New York Seasonal Jobs

Job Information

Cornell University Cook S06, Cornell Dining - Multiple Positions Available in Ithaca, New York

Cook S06, Cornell Dining - Multiple Positions Available


Student and Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. We provide support and services to roughly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on multiple campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

As part of SCL, Cornell Dining is comprised of more than 30 on-campus eateries, including multiple all-access dining rooms, cafes, coffee shops, food courts, retail convenience stores, concessions stands, a restaurant and catering services. From crafting holiday-themed meals to chef surprises and dining room special events, the Cornell Dining team of more than 400 skilled culinarians and front-line associates, and 600 student employees work hard every day to offer a variety of fresh and healthy food from all over the world. Cornell Dining's mission is a commitment to Nourishing the Future: both for our guests and for our team. This is accomplished with a team-oriented and customer-service mindset, and an emphasis on training, education, professional development and career path opportunities for our entire organization.

With support of a Chef, the SO-06 Cook prepares a variety of standard and complex hot and cold food items including culinary specialties as assigned by management, for service in Meal Plan Operations, House Dining, cash, catering and special events .This position can operate independently or, at the direction of management, collaborates with kitchen employees and student workers and at times may provide guidance and direction to other culinary team members.

Likely daily tasks include:

  • Interacting directly with customers, and/or work in an open kitchen environment visible to customers.
  • Prepare and oversee the preparation of a wide variety of hot and cold food items including menus and cuisines inclusive of our diverse community while incorporating a nutritional awareness.
  • Read, scale and convert recipes, as well as provide guidance and instruction to other staff to ensure menu offerings are prepared according to menu and recipe standards.
  • Serve as a role model for other staff members by mentoring and participating in unit training around different cooking techniques and methods, and other essential safety, equipment, and procedural trainings
  • Operating and maintaining a variety of standard and advanced kitchen equipment, as well as instructing others, as needed, on the operation and maintenance of this equipment
  • Ensuring that sanitary, HACCP, and NY State Health codes and procedures are maintained in assigned areas including, but not limited to, temperatures, safe handling procedures, proper sanitary restraints and uniforms

Posting is for multiple positions across Dining with various schedules. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Location and schedule assignments will be based on business needs. Position may require regular evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Daily tasks, locations and schedules may be subject to change including the potential for seasonal lay-offs.

A successful SO-06 Cook will be customer-service driven and demonstrate strong time management as well as strong organizational, leadership, and critical thinking skills. Additionally, this role should have a commitment to learning and instructing others on new and advanced culinary skills and cuisines as well as embrace Cornell Dining's Code of Professionalism to ensure we achieve Cornell Dining's overarching mission.

This is position is part of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The current rate of pay is listed in the collective bargaining agreement here: and starts at $22.73/hour.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of relevant experience related to food preparation or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Must have increased knowledge of proper sanitation and HACCP procedures, food cooking processes and techniques (e.g. grilling, frying, roasting, sauteing, broiling, baking, steaming and brazing) as well as tools and equipment. Basic skills in English including reading, writing, math and verbal articulation.
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. occasionally and up to 50 lbs. (minimal). Must be able to reach over your head, stand for long periods of time, occasional squatting, frequent bending, and conduct repetitive motion, such as chopping, stirring, and mixing.Must be able to withstand frequent/continuous exposure to temperature changes and a variety of environmental and sensory impacts, including but not limited to cold heat, steam, smoke, slippery floors, and food waste areas. Must be comfortable and able to use kitchen equipment such as slicers, fryers, steamers, ovens, as well as be able to learn the utilization of advanced cooking equipment as needed.
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficient knife skills (applicable to the position) and successfully complete a cooking demonstration as part of the interview process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional education and experience preferred including global cooking experience, higher education food service or production kitchen experience. ServSafe Certified preferred.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Familiarize yourself with Cornell's COVID-19 workplace guidance as well as the university's COVID-19 services and information.

University Job Title:

Cook S06

Job Family:

United Auto Workers



Pay Rate Type:


Pay Range:

Refer to Union Pay Rates Link Below

Remote Option Availability:



Contact Name:

Jana English

Job Titles and Pay Ranges:

Non-Union Positions

Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience

  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position

  • Unique applicable skills

  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)

To learn more about Cornell's non-union staff job titles and pay ranges, see Career Navigator.

Union Positions

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined in accordance with the rates in the respective collective bargaining agreement. To learn more about Cornell's union wages, see Union Pay Rates.

Current Employees:

If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell.

Online Submission Guidelines:

Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. You can upload documents either by "dragging and dropping" them into the dropbox or by using the "upload" icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website.

Employment Assistance:

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or email

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also request an appointment to use a dedicated workstation in the Office of Talent Attraction and Recruitment, at the Ithaca campus, by emailing

Notice to Applicants:

Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual's genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Minimum Salary: 31200.00 Maximum Salary: 31200.00 Salary Unit: Yearly