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
- Free Food!: Free meals may be provided to students working a minimum shift of three consecutive hours. Think of the money you'll save and the great food you'll eat!
- Scholarship Opportunities: Campus Dining regularly awards student employee scholarships. It pays to work for us!
- Scheduling Flexibility: We will work directly with you to find a schedule that accommodates your class schedule.
- Variety of work: Campus Dining has a variety of locations, from our coffee shops to catering to our residential dining room. We provide a variety of awesome jobs to fit your interest. We offer it all!
- Convenience: Work on campus! Save time and money traveling to and from work. You're already here!
- Build your resume: When it comes to hiring, employers say that real work experience and professional references are as important as a degree. Start building your resume today!
- Advancement Opportunities & Internships: In conjunction to academic endeavors, some student positions are available for credit. See a Campus Dining manager for details. Learn valuable leadership skills for your future!
Frequently asked Questions
What qualifies me as a "student" for work purpose?
You must be enrolled for 6 or more credits at the University of Montana (Missoula campuses). You must present a picture ID (Griz Card, driver's license, or valid passport) and a Social Security Card. 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 appicable), and a completed Foreign National Information Form, and a letter from the Global Engagement Office.
Can I work in more than one operation?
Yes. You can work in multiple operations if necessary to accommodate the schedule and amount of hours you want. Student employees must not exceed 29 hours per week.
Will my work schedule change all the time?
Generally no, unless you sub or there is a special event in your unit. Catering and concessions student employees are scheduled on an as-needed event-driven basis.
What if I need to take a scheduled day off?
It is your responsibility to find a sub for your shift. Typically, a coworker looking for extra hours will "sub" for you. For special circumstances, the full-time unit manager will work with you when you provide sufficient lead time to make alternative arrangements.
When do I get to eat my free meal?
You become eligible for a free meal only after completing a shift of three or more consecutive hours. Due to state and federal guidelines, the meal must be consumed in an approved MD venue and must not be shared with others.
When are the paydays and pay periods?
How do I get paid?
You can elect to be paid via direct deposit or to receive paper checks. Paper checks are available on the noted payroll dates (See bi-monthly pay schedule), in the Human Resources office of the Lommasson Center, Room 252. You must present a photo ID in order to pick up your check.
What will I need to get hired?
You must present 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 appicable), and a completed Foreign National Information Form, and a letter from the Global Engagement Office.
What is the starting wage?
The entry wage for new student employees is currently $8.65 per hour. Our Student Leadership Program has opportunities for higher wages, additional training, and advancement.
If I am hired, is it for the whole year?
No, students are hired on a semester basis. To continue employment from semester to semester, please work with your unit supervisor to determine your hours of availability, based on your academic schedule. You must be taking at least 6 credits per semester in order to maintain your status as a student employee, and be in good standing, both academically and with your unit, in order to return for consecutive semesters with Campus Dining.
Will I have to work during finals week?
Yes. Your unit manager or supervisor will work with you to be flexible around your finals schedule and 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.