCP logs, date, and label and store all foods. Skill to use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment [PPE].
  • Skill to maintain a sanitary, safe and organized personal work area using specified cleaning materials and solutions.
  • Skill to verify proper concentration of sterilized solution using test strips.
  • Skills to follow proper procedures for lifting, handling broken glass and working around industrial kitchen equipment; and to use wet floor signs when mopping floors or cleaning up spills.
  • Skills to differentiate products' composition, biodegradability, nutrition, etc.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

Until you are compliant with the Vaccination Program, you must follow the enhanced testing and face covering requirements for unvaccinated Employees.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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