Chautauqua Institution

  • Athenaeum/Heirloom - Dishwasher

    Job Locations US-NY-Chautauqua
    Posted Date 8 months ago(8 months ago)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Dishwashers are responsible for a number of duties. They are responsible for making sure dishes, pots and pans are cleaned on a daily basis. It requires a lot of hard work and dishwashers usually work under hot and wet conditions. They also help cooks with certain tasks and functions and they must know how to operate certain machinery.


    Dishwashing Machine - A dishwasher must be able to load and unload a dish-washing machine. Certain pots, pans, utensils and silverware must be loaded correctly, which helps the machine operate efficiently and effectively. The temperature has to be at the correct setting and the correct amount of dish-washing liquid should be used. Periodically, a dish-washing machine will break down and the dishwasher may be required to fix a jammed part. Machines also have to be assembled and reassembled before and after use.

    Trash/Cleanup - Dishwashers also are required to take out the trash and make sure it is secure inside of Dumpsters. Garbage cans should be supplied with new garbage bags. Some are required to sweep floors, mop and make sure the dish-washing area is neat, organized and clean. They should make sure no food scraps are left on the cabinets, sinks, tables or dish-washing equipment. All food areas should be wiped down and sanitized.

    Food Assistance - Dishwashers have to make sure they observe all of the food-safety requirements established by an organization. At times, dishwashers are called on to assist the cook with certain procedures and techniques regarding food preparation and service. Some dishwashers have to provide service and attention to the back storage areas, as well as the coolers and freezers.

    Store Utensils - Once the dishes, pots and pans have been cleaned, the dishwasher must make sure they have been properly stored and organized so that other kitchen workers will have immediate access to them.


    Dishwashers must be able to tolerate the heat when the dish-washing machines are running. They also have to be able to stand chemicals and cleaners, such as oven cleaner and general cleaning solutions, that help sanitize a kitchen area.

    A dishwasher should be in good physical condition that allows them to bend, kneel or stoop, so they can pick up items such as loads of dishes and other kitchen tools, machinery and food preparation equipment. Some places require that a dishwasher have the ability to lift 50 to 100 pounds during the course of the day.


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