The University of Free State invites dedicated individuals to join its vibrant hospitality team as Waiters. Currently, there are three positions available in this role. If you possess a passion for delivering service excellence and thrive in dynamic environments, this opportunity is for you.

Explore more about these positions and submit your application today to contribute to the exceptional dining experiences offered at the University of Free State.

University of Free State Waiter Positions Overview

  • Job Title: Waiter (3 positions)
  • Contract Type: Contract appointment for 1 year
  • Job ID: 5802
  • Organizational Unit: University of the Free State -> Student Affairs -> Housing and Residence Affairs
  • Occupational Level: Temporary
  • Location: Bloemfontein Campus, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa (Primary)
  • Closing Date: Applications must be submitted by 28th June 2024

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Table Preparation: Prepare tables for service according to restaurant standards.

Customer Service:

  • Greet and escort customers to their tables.
  • Present the menu and provide detailed information about dishes, ingredients, and allergens.
  • Inform customers about daily specials and offer menu recommendations.
  • Take accurate food and drink orders from customers.

Order Management:

  • Communicate order details to the Kitchen Staff promptly.
  • Serve food and drinks to customers.
  • Up-sell additional products when appropriate.

Billing and Service: Deliver checks and collect bill payments from customers.

Table Maintenance:

  • Clear and clean tables after customers leave.
  • Restock items in the front of house as needed.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Provide excellent customer service to ensure a positive dining experience.
  • Health and Safety: Follow health code standards and guidelines for food handling.
  • Barista Duties: Prepare and serve a variety of coffees to a high standard.
  • Event Support: Assist with events and functions, including setting up and rearranging tables.
  • Flexibility: Available to work weekends and after hours as required.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Perform any other duties assigned by Housing and Residence Affairs.


  • Inherent Requirements: Completion of Grade 12 or National Vocational Certificate on NQF Level 4.


  • Minimum of one (1) year experience working as a waiter.
  • Familiarity with Point-of-Sale (POS) Systems.
  • Experience in barista duties, including the preparation and service of various coffees to a high standard.



  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and adapt to changing situations.
  • Persistence in task completion, overcoming obstacles, and delivering on commitments.
  • Reliable, responsible, and dependable, fulfilling obligations consistently.
  • Ability to maintain composure and effectiveness in high-stress situations.

Strategic Thinking:

  • Capacity to manage multiple activities concurrently.
  • Attention to detail, striving for perfection, and maintaining a systematic approach to work.

Business Acumen: Adherence to rules, regulations, and work protocols with precision.


  • Sustaining high levels of personal motivation, energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Cooperative attitude, fostering teamwork, and promoting a positive work environment.

Building Coalitions:

  • Proficiency in negotiation, influencing, and persuading others effectively.
  • Confidence and ease in various social settings.
  • Ability to establish interpersonal connections and cultivate relationships.

University of Free State Waiter Position Application Process:

Ensure all relevant documentation is included in your application:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter.
  • Copies of qualifications (including SAQA accreditation for foreign qualifications).
  • A valid copy of your identity document.
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body, if applicable.
  • A copy of your driver’s license, if applicable.
  • Confirmation of employment from your current or last employer, if unemployed (applies to external applicants only).

Applications must be submitted online exclusively through the official UFS vacancy website:

  • Visit the UFS vacancy website.
  • Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

It is essential to include all required documentation such as a CV, qualifications, and proof of identity with your application. Please note that applications submitted through alternative platforms will not be considered.

The University values your interest in joining its team and anticipates the possibility of welcoming new members to the University of the Free State.