Dishwasher Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Dishwasher, or Kitchen Helper, is responsible for cleaning dishes in a food service environment to ensure that the kitchen has a steady supply of clean plates, bowls, silverware, pots, pans and glasses. Their duties include prioritizing loads of different types of crockery and kitchenware, hand-washing dishes, loading the dishwasher and placing dishes to dry.

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Dishwasher Duties and Responsibilities 

Washing dishes at a professional level is different than in your own kitchen. Many restaurants and facilities have large, commercial quality washers able to wash several trays of dishes quickly. Dishwashers unload the cutlery and dishes brought to the kitchen by Bussers while loading and organizing them into trays for the washer. Commercial dishwashers are not always able to accommodate larger pans and pots so they may occasionally need to be washed by hand. 

In addition, they may be asked to assist with: 

  • Prep work
  • Taking garbage and trash to dumpster area
  • Washing work areas, refrigerators, cooking equipment, walls and floors
  • Assembling, maintaining and breaking down the dish machine

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Chopt Metro Center is hiring Dishwashers! Apply NOW! Be called in for an interview.

Benefits of working at Chopt:

  • Competitive hourly rates and performance based pay increases

  • A clear career path with opportunities for advancement – 50% of all managers started in hourly positions

  • Variety of Health and Wellness Benefits

  • Pre-Tax Transit and Flexible Spending Benefits

  • Generous PTO Policy for all employees

  • Free Employee Meals

  • Employee Assistance Resources


  • Must be able to lift boxes and food trays up to 20 lbs.

  • Ability to read and communicate in basic English to customers as needed

  • Must understand and execute food safety and sanitation protocols

  • Experience working in a high-volume restaurant is preferred but not required

  • Must understand and execute food safety and sanitation protocols

  • Standing, stooping, kneeling, walking, wiping, reaching, bending and lifting are required actions throughout a shift

  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities during the shift

  • Must be able to perform duties that require standing and fast movement

    Work Conditions/Hours:

  • Hours will vary and may include early mornings, evenings, weekends and/or holidays

  • All Chopt employees will be hired on a variable hour basis. Hours are scheduled based on performance and business Chopt participates in Types: Full-time, Part-time
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    Do you want to become part of a fun, positive, professional team that loves to work with seniors? Orchard Park, a Blue Harbor Senior Living community, is currently hiring a Dishwasher.

    At Blue Harbor Senior Living our mission is to celebrate the unique qualities of our Residents by providing personalized care and exceptional service in a compassionate environment.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Wash all dishes, silverware, pots and pans as needed

  • Ensure dishwasher has appropriate soap and drying agents added

  • Clean kitchen as directed by supervisor

  • Present a professional demeanor that communicates a corporate philosophy of service, goodwill, and genuine interest in each resident’s needs

  • Observe residents’ ability to perform daily ADL’s and social skills, communicate potential difficulties or opportunities to the appropriate team member

  • Participate in all training offered by employer

    We offer a competitive compensation package including:

  • Medical, dental, & vision benefits

  • 401 (k) with generous company match

  • Vacation, Sick & Holidays

    Based in Portland, Oregon, Blue Harbor Senior Living is a growing senior living company, currently operating communities across the United States. Blue Harbor’s home office provides top-level support services for all of our senior living communities. The Dishwasher position presents an outstanding opportunity to join the team of our growing and dynamic organization.

    Blue Harbor Senior Living is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Job Type: United States (Required)

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    Job Description

    To maintain clean, sanitary conditions in the kitchen including all china, silverware, glassware, pots, pans and equipment. This position reports to the Dining Services Director.

    Please note: This position is part time and will require weekend and holiday shifts

    Essential Functions:

  • Maintain sanitary condition of dishes, utensils, glasses, pots, pans, equipment and kitchen in accordance with Senior Lifestyle Corporation standards.

  • Safely and efficiently operates dish washing machine according to procedure manual.

  • Ensures proper soap and rinse chemicals are loaded for washing.

  • Removes from service any dishes, utensils, and glassware that are damaged or broken.

  • Helps Stock delivered food and non-food items.

  • Empty and clear garbage bins and breakdown of boxes.

  • Deep cleaning of kitchen and equipment.

  • Attends all training and in-service seminars.

  • Maintains a clean and sanitary work environment.

  • Performs all duties in adherence to Senior Lifestyle Corporation standards.

  • Strives to maintain a safe working environment through the prevention of accidents, the preservation of equipment, and the achievement of safe working practices.

