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Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Job Description:


Job Category:

Food Services


Dining Services

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Closing Date:

Position will remain open until filled.





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The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

Under supervision, incumbents perform journeyman level food preparation duties. Cooks perform or lead food preparation duties in a kitchen of a campus hospital, residence hall, restaurant or cafeteria; and perform other related duties as required. Typically train and/or lead one or more Assistant Cooks and Food Service Workers in the performance of food preparation duties and in the maintenance of sanitation and safety standards in a campus kitchen. Position is one of multiple Cook positions responsible for preparing, cooking and serving meals in a production, platform or demonstration setting throughout the dining room. This position functions at the journeyman level, interacting and attending to their requests as needed.

Dining Services is comprised of residential dining, retail operations, convenience store, and campus catering operation serving special events across campus, and an onsite campus commissary were local goods and ready to eat products are produced.


Food Preparation
Customer Services and Professional Communication
Safety & Sanitation


High school diploma or equivalent.

Ability to read, write and perform basic arithmetic calculations.

Three years of experience in food preparation and general maintenance of a kitchen area, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Excellent customer service skills to cooperate with public and other staff members and convey a helpful, positive attitude, preferred.

Interpersonal skills to work effectively with and provide excellent customer service to a diverse campus community, preferred.

Communication skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships, preferred.

Culinary experience and/or equivalent training in a high-volume, industrial culinary environment, preferred.

Experience with culinary techniques, including but not limited to: saut ing, grilling, frying, steaming, and preparing sauces and stocks, preferred.

Skill to taste and discern; product quality, read and interpret recipes and menus, estimate ingredient requirements, check production and keep records to accurately plan production requirements and request supplies and equipment, preferred.

Skill to prepare complex recipes and perform multiple tasks simultaneously, preferred.

Knowledge of cuisines from varying customer bases, including Regional American, Asian, Italian and Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegan, preferred.

Ability to work with Nutrition Services and execute culinary and nutritional requirements for special diets (vegan, gluten free, kosher, etc.), preferred.

Skill to check recipes, recognize problems and make corrections as needed, preferred.

Skill to guide a wide range of tasks to student assistants and kitchen support staff. (Lead food service workers), preferred.

Skill to differentiate products' composition, biodegradability, nutrition, etc., preferred.

Problem solving skills to troubleshoot problems as they arise, find alternate solutions, and implement solutions in a professional and efficient manner, preferred.

Knowledge of proper procedures for lifting, handling broken glass and skill to use wet floor signs when mopping floors or cleaning up spills, preferred.

Skill to verify proper concentration of sanitized solution using test strips, preferred.

Successful completion of Sanitation/Food Borne Illness prevention (HACCP) within 90 days of start, annual renewal.

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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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