Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$20.79 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Variable

#TP130965 Cook - Fall 2024

Filing Deadline: Mon 9/2/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Position available through UCSD Temporary Employment Services (TES). Employment through TES is an excellent way to gain valuable UCSD experience and get your foot in the door for career positions. TES employment includes medical coverage, paid vacation & sick time, paid holidays, as well as training and development opportunities!


UC San Diego is hiring temporary Cooks and Sr Cooks to support the campus operations for the 2024 - 2025 School Year.

Duration: This role is anticipated to last from September 2024 - March 2025.

Compensation: $20.79/hour. Eligible for Mid-Level Benefits including medical plans, paid holidays, and vacation/sick leave.

Work Schedule: Variable

Location: 100% on-site on campus in La Jolla.


Under the supervision of the Chef de Cuisine, responsible for performing journeyman-level food preparation techniques in a campus kitchen. Provide training to staff and student employees in entry-level cooking duties. Performs simple culinary duties, such as preparing food at a short grill, grab-and-go items, made-to-order stations, making salad dressings/sauces, and cleaning and preparing produce, serving up to 1,500 meals per shift. Ensures that high standards of food quality, service, sanitation, and safety are maintained at all times. Follow recipes and adhere to strict food safety and allergen procedures.


  • Experience working with standardized recipes and production sheets.

  • Ability to safely operate and maintain food service equipment.

  • Experience operating equipment such as mixers, food processors, slicers, blenders, impingers, gas range, flat top grill, char broiler, hot wells, deep fat fryers, rotisseries, Rheon machines, woks, sauté pans, steamers, and kettles.

  • Ability to measure dry and liquid food Items in units of measurement such as cup, pint, quart, pound, and Oz to properly adhere to recipe and production requirements.

  • Skills in and knowledge of related food service functions such as safety and sanitation, production methods, and equipment maintenance.

  • Problem solving skills to handle situations such as staff shortages, product failures or utility equipment failures.

  • Ability to conduct training programs for staff and student employees.

  • Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions with little supervision.

  • Ability to read, write, perform basic arithmetic calculations, and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Previous training or experience in food preparation techniques.

  • Ability to lift 25 to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with customers, students, staff, faculty and guests.

  • Ability to accurately complete and maintain paperwork, including temperature logs and production records.

  • Must be able to comply with all food handler procedures required by federal and state laws and department requirements.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Operating needs of the department require varied work schedules, (i.e., a.m., p.m., and/or weekend shifts and/or 10-hour workday).

  • Employees may be required to take off (vacation or temporary layoff) during scheduled operational shutdown periods, such as Christmas, Spring & Summer breaks.

  • Health codes require prescribed uniform, hair covering, and good personal hygiene. Meal schedules require extreme attention to promptness and excellent attendance.

  • Meal perquisite is required for all Dining Services employees.

  • Employees may be required to change work location on a daily basis as needed or for an indefinite time period.

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and requires immediate reporting of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of anyone under the age of 18. It is the responsibility of the Mandated Reporter to ensure that they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and University policy, and to complete and submit the required reports to the UC San Diego Police Department without delay.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $41,739 - $51,866 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $19.99 - $24.84

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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