Montana State University Cook III and Cook III, Sr. (Applicant Pool) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 19188

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Search Support at or 406-994-6468.

Classification Title Culinary Professional III/Cook III - BZ

Working Title Cook III and Cook III, Sr. (Applicant Pool)

Brief Position Overview

Culinary Services is looking for motivated team members who are excited to actively participate in the ever changing world of the high-paced food industry. Applications are being accepted for the Cook III pool at MSU!

Position Number Multiple

Department Rendezvous Dining Pavilion

Division Auxiliary Services

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Teamsters

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Starting at $15.50/hour, dependent on experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Hourly

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Culinary Services (CS), a division of Auxiliary Services, provides meals for over 12,000 customers a day becoming an integral part of campus life and the overall college experience. CS proudly provides Montana State University students with not only a repertoire of various cuisines, cooking styles, and flavors, but a comfortable atmosphere to meet friends, study, and simply relax. The division is comprised of 2 residential dining halls, 9 retail operations, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and Bobcat Stadium Concessions, Fork in the Road food truck, MSU Catering, Indulge In-House Bakery & Salads, and the Farm to Campus Program.

The dining halls serve over 10,000 meals per day and are open 7 days a week from 7am – Midnight providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Late Night Bites. Specialty dinners are served multiple times a month highlighting Montana Made, holidays, other special events, and student/parent recipes.

The retail operations serve fresh meals from breakfast to dinner featuring a wide variety of cuisines. May be asked to participate in MSU Catering projects also.

Indulge Salads is an in-house production department operating 7 days/week providing a wide variety of items for all culinary departments on campus. Product ranges from cleaned and cut vegetables to savory or sweet salads to salsa and many other made to order menu items.

University Catering provides full catering services for campus and other contracted events. A sample of the 2000 events worked per year include: VIP meals, buffets, served meals, coffee breaks, drop-offs and sack lunches. The number of catered events can be upwards of 15-25 daily.

Duties and Responsibilities

This applicant pool is for two levels of Cook III positions.

Cook IIIs are assigned the management of production and service for 1 concept.

Cook III, Srs. are assigned the management of production and service for 2-4 concepts.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Skillfully prepare a wide variety of recipes while positively and professionally interacting with customers

  • Ensure quality product is being served

  • Provide leadership, training and/or direction for staff

  • Monitor inventory, keep records, and order accordingly

  • Direct the cleaning, disposition and storage of foods, supplies, and equipment

  • Properly handle food in accordance with FDA food codes

  • Direct staff in the cleaning of areas and equipment in accordance with the sanitarians recommendations

  • Perform other general kitchen duties

  • May assist with recipe and menu development

  • And actively contribute to the team by performing other duties as needed in support of the department’s mission.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Progressively responsible high volume cooking experience and/or cooking multiple cuisines or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Experience leading, directing, and/or training staff.

  • Experience providing excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Advanced degree or certificate in the hospitality, culinary arts, or related field(s).

  • Experience organizing and timing kitchen production.

  • Experience with inventory control.

  • Experience with recipe testing and development.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Work effectively and efficiently in close cooperation with CS staff in a team-oriented environment

  • Exhibit creativity in the culinary arts and exercise critically good judgment concerning taste, palatability and aesthetics of food quality

  • Strong commitment to customer service

  • Exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate employees to perform at and sustain a high level of quality

  • Highly motivated and work with minimal supervision

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment

  • Maintain compliance of policy and procedure

  • Prioritize and organize workload in order to complete tasks in a timely manner

  • Quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Be knowledgeable about State and Federal health and food safety guidelines

  • Represent the department and the University to others in a professional and courteous manner

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Shifts: Vary across departments 7 days per week.

10month and 12month positions available. All positions are eligible for full benefits 12months of the year.

Will work evenings, weekends, long hours, consecutive days during busy periods, and occasional holidays as the school and event schedule demands.

May occasionally work outside and in inclement weather assisting with special events.

Serve Safe certified or have the ability to become certified.

Physical Demands

  • Normal kitchen, cooler, freezer, dock environments.

  • Stationary and/or moving about for long periods of time.

  • Moving product up and down stairs.

  • Frequently moving and lifting containers/product weighing up to 50 lbs and occasionally up to 100lbs.

  • Bending and/or kneeling while stocking product.

  • Gripping handles on small kitchen utensils and other equipment.

  • Performing repetitive motions such as, but not limited to, chopping, stirring and serving.

  • Exposure to cleaning chemicals on a daily basis.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of the search process

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Reviewed on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled.

Special Instructions Please either attach a resume/cover letter or fill in the work history on the applicant profile when applying.

Questions? Contact – Search Support at or 994-6468.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .