Employment Opportunities


Looking for a GREAT job?

Now that you have your books and school supplies, you are probably beginning to realize that having some extra money would be useful. You're in luck! There are plenty of terrific job opportunities with UC San Diego Dining Services that will be perfect for you and your hectic schedule. If you enjoy working with people and making tons of new friends, employment with UC San Diego Dining Services is just the thing for you! Just read this glowing endorsement from the parent of a student who worked at one of our Restaurants:

We are writing about our daughter Holly, who came to UCSD from the UK for her studies. She is about to graduate and we truly celebrate all the chances that UCSD has offered. Taking part in the excellent UCDC program, but also acting as a research assistant, picking up a minor in Business at Rady, being VP of PR for her sorority, and working all possiblehours on campus at Goody’s as a student lead.

Your team deserves congratulations and thanks. There have been so many along the way that have contributed to that and probably never get to know – TM Academic Advising, Martha and Alex in Dining, the International Center, the wonderful people she worked with daily in Goody’s, special professors who went the extra mile, and many, many more.

Fiat lux,

Graham and Wendi Parcell

Advantages of Working at Dining Services

Many job opportunities are available to students at Dining Services locations all over campus. Dining Services seeks enthusiastic employees with the desire to provide quality customer service to fellow students. Employment with Dining Services offers:

  • Competitive wages.
  • Opportunity for advancement and raises.
  • Work schedules tailored around your classes.
  • Convenient on-campus locations.
  • Perquisite meal with each shift- this means that your meal is practically free.
  • The chance to meet people and make new friends.

Work Schedules

Different shifts, including nights and weekends, are available to fit your busy lifestyle. Dining Services knows how hectic your academic schedule can be and makes every effort to accommodate your needs. Managers or supervisors will assist you in molding a work schedule around your class and finals schedules.

As a student employee, you will be able to work as many as nineteen hours per week or as few as twelve hours per week.

Kinds of Jobs

Dining Services offers the opportunity to learn and perform new tasks almost every day. You might serve fresh-baked desserts one day, handle food production the next, and on the third day operate the register and answer questions. With Dining Services you will be working in a positive, team-oriented environment in whatever task you may be performing. Training, unlike a course in calculus, is an interactive experience designed to be enjoyable as well as educational.

Work Locations/Job Openings

Dining Services facilities have openings at various times throughout the year. As a UC San Diego student you can work at any UC San Diego Dining Services facility on campus. Although it may be easier to live and work at the same college, you are not limited to the restaurant in your specific college.

Current job descriptions:

Residential Dining Food Service Worker

The food handler will provide excellent customer service to students, staff, faculty, and off-campus patrons. Customer service will include greeting customers, preparing and serving food and beverage at various stations, bussing, stocking, dishwashing and operating all kitchen equipment. Students will also learn proper cutting, slicing, and chopping techniques.

Market Food Service Worker

Employees will provide excellent customer service to students, staff, faculty, and off-campus patrons. Duties will include but not limited to customer service, greeting customers, preparing food and beverage at various stations such as the barista station and deli case, maintaining the retail sales floor by following planogram directions, facing, stocking, taking inventory, sweeping, organizing the work areas, sanitation, cleaning, and maintaining all logs.

Openings at UC San Diego Catering

In addition to openings at Dining Services facilities, employment opportunities are also available with UC San Diego Catering. UC San Diego Catering provides full-service catering for a variety of events, on- and off-campus, offering the chance to gain invaluable real-world work experience. Training is provided. Excellent driving record and current driver's license are required. You earn extra shift pay for evening events. If you love great food and want to work in an exciting environment where your surroundings always change, try a position with UC San Diego Catering.

Service Food Service Worker

Employees will learn to provide formal banquet service to students, staff, faculty, and off-campus clients according to American Banquet Association etiquette. Catering service responsibilities include gathering the appropriate materials before delivery. the delivery of food via the use of carts, vans, and full-sized box trucks, banquet set-up and cleanup, on-site inventory control, food preparation, serving, sanitation, and the cleaning/maintenance of all equipment and accessories.

Production Food Service Worker

Employees will learn how to provide a full service fine dining experience to students, staff, faculty, and off-campus patrons. Duties include but are not limited to coordinating food service activity with staff members, bussing tables soon after the patrons exit, operating the dish machine, polishing silverware, sweeping, mopping, cleaning, and organizing the work area as needed.

Student Employees Must Be Registered

Dining Services is committed to employing UC San Diego students. To be considered for a position, you must be registered and have paid your fees.

How To Apply

Please fill out the application information via the link listed below. You will be required to log-in with your Student sign-on information. Please direct any questions or concerns to dsjobscontact@ucsd.edu.


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UC San Diego Dining Services Contacts

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Dining Services
9500 Gilman Drive 0351
La Jolla, CA 92093-0351
Email: dsjobscontact@ucsd.edu.

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