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Kitchen Hand

Sydney University Student Union
  • Work alongside professional chefs to deliver amazing food
  • Prestigious and convenient working location on the University of Sydney Main Campus
  • Gain valuable practical experience

WHo We are

We are Australia’s largest and oldest Student Union. We are about students on Campus. As the primary provider of coffee & food on campus, we have a wide range of cafes and quick service venues that include our own Food Truck & Coffee Van.

We are committed to a sustainable future for our campus community and have made commitments ensuring sustainability is embedded into everything we provide – from our events and cafés to our student programs and facilities.

We care about your development so we offer two full days of paid training to help build your barista & customer service skills so you can become a coffee connoisseur & customer service star. 


  • Sharing your winning smile and “can do” attitude to help support the kitchen team in delivering excellent experiences to our customers
  • Working alongside our professional chefs to ensure that all food is prepared to a high standard of quality and presentation
  • A variety of general kitchen duties including some basic cooking, stock control and ensuring that cleaning and dish drop activities are effectively organised 


  • At least 2 years’ previous experience working in a similar fast paced functions, cafe or restaurant environment
  • Previous experience working with a commercial dishwasher, washing the dishes, cleaning and sanitising a kitchen
  • Exposure to food production and basic cooking processes
  • Knowledge and previous experience in working with chemicals
  • The ability to work independently
  • The ability to lift up to 15 kilograms
  • Excellent personal presentation & flexible 'can do' attitude towards work
  • A current Australian Provisional Driver’s License or above is desirable


  • A daily meal allowance to be used at all USU outlets
  • Access to a range of discounts on thousands of products such as life insurance, mobile phones and even gaming equipment!


$30.27 (inclusive of 25% casual loading) per hour + 11% Superannuation 


Up to 38 hours per week in between 7am-11:30pm Monday to Sunday.

*This is a casual role. The hours may vary from week to week, working hours can fluctuate out of the university semester and tend to drop a bit


Immediate Start


The Health and Safety of our community is extremely important to us and so we ask that applicants are double vaccinated with a recognised COVID-19 vaccination and can show us their COVID-19 digital certificate or a medical contraindication exemption certificate.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

  1. Please read the position description here carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position before applying
  2. Scroll down and complete our online application form below
  3. Attach your resume. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume. 

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The USU (University of Sydney Union) is proudly Australia’s oldest and largest not-for-profit student organisation, dedicated to providing students with the best possible university experience. 

Led by a student board elected by our members, the USU provides fun things on campus, such as festivals, events and parties. We manage a diverse range of programs, including an active volunteering program and a Language Exchange, to name a few. In addition, we support over 200 Clubs and Societies as well as operate bars, food and retail outlets across campus, providing great coffee, affordable fresh food, graduation gown hire and official USYD merchandise

We are committed to promoting a workplace of equal opportunities. We promote healthy living and aims to protect the health and safety of staff, members and visitors to the University by providing a Smoke-Free Workplace. We do not accept unsolicited agency applications.

USU is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We’re committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage applicants from all walks of life. Help make us better by joining our team. 

Due to the volume of applications received, shortlisted applicants will be contacted within approximately 4 weeks of the role’s closing date (or 4 weeks from the date of application if there is no specified closing date).

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