Congratulations!!! The University of Connecticut Department of Dining Services is a Great Place to Work and you have made a great choice in seeking employment with our award-winning and growing department. UConn Dining has been named a Top 25 in the Country Dining Power Player by Food Management magazine and UConn remains among the nation’s top 25 public universities.

Dining Services plays a vital role on the UConn Storrs campus. We serve more than 185,000 meals per week in our eight residential dining units, as well as offering excellent food and service throughout campus in 5 cafes (including one that is plant-based), Union Street Market Food Court, 3 eateries, an ice cream shop, food truck, ice cream truck, and two bakeries (one strictly gluten-free). We also have a convenience store, student farm, catering division, test kitchen, commissary, and central production kitchen.

As one of the largest self-operated food service programs in the country, our services extend beyond just having tasty food for our customers. We strive to be sensitive to the varied needs of students with special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, Kosher, and Halal. As the sole provider of food service on our campus, we have the obligation, responsibility, and honor of serving healthy, sustainable, and delicious food to our student body.

Want to know more? Get to know some of our staff below or check out just some of the highlights on how Dining Services is involved on campus, in the community, and with sustainability initiatives.

If you are considering completing an application for employment, the information below will guide you through the process. Please take the time to read the following information.

General Information for Full-Time Applicants (Non-State Positions)

  • PLEASE complete the application in full and sign where indicated. Applications not filled out properly will not be considered.
  • The position you are applying for is a NON-STATE
  • As a condition of an offer for employment, you will be required to submit to a background, criminal record check, take and pass a drug screen, a physical and back evaluation.
  • There will be short periods of lay-offs between semesters and some summer lay-offs.
  • You will be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits during lay-offs.
  • Schedules will be mainly second shift, which varies from 11:30am – 8 pm , 3:30pm to 12 midnight, or 5:30pm to 2am. (Late night shifts are eligible for a shift differential.)
  • Schedules will generally include weekends. The good news is the longer you work, the greater the potential for you to get an earlier shift.
  • All positions entail serving food, some heavy lifting, general utility duties, and food preparation.
  • Please “click” on our job descriptions link for Kitchen Assistants, Chef assistants, and Chefs.
  • Good attendance is a MUST.

Benefits Include:

  • Pay rates range from $16.30 an hour for kitchen assistants to $22.42 an hour for chefs
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance for the employee at no cost
  • Sick and vacation days
  • Paid holidays
  • Pension plan
  • Uniforms provided
  • Safety incentive awards
  • Career ladder potential
  • On the Willimantic bus line

Open Positions & Application

Open Positions

Kitchen Assistants (Full time, Non-state, Union) **hiring bonus**

Chefs (Full time, Non-state, Union) **hiring bonus**

Chef Assistants (Full time, Non-state, Union) **hiring bonus**

Bartenders (Per Diem)

Catering Supervisor (Full time, Non-state) (applications received by 5/27/22 will be given priority)

Catering Coordinator (Full time, Non-state)

Employment Application

UConn Student Employment — Information and How to Apply

Dining Services is hiring students!! The Department of Dining Services is one of the largest employers of students at the Storrs campus. We offer many different types of jobs throughout our department from working in the dining units to working in our own bakery, coffee shops, or the main office. We also employ students from the Hartford campus. We’ve got something for everyone!

Late Night Shift Incentive: Any newly hired student employee who signs up for 3 shifts that are at least 3 hours long and begin at 7:30pm or later will receive $100 in points. The points will be added to their student ID and will not expire unless the student is released from employment. The student must work these shifts for a minimum of 30 calendar days before the points are added. **This applies only to shifts at Union Street Market, McMahon, and Northwest.**


Please apply via UConn JobX.  Morts at Avery Point is also hiring but is listed separately on JobX from Storrs dining jobs.

