Museum Cafe and Catering Staff

Reports to: Museum Cafe Manager/Chef
Department: Museum Business Services
Position Type:  Seasonal/Variable, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Salary Range: $12.15 per hour plus tips
Benefits:  Not Eligible

Summary of Position

Non- exempt position working in Tacoma Art Museum’s TAM Cafe with an emphasis on customer service.  This position requires cooperation and communication with museum visitors and customers along with other departments within the museum.  The cafe employee will assist in all aspects of cafe, association events, and after-hour event operations.  Candidate must be willing to work after hour events and overtime when needed.


  • Provide a pleasant atmosphere for all TAM Cafe and Tacoma Art Museum visitors.
  • Greet customers, explain the menu, take orders, and deliver orders.
  • Assist when needed with prep and short order food production
  • Work after-hour events, including prep, set up, tray and table service, buffet set-up, bar service, tear down, and clean up.
  • Duties to include sweeping, mopping, dish washing, and other cleaning as needed.
  • Willingness to be approachable, gracious, and dynamic.
  • 3 years’ relevant experience


  • Established foodservice skills with references.
  • Knowledge of health code laws in respect to food operations with current Washington State food handlers card.
  • Current alcohol server’s certification (or must be obtained within 14 days of employment).

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 75 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

  • Please email a succinct cover letter and resume as a single attachment to
  • Include “CCS: First Name Last Name” in subject line.
  • No phone inquiries, please.

Closing Date:  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 with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. 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 through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown university and museum district.

Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes TAM as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.

Another significant gift announced on January 14, 2016 is the gift of the  Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. The Benaroyas carefully assembled over their 70 years of marriage a collection that  includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists. The gift, announced on Mrs. Benaroya’s 93rd  birthday, includes a contribution for the construction of a new 7,390 square-foot gallery addition in which to present the collection.  The new wing  has been designed by award-winning architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based Olson Kundig and is projected to open in January 2019.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family!

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.