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Cold Food Cook - IMU Kitchen

Rate of pay: $9.50/hour

Work location: Iowa Memorial Union Kitchen

What you will learn

You can expect to learn skills such as time management, conflict resolution, balancing priorities, attention to detail, interpersonal communication, customer service experience, and working with people from diverse backgrounds and working as part of a team.  Although your job in the Division of Student Life may not be directly related to your future profession, the skills you learn here will help you in your chosen career path and give you valuable work experience to strengthen your resume.

Basic job function

Perform various tasks including the preparation, plating and cooking of food.  Organize, cleaning and sanitation which support the operations of a large-scale food service operation.


  • Prepare cold food including cooking, baking, recipe reading, measuring, and cutting
  • Work with kitchen staff on catering and special events
  • Prepare food trays and displays
  • Assist in restocking kitchen and keep area organized
  • Work in dish area as needed including scraping, cleaning and putting away dishes
  • Clean and sanitize tables and other surfaces.  Follow proper sanitation procedures including sweeping and mopping
  • Respond to customer inquiries or problems in a courteous manner
  • Demonstrate civil and respectful interactions with others
  • Dress in proper work attire per department guidelines
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Enrolled as student at the University of Iowa(during academic year)
  • Demonstrated commitment to GREAT customer service
  • Must be a motivated self-starter and able to complete tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) and be positive and respectful in working with a diverse population
  • Must be dependable and reliable
  • Must be able to work through finals week
  • Must be able to move up to 20 pounds and stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to handle meat products

Training requirements

  • Safety Training for Dining Students

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