Food Service Worker