  • Starting pay rate of $13/hr (increasing to $14/hr as of July 1, 2022)
  • Free meal on the shift you work
  • Flexible shifts
  • Student management opportunities (great for resumes)
  • Fun working environment
  • We accept work-study from Financial Aid

Questions? The Student Program Coordinator is Erik Criollo and he can be reached at erc18023work@uconn.edu

The Department of Dining Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

Other questions about student employment: Office of Student Financial Aid Services – Student Employment. Department of Human Resources

UConn Student Employment — Dining Locations That Are Hiring


Catering students will specifically staff events around campus on a week to week basis,  You will start off as a Student Caterer with the opportunity to pursue promotions to Banquet Server or Bartender. 


Union Street Market (USM)- Located within the Student Union, the USM staffs multiple locations within the building. Workers can pick up a variety of shifts within the food court, One Plate, Two Plates or Earth, Wok, and Fire. USM is located in the center of campus, making it easily accessible for commuters and employees living in any residence hall.

Uniquely Caffeinated Cafes- UC Cafes has multiple locations across campus, where you will be trained on how to be a barista. UC Cafes are heavily student-run and are a great way to make friends on campus while making money doing it. 

Mango- Located within UConn’s Rec Center, Mango is another heavily student-run operation where you will make smoothies, salads, and sandwiches for everyone, especially gym goers. This location is particularly close for people living in Alumni, West, or McMahon residential halls.

Union Central Exchange (C-Store)- Also located within the Student Union, C-Store employees are primarily cashiers within the C-Store and UConn’s Food for The Pack food truck. C-Store is located in the center of campus.

CPK/Bakery- Those working for CPK and Bakery will make the sandwiches and baked goods that are sold at the various retail locations across campus, as well as the occasional special orders to Dining Services. Those working CPK/ Bakery will have very minimal customer interaction.

Dairy Bar - This popular ice cream spot on campus is run primarily by students serving the UConn community and the public. Jobs here can include making milkshakes, scooping ice cream, working as a cashier, or helping make ice cream in the creamery. The Dairy Bar and the Creamery are two separate jobs. Look at the Jobx description when applying.

Morts (Avery Point campus) - Morts is the dining facility for Avery Point students. The application for Morts is listed separately on JobX since it is a different campus.

Board plan/Residential:

Buckley- Buckley Dining Hall is the smallest of the bunch, located on the ground floor of the Buckley Residence Hall and right next to Shippee. As these are primarily Honors dorms, Buckley is a great fit for incoming Honors freshmen as well as Fine Arts students as the Fine Arts Complex is located across the street.

Burton- Located within the Burton Family Football Complex, students will be serving the football team for their meals every day. It is located behind the South Parking Garage, putting it relatively close to those living in McMahon, West, and Werth Towers and Garrigus Suites.

McMahon- Located within the McMahon Residential hall, it is the perfect fit for those living in the building or right next door at West, Alumni, or South.

North- North Dining Hall is located right in the epicenter of North Campus residential halls, making it a good fit for anyone living within that area.

Northwest- Located right next door, Northwest is another good fit for anyone living on that side of campus. 

Putnam- Stationed right behind Werth Towers, Putnam is a great choice for those living there, in Garrgius Suites, or a bit farther back in Hilltop Apartments.

South - South Dining Hall is found behind the Snow residential hall and is easily accessible to students living in South, Alumni, and West.

Gelfenbein - More commonly known as “Towers’ Dining Hall”, Gelfenbein is usually primarily staffed by other freshmen living in the buildings surrounding it.

Whitney- The dining hall most easily accessed by those living in East campus, Whitney’s newest remodeling makes for a beautiful work environment for anyone living in the area.


All of the listed positions are also easily accessible to commuter students. All of the listed locations are also managed by a team of students and will offer promotional opportunities semester to semester. 

Faces of UConn Dining

Get to know just some of the many talented, dedicated, and hard-working members of the UConn Dining Services team. Click on each photo to read more about each staff member or click the "All profiles" link to see them all.