Employment

Every year, University of Montana Campus Dining welcomes over 350+ students to join our family of dedicated student employees and professional staff members. As the largest employer on campus, we have the unique opportunity to engage with thousands of guests throughout our 21 venues and so can you! You may find your niche brewing coffee, cooking up stir-fries, or even managing a staff of students. We have many unique opportunities across campus, so let us work with you to find the best for you.

When looking for employment, we want you to know that we’re more than just food, Campus Dining means you are a part of something larger! We are a strong, connected community that will ensure you will excel professionally, all while you learn valuable skills along the way. As the Univeristy of Montana's premier food service provider, we can offer many unique benefits that you will only find on campus.

Benefits of Campus Dining Employment

  • SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: We’re more than just food, we’re family! We are a strong, connected community that will ensure you excel professionally while you learn valuable skills.
  • COMPLIMENTARY FOOD: You will receive a free meal each day you work a qualifying shift with us! That’s a $10 perk that can be used at any of our locations.
  • COMPETITIVE PAY: Employing over 350+ students every year, we value our employees who help us serve the campus community. We offer an hourly wage range of $10-$12.50!
  • RELAXED UNIFORMS: Students no longer have to worry about changing into a uniform in between classes. Come as you are!
  • SCHEDULING FLEXIBILITY: Your education is our top priority! We will work directly with you and your class schedule. Students may work up to 29 hours per week.
  • STUDENT EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Want to earn a $500 scholarship? Offered exclusively to our Campus Dining family, students are eligible to apply for a scholarship every semester they are employed.

Frequently asked Questions

You must be enrolled for 6 or more credits at the University of Montana (Missoula campuses). Campus Dining also hires temporary employees. If you are enrolled for less than 6 credit hours, let us know and we will be happy to discuss temporary employment!

Absolutely! Students often work in multiple operations to accommodate their schedule and amount of hours they need.  Please note that student employees may not exceed 29 hours per week for all campus jobs.

Catering and Concessions student employees are scheduled on an as-needed, event-driven basis. Their schedules will change every week depending on events.  Other operations typically establish a semester-long work schedule.

Work with your unit manager. In most cases a substitute can be found to cover your shift. Your unit manager will typically ask for your assistance in finding coverage. For special circumstances, the full-time unit manager will work with you when you provide sufficient lead time to make alternative arrangements.

You become eligible for a free meal after completing a shift of three or more consecutive hours. Due to state and federal guidelines, the meal must be consumed in an approved UMCD venue and cannot be shared with others.

Students are paid on a biweekly basis with periods running Saturday to Friday. The exact pay dates and cycles can be found on the UM Human Resources website.

It is recommended that you elect to be paid via direct deposit.  You may elect to receive paper checks, but they are printed a few days later than direct deposit.  Paper checks are available on the noted payroll dates (see biweekly pay schedule) in the Human Resources office in the Lommasson Center, Room 252.  You must present a photo ID in order to pick up your check.  

Due to liability concerns, students are not allowed to work until all hiring paperwork has been completed and signed. You will need a picture ID (Griz Card, driver's license, or valid passport) and proof of citizenship (a social security card or birth certificate), or a valid U.S. passport. 

International students have the following additional requirements: a Social Security Card, an I-20 form, a valid passport, visa, I-94, a DS-2019 (if applicable), a completed Foreign National Information Form, and a letter from the Global Engagement Office.

Starting July 1 2021, starting wages in the Food Zoo Dining room will be $10.50 per hour. The entry wage for all other new student employees will be $10.00 per hour. By taking advantage of the free meal for working three-hour shifts, students can benefit up to an equivalency of $2.17 per hour!

Students with prior professional foodservice experience are encouraged to discuss starting wages with their unit managers. The director for Campus Dining may authorize a higher starting wage depending on your resume and experience. Our Student Leadership Program provides multiple opportunities for higher wages, additional training, and advancement. Wages for advanced positions range from $10.50 to $12.50 per hour.

Absolutely! With rare exceptions students are asked to return each semester. To continue employment from semester to semester, please work with your unit supervisor to determine your hours of availability, based on your academic schedule.

Yes. All Campus Dining operations remain open finals week. Please notify your unit manger as soon as you know your finals schedule. Your unit manager or supervisor will work with you to adjust your work schedule so you will not be required to work during your exam hours.

Federal Work-Study Opportunities

Besides standard student employment, Campus Dining also employs students through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. FWS is a federally subsidized program through which graduate and undergraduate students earn an FWS award by working with approved employers. To be considered for FWS, students must meet the Financial Aid Office criteria. For more information about FWS, please visit the Financial Aid work-study webpage

*Please note all student employees must maintain a course-load of six (6) credits per semester for the duration of their employment.