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Food Services Worker

Salary: $11.59-$14.15 hourly / $2,017-$2,462 monthly / Range: 4246

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of tasks involved in the serving of food in a secured detention facility; cleans and maintains kitchen utensils, equipment, and work area; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The emphasis of this class is on the serving of food, and the cleaning and maintaining of the kitchen and dining room facilities. This class is distinguished from the cook classifications, which are responsible for food preparation and cooking.


1. Drives to jail or other locations to pick up prepared food for Juvenile Hall; loads food containers in vehicle; receives bulk meals delivered to Juvenile Hall; unloads food containers at Juvenile Hall; and refrigerates or places food containers in steam tables to maintain temperature.
2. Prepares for serving meal in dining room; determines number to be served; counts and puts out silverware for number to be served; portions out food onto food trays; checks special dietary food trays for ordered requirements; sets up and clears tables in the dining room; counts silverware at end of meal; prepares and loads food trays for juveniles without dining room privileges.
3. Cleans dining room and kitchen areas, including hot food warmer, with assistance from a juvenile detainee; washes, dries, stacks, and puts away trays, pans, and other kitchen utensils; cleans tables, benches, chairs, cupboards, storerooms, refrigerators, and other equipment; sweeps and mops floors, and empties garbage; maintains hygienic and sanitary standards in kitchen and dining rooms.
4. Follows security procedures including counting silverware, activating alarms, and reporting movement of detainees.


1. One year of experience in food set up, service, and clean up; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirement: Possession a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: standard units of measure and weight for liquid and solid food to portion out required quantities; basic math; basic practices for safe food storage and prevention of contamination; safe work practices in a kitchen; kitchen and floor cleaning and sanitizing products and proper usage.

Ability to: use kitchen serving utensils; operate hot food warmer and storage equipment, and dishwashing equipment; use kitchen and floor cleaners and cleaning implements; read and understand security procedures and mixing instructions for cleaners; write legible requests for repairs or supplies; follow and give oral directions; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with detainees, co-workers, and other County employees.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents are required to work in a secured detention facility with juveniles and to lift food containers weighing up to 50 pounds. Weekend and holiday work is required.

Background Check: Employees assigned to positions in the Probation Department are required to pass a background investigation.

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