  • Maintains a positive and professional demeanor toward all residents, visitors and coworkers.

  • Adheres to all policies and procedures of Senior Lifestyle Corporation.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications/Skills/Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED preferred.

  • Prior experience preferred, but not required

  • Must be able to pass a Level II background check and drug test

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $10.00 /hour

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $10.00 /hour


  • Dishwasher: 1 year (Preferred)

  • kitchen: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Required)

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Tip income:

  • No

    Job Duties:

  • Operate an industrial dishwasher, washing dishes and glassware by hand when necessary

  • Unload dishes, silverware, and glassware promptly and store them in the appropriate places

  • Carry out basic cleaning tasks around the premises, including emptying trash cans, cleaning drink machines, and cleaning any spills and broken glass immediately

  • Assist cooks and servers as needed, especially during peak Report any serious incidents to upper management, such as machine failure or broken Other duties as requested
  • What Does a Dishwasher Do? 

    Dishwashers work in kitchens at restaurants, hotels and cafes to clean and sanitize dishes so that Cooks and Servers have the supplies they need to prepare food and serve it to customers. Dishwashers follow thorough dishwashing procedures to fully sanitize each dish according to health and safety standards. They sort dishes in the dish pit into different categories, spray down each tray of dishes and either scrub them by hand or place them into an industrial dishwasher. Dishwashers are in charge of changing each load of dishes at the right time to efficiently wash multiple loads of dishes.

    Dishwasher Skills and Qualifications

    Skills and qualifications associated with the role of a Dishwasher include: 

    • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds several times a day
    • Ability to place cases, pans, utensils and plates on both low and high shelves
    • Ability to work in hot and damp environments
    • Ability to respond to emergency situations to avoid endangering themselves or others

    Dishwasher Salary Expectations 

    The average salary for a Dishwasher is $11.28 per hour. Salary estimates and ranges are based on 26,736 anonymously submitted information to Indeed from Dishwasher employees, Indeed users and current and past job advertisements placed on Indeed the last 36 months.  

    Dishwasher Education and Training Requirements 

     A Dishwasher position is often the first job for high school students, especially those looking to get into the restaurant industry. While a GED or a high school diploma isn’t required, they are often preferred. 

    Dishwasher Experience Requirements 

    Securing a job as a Dishwasher is an ideal way to enter the restaurant or culinary industry. Many Restaurant Owners, Cooks and Head Chefs start out as Dishwashers and move up int he industry. 

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    Frequently asked questions about Dishwashers


    What are the qualities of a good Dishwasher?

    Good Dishwashers are hardworking and can communicate easily with others. They are agile and flexible, able to respond to different priorities and quickly rearrange their workflow to immediately get kitchen staff and Servers the right type of dishes they need. Successful Dishwashers have good stamina that allows them to perform repetitive tasks and stand on their feet all day without getting too tired.


    What is the difference between a Dishwasher and a Busser?

    A Dishwasher washes all of the dishes produced in a kitchen while Bussers mostly bring dishes back from the dining room to the dish pit. Dishwashers exclusively work in the back of the house, while Bussers might support Servers and Bartenders with delivering food and beverages or refilling waters. Bussers are responsible for keeping tables clean and tidy while Dishwashers clean customer dishes and the tools of the kitchen staff. Dishwashers and Bussers often work together when sorting dishes into different bins for future washing.


    What are the daily duties of a Dishwasher?

    Dishwashers generally work long shifts to meet the demands of multiple meal services. They begin the day by wiping down and pots, pans and containers that are necessary for initial food prep. Dishwashers scrub kitchen instruments, cutting boards and knives between each order so that Line Cooks have sanitary instruments to prepare meals. Once customers finish eating, Dishwashers wash the dishes, set up the drying rack and place the dishes in their designated area to make it easy for Cooks to plate meals. At the end of the day, they wipe down the dish pit and spray the floor mats.


    What should you look for on a Dishwasher's resume?

    When hiring a Dishwasher, look for resumes that reflect each candidate’s ability to learn new systems quickly and work hard. Even candidates that don’t have experience as a Dishwasher can be excellent employees if their resume shows that they have worked in another fast-paced environment doing physical labor. A strong Dishwasher’s resume should highlight their ability to focus and balance multiple tasks at once according to deadlines, demonstrating that they can keep up with a high volume of dishes in a commercial kitchen environment.

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