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Catering Dishwasher & Prep Cook

Job Details

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center - Duluth, MN


What is the DECC?


The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)  is a collection of ten venues hosting conventions, meetings, sports, arts, and entertainment right on the waters of Lake Superior in vibrant Canal Park. The DECC offers spectacular views of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and excellent walkability.

Steps away from charming Canal Park and Downtown Duluth, guests enjoy shops, restaurants, and easy access to hotels. The Duluth Lakewalk and Bayfront Festival Park are just outside our doors.

Home to Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Ballet, UMD Men’s and Women’s Bulldog Hockey, the Olympic gold-winning Duluth Curling Club, and the William A. Irvin floating museum / Duluth Haunted Ship, the DECC is the heart of regional entertainment.

Our commitment to sustainability means that all the events we host bring economic and environmental benefits to our city.



We host events, create experiences, and drive our regional economy.


  • Hospitality
  • Entertainment
  • Community
  • Visionary
  • Stewardship

Catering Dishwasher & Prep Cook

Hourly Wage


** Onsite training, no kitchen experience required

The Dishwasher and Prep Cook position works in our high-volume, high-quality catering kitchen. They are responsible for cleaning dishes and equipment, cleaning foods, chopping and portioning food while keeping a sanitized work area. Following proper food safety guidelines is a priority. This is an excellent position for someone interested in gaining experience food practices, preparation and cooking techniques.

Requirement and Competencies

  • There are no minimum education requirements for this position
  • No cooking experience required, but is preferred
  • Ability to ensure a high level of customer service
  • Ability to adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events
  • Organizational and time management skills


Essential Functions (Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities.)

  • Follow accurate washing procedures for sanitation of dining wares, kitchen wares and equipment
  • Ensure all clean wares are stored in their proper areas
  • Ensure the dish room, all food preparation areas and all food storage areas meet kitchen cleaning standards
  • Assist kitchen staff with cleaning, chopping and portioning food
  • Assist with plating meals as necessary
  • Assist Executive Chef and/or Sous Chef with additional production as needed
  • Report all maintenance problems or other issues to supervisor as they occur
  • Follow accurate food handling guidelines, sanitation, health, and safety protocols



This position is part time, averaging 28hrs or less per week. The schedule is based on DECC event needs. There will be day, afternoon, and/or evening shifts scheduled on various days of the week and may include some holidays.  Hours scheduled are based on the events scheduled at the DECC in each given month. We cannot guarantee a set number of hours per week. A definite end time cannot always be scheduled due to the nature of events, but an estimated time will be provided.


Supervisory Responsibilities
No supervisory responsibilities

 Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, you will frequently be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can occasionally be loud (industrial kitchen equipment).

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, you are required to stand and walk, use your hands and arms, talk and hear, and taste or smell. Vision abilities required by this job include depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. You must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, bending, reaching, squatting and pushing carts. There can be long stretches of standing in place.

Cook shirts are provided by the DECC.

Black pants or jeans (no holes) and sneakers are acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of reference checks
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Successful completion of a drug test, if applicable

Work Authorization/Security Clearance Requirements
The DECC uses USCIS Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment. On the form, an employee must attest to his or her employment authorization. The employee is required to present the DECC with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization at the time of hire. The DECC will examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s).
The list of acceptable documents can be provided by Human Resources.

At-Will Employment
This position is at will. This means if you are offered the position and accept, your employment with the DECC is for an indefinite period of time and it is subject to termination by you or the DECC, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time. Nothing in this job description or any other policy of the DECC shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way, the at will employment status of this position.

The at will employment status of an employee of the DECC may be modified only in a written employment agreement with that employee which is signed by the Executive Director or the Chair of the DECC Board of Directors.

By your signature below, you acknowledge your understanding that your employment with the DECC is at will, and that nothing in this description is intended to constitute a contract of employment, express or implied.

EEO Statement
The DECC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualification and ability. The DECC does not discriminate in employment practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. The DECC will follow any state or local law that provides greater protection. This policy is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. The DECC is committed to taking all other actions necessary to ensure equal employment opportunity for persons with disabilities in accordance with the ADA and all other applicable laws.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Travel Required


FLSA Classification

Type of Position
Part-Time, Event-Driven

Type of Employment


Reports to
Executive Chef


** Onsite training, no kitchen experience required


Requirement and Competencies

  • There are no minimum education requirements for this position
  • No cooking experience required, but is preferred
  • Ability to ensure a high level of customer service
  • Ability to adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events
  • Organizational and time management skills