On-Call Dining Service Worker

  • University of Puget Sound
  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • Jul 03, 2023
Part time / Adjunct Food Services

Job Description


On-Call Dining Service Worker
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6686
Location: Student Union-Dining Services
Full/Part Time: Part Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Staff Posting Details

Appointment: This is a temporary, on-call position and hours vary week to week. On any given week, you could be scheduled up to 24 hours.

Position Summary: This position is assigned by station and is responsible for the set-up and service within the station. For food stations and the servery that will likely include food preparation and/or stocking and service of food to the customer; for dish and pots stations the focus is on cleaning and restocking of culinary and service ware. DSWs are cross trained and should be able to work within the different types of stations.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Set-up the station according to established standards. Depending on the station assignment, this may include:
  • Firing of equipment: fryers, griddle, grill, steamers, steam tables, ovens, pasta cookers, soup kettles, woks, hot boxes, frozen yogurt machine, dish machine, pot machine, etc.
  • Prep and cooking of station menu items, following established production standards: standardized recipes, production sheets, waste logs, temp logs and other resources as instructed
  • Gathering service utensils, condiments and other service needs
  • Set-up of display plates
  • Menu signage
  • Restocking china, utensils, napkins, paper products, gloves
  • Restocking milk machine, beverages, cereals, condiments and other food/beverage items.
  • Filling and maintenance of sanitation buckets

Additional responsibilities during service times may include:

  • Proper portioning and service to the guest
  • General dining area cleanliness, including bussing tables in all public areas
  • Break down the station according to established standards. Depending on the station assignment, this may include:
  • Proper cooling, labeling and storage of food in refrigerators, freezers, and storerooms
  • Proper product rotation in walk-ins, production coolers, and holding cabinets to assure timely use of food items and minimize potential waste
  • Daily cleaning of kitchen and food storage areas, utensils, and equipment

General duties include:

  • Cleaning and sanitation within assigned station and other DS managed areas, including sweeping, mopping, trash/garbage removal
  • Recycling of cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum
  • Operation of standard kitchen appliances and equipment as listed within station set-up, above, and other items e.g. coffee maker, toaster, choppers, grinders, etc.
  • Works with, and instructs, student staff and regular staff in food preparation and service, storage, and handling of food items as assigned
  • Maintains sanitary work area and habits in accordance with Pierce County Health Department specifications and requirements
  • Regular and predictable attendance
  • Maintains good personal hygiene habits, including washing of hands
  • Performs duties in a safe manner and reports all accidents to the immediate supervisor
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Complies with Dining & Event Services (DES) standards and philosophy
  • Adheres to policies as outlined in the DES Handbook


  • Ability to operate all equipment necessary to perform the job
  • Valid Food Worker Card
  • Ability to count and to read short sentences with a common vocabulary
  • The job offer to the successful candidate is contingent upon the results of background inquiry, and pre-placement physical exam (including drug testing), and strength test
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities are essential


High school diploma or equivalent


  • Experience with operating standard kitchen appliances and equipment, e.g., coffee maker, toaster, dishwasher, etc.
  • Customer service experience

Language Skills

Must be able to speak clearly, listen attentively, read, write, and understand English

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to stand on one's feet for extended periods of time, use hand/finger dexterity continually, and perform repetitive motions.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs. on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

This position is not eligible for benefits.

The pay for this position is $15.74 - $15.74 per hour.

This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: https://pugetsound.edu/about-puget-sound-0/mission-core-values/institutional-equity-diversity

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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