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Dining Services is the biggest employer on campus, hiring hundreds of seasonal workers a year and maintaining a staff of thousands. Employees that choose to work for Dining Services experience a great work environment with competitive pay and chances for advancement. Our staff is the driving force behind our progressive programming and the continuation of our award-winning dining program.

Student employee wearing a face mask in front of counter at Deet's Place

Dining Services offers many benefits to salary and wage employees.

Gain Opportunities for Advancement

  • As a salary or wage employee, you will gain valuable career skills in leadership, teamwork, professional responsibility, and customer service. Some employees who worked for us have advanced to become operations managers or associate directors for the Virginia Tech dining program.

Free Meal Voucher for each Shift Worked

  • With every shift you work, you will receive a free meal voucher to use in selected dining locations. Not only does Dining Services pay you for your hard work, they also want to make sure that you are eating well.

Flexible Hours

  • Dining Services offers flexible hours that work around your schedule.

Competitive Starting Rate

  • Dining Services offers a competitive starting rate for salary and wage employees.

Experience from an Award-winning Program

  • Dining Services maintains a tradition of award-winning programming, venues, and service. In the last five years, more than 50 colleges and businesses have visited our facilities to see a successful university dining program in action.

To apply for a job at one of the dining centers, submit an electronic application. Dining Services no longer accepts paper applications for dining positions. If you have questions about salary or wage employment, you may contact any dining unit, email dining@vt.edu.

Virginia Tech's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement is available online.

Dining Services offers many benefits to students who need extra money or want to gain practical job experience while attending Virginia Tech. Students gain valuable skills and establish a good work ethic that will assist them in their employment endeavors following graduation.

Undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program with a minimum of 6 credits/hours per semester to be eligible to work for Dining Services. The average full-time student works 15 hours per week, however students can work less or more to best fit their needs and schedule.

Stay On Campus

  • Virginia Tech has 14 dining centers, which offer many employment opportunities for students. The on-campus location makes traveling to work easy for students taking classes on campus. The Blacksburg Transit bus system runs daily, providing a convenient and safe commute to work.

Flexible Hours

  • As a Virginia Tech student, academics should be your number one priority. That's why Dining Services offers flexible hours that work around your class schedule. Dining managers work with you to make sure that your education comes first.

Get Free Food with Every Shift

  • With every 4 hour shift you work, you will receive a free meal voucher to use in selected dining locations. Not only does Dining Services pay you for your hard work, they also want to make sure that you are eating well.

Get Paid $10.50 per Hour

  • Dining Services offers a starting pay of $10.50 per hour. The starting pay for other local restaurants averages around only $8-9 per hour. Not only will you save money on gas, but you will also earn over 15 percent more money.

Learn transferable skills like time management, teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication with a job that offers professional training in customer service and leadership with opportunities for development.

  • Student Wage, starting at $10.50/hr
  • Student Assistant Manager, starting at $11.00/hr
  • Student Manager, starting at $11.75/hr
  • Administrative Student Manager, starting at $12.25/hr
  • Student General Manager, starting at $12.75/hr

Virginia Tech is looking to hire dynamic and diverse candidates to fill a variety of salary and wage positions. Apply now and start your future today.

Application Instructions

  • Gather all documents needed to complete the application process before starting. Suggested information includes your complete education history, references, employment information, and any electronic documents you plan to attach to your application.
  • Go to the Jobs at VT website and select the "Search Jobs" section in the right side bar. Enter "Dining" into the Keywords section at the top of the page and seclect "Search".
  • To view a job posting, select "View" and then "Apply for This Job" if you wish to apply for the position.
  • If you are a new user, select "Create Account" on the left side and complete your electronic application. Your application will be stored in a secure environment and will be accessible for future job interests. Once your application is complete, you must then apply for a particular opening to be considered.

    Note: The more information you provide on your application, the easier it will be to effectively evaluate your skills, abilities, and qualifications. Attaching a resume does not substitute for completing the application form (both must be completed to be considered for employment).

  • When creating your application, you must choose a unique user name and password. Use this log-in to view the status of your application, update applications, or withdraw from consideration. Once you submit an application you will receive a confirmation number and you will not be able to make further changes to your application for that position.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation. Individuals desiring accommodations in the application process are requested to call Virginia Tech Personnel Services at 540-231-5301, or 711 for individuals with hearing or speech limitations.

Dear Dining Services Employees:

As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, we understand many of our employees have questions and concerns about COVID-19 and working in our dining centers. The safety and well-being of our staff and guests have always been the highest priority for our department, and given the changes to life on campus, we want you to know we’ve redoubled those efforts.

Dining Services is working closely with Virginia Tech’s departments of Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety, along with our local health department, to implement the latest state and federal guidelines. Below are examples of the steps we’re taking this fall for the health and welfare of our team members and customers:

●      Dining Services’ staff will be required to wear masks and we’ll encourage our guests to wear them as well.

●      The seating in our dining centers, along with the lines for placing orders, have been reconfigured to meet the latest recommendations for physical distancing.

●      Dining Services is installing more than 200 Plexiglas panels to create partitions between our guests and staff in service areas.

●      Team members will be screened at the beginning of each shift, based on recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health.

●      Schedules for cleaning and disinfecting will be created for each dining center. Electrostatic sprayers will be available in each facility to improve efficiency.

●      More than 70 touchless card readers have been installed at registers to eliminate the need for customers to hand their Hokie Passport cards to cashiers. In addition, we will no longer accept cash at our dining centers, which includes debit and credit cards.

●      Along with our standard practices of hand-washing and using disposable gloves, we’re installing additional hand sanitizer stations.

●      All returning and new team members will receive COVID-19 training.

●      Training, orientation, and management meetings will be moved online.

As the fall semester progresses, our COVID-19 procedures will continue to evolve and the safety of our community will remain our primary concern. I want to personally thank everyone for their commitment to our department and Virginia Tech as we continue to serve our campus. Your hard work and dedication is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Ted Faulkner

Assistant Vice-President for Housing, Dining, and Student Centers

In order to begin employment with Virginia Tech Dining Services, students will need to provide proper ID and documentation to their hiring manager. Make sure you bring the original documents needed with you from home to get you started as quickly as possible. A full list of acceptable documents can be found here.