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Bartender Associate

Rate of pay: $9.50/hour

Work location: Iowa Memorial Union

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 a variety of tasks involved in the service of food and beverages for Catering and Hancher events including setup, service, and clean-up of bars and concession areas. 


  • Responsible for set-up, service, and clean-up of bar and set-up of cash drawer.
  • Accept payment for beverage items, registers and deposits funds in cash register.
  • Accepts charges in accordance with established procedures.
  • Reconcile charge slips and cash according to established procedure.
  • Open and close register at appropriate times.
  • Check identification for age before making sales transactions.
  • Prepare and serve beverages according to standard procedure and quantity.
  • Respond to inquiries from customers in a positive manner.
  • Fulfill customer orders for beverages.
  • Record information used by supervisors for billing and inventory control.
  • Return equipment, bars, and beverage items to proper location following catered event.
  • Responsible for checking out keys to open bar and liquor storage units. Return keys at close of shift or after securing area.
  • Maintain cleanliness of service area and equipment.
  • Assist in on-the-job training of student employees.
  • Responsible for security of alcohol during events.
  • Record any changes in liquor orders.


  • Must be a student of the University of Iowa during the academic year.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to move up to 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work evenings, early mornings, and weekends and be flexible in scheduling from week to week.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills and be positive and respectful in working with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated commitment to GREAT customer service.

Training requirements

  • Cash Handling
  • I-PACT Training
  • Safety Training for Dining Students

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