Dining Utility Worker

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Position Summary

The Utility Worker ensures the cleanliness and sanitation of kitchen areas through operation of dishwashing equipment, sweeping, mopping and other duties.

General Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the proper amount of soap and temperature of wash water in sinks before washing pots, pans, dishes, equipment and utensils on assigned shifts. Responsible for the proper amount of sanitizer for the proper sanitation of all items washed adhering to VT Board of Health. Responsible for the proper cleaning and sanitizing of all soiled items that are brought into the dish-room including all hand carts and returning such items to their proper locations.
  2. Responsible for the inspection of all internal parts and the proper set up of the dish machine before every meal. Check for proper temperatures of all water tanks and check soap dispensers making sure they have product and are in working order. If temperatures and or soap dispensers are not working properly shut machine down and report to Management immediately.  
  3. Ensure clean and sanitary condition of the dish machine, conveyor belt, sinks, vats, steamers, and other equipment in the kitchen; clean after each meal.
  4. Properly sweep, scrub and mop all assigned areas at end of shift. Clean kitchen equipment as assigned.
  5. Remove trash and recycled items from dining areas and place in proper receptacle.  Monitor receptacle usage on a daily basis to ensure continuous cleanliness of assigned areas.
  6. Maintain adequate supply of cleaning materials and notify management of any shortages.  Maintain current knowledge of cleaning supply usage/safety.
  7. When needed, assist with retrieval/stocking of food products from/to kitchen storage areas.
  8. Operate assigned vehicles as required to transport food/supplies/equipment/personnel to assigned areas and/or to facilitate execution of job functions.  Report any mechanical defects in vehicle and equipment to Management immediately.
  9. Deliver, set up and pick-up of special functions as required.  Assist in the proper set up and service of assigned functions.
  10. Promote a positive and congenial atmosphere and working relationship with students, employees, supervisors and other individuals that this position may come in contact with.  Work effectively with other personnel to complete/coordinate designated duties.
  11. Maintain proper care of equipment.  Report necessary equipment repair and maintenance to Management immediately.  
  12. Adhere to proper dress code requirements, as determined by season and function.
  13. Comply with established sanitation standards and health standards for kitchen and kitchen storage areas.  Observe proper food preparation, handling and storage techniques.
  14. Follow established safety rules and regulations including using appropriate guards and safety devices on all equipment.  Maintain a safe and clean work environment.  Keep informed of all material safety data sheets. Attend and successfully complete/pass College-sponsored safety classes and seminars.
  15. Promote a positive and congenial atmosphere and working relationship with students, employees, supervisors and other individuals that this position may come in contact with.  Work effectively with other personnel to complete/coordinate designated duties.
  16. Use proper judgment in work assignments on a daily basis and recommend improvements in work efficiency.  Effectively manage own time.
  17. Perform additional related duties as assigned.




  1. High School graduate and/or GED equivalent required; previous experience and knowledge of current principles, practices, equipment, materials and methods used in large-scale food production preferred..
  2. Successful completion of annual Hazardous Communication Training Program, and Food Sanitation (ServSafe) course as required.  Ability to understand proper use of chemicals used in the performance of position duties and maintain familiarity with the chemical’s material safety data sheets.  Required attendance and successful completion/passing of College-sponsored classes and seminars determined by employer.  
  3. Valid/current driver’s license preferred, good personal cleanliness and hygiene.  
  4. Exceptional customer service skills; demonstrated experience interacting and developing relationships with internal customers.  Demonstrated ability to multi-task, respond to requests with a sense of urgency, and complete work orders in a timely manner.  
  5. Language Skills: Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions, procedures, correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write correspondence.  Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  6. Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure and inventory, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals to solve problems. 
  7. Reasoning Ability: Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and discussing ideas with supervisor.  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Good organizational skills.

Physical, Mental and Visual Effort

This position has frequent contact with coworkers.  This position works primarily within a fast-paced, general dining services area including kitchen, dining halls, snack bar area, dish room.  Some of these work locations may include exposure to slippery surfaces, hot surfaces and materials, temperature extremes, sharp tools, broken china and glass, and spilled liquids, hot water and steam, cleaning solutions, and chemicals.  Noise level is moderate. This position may also work within and outside of regular office buildings and academic/campus facilities for special functions.


This position requires routine medium to heavy physical exertion; typically involves lifting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, walking, pushing, pulling and climbing stairs to coordinate work; heavy physical exertion required when moving equipment/supplies. Fine motor skills requiring use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Specific vision abilities include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.