TAM Cafe and Catering Cook

Reports to: Cafe Manager/Chef
Department: Museum and Business Services
Position Type: Full-time, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Salary: $12-14 per hour, plus tips during catering events
Benefits: Eligible

Summary of Position

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) seeks energetic and approachable team members to fulfill cafe and catering customer service duties. Ideal candidates will have a background in culinary arts and customer service, be able to maintain a positive attitude under stress, and have flexible scheduling availability. Because TAM Cafe is an important element of the overall visitor experience, the ideal candidate will have a proven customer service experience in a food service environment.


  • Preparing food orders with a high attention to detail.
  • Day to day customer service ranging from cooking, food preparation, greeting customers, explaining menu items and specials, counter service, bussing, delivering food orders, dishwashing, general café presentation, cash handling (Square system) and customer service.
  • Follow Chef’s recipes and standards.
  • Provide a pleasant atmosphere for all TAM Cafe and Tacoma Art Museum visitors.
  • Duties include sweeping, mopping, dish-washing, and other cleaning as needed.
  • Flexibility to work after hour events, including prep, batch cooking, creative presentation, buffet management, plated meals, tear down, and clean up.
  • Responsible for covering the Cafe Manager/Chef duties during vacations and outages.
  • Other duties to include assisting in public spaces or other duties as needed.


  • 3 years cooking, catering and cafe experience preferred.
  • Must maintain a clean work environment.
  • Ability to stay calm in stressful situations.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Established food service knowledge with references.
  • Ability to deliver positive, friendly, and engaging customer service.
  • Commitment to team approach and ability to collaborate openly.
  • Solid organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess or can obtain a MAST 13 card and food handler’s permit.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule and work evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of health code laws in respect to food operations.
  • Follow directions when given and able to work independently as well as in a team environment in a close proximity.

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

  • The essential physical requirements of this position include:
  • Standing or walking for long periods of time.
  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, machinery, computers, and/or controls.
  • Ability to lift objects (up to 60 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.
  • Continuously exchange information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community.
  • Some work may be occasionally performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions.
  • Negligible local travel, less than 5% of work hours.

To Apply

  • Send resume and cover letter indicating why you’d like to work at TAM to
  • Include “Cafe and Catering Cook_FIRST NAME_LAST NAME” in the subject line
  • No phone inquiries, please

Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution that champions a dynamic and complex approach to exhibitions. The museum’s passionate staff are driven by the mission of connecting people through art, empowering visitors to create meaning with artworks through innovative interpretive and programming strategies. Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art.

Founded in 1935, TAM has strong roots in the community. Along with five other nearby museums and neighboring University of Washington at Tacoma, TAM anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown core.

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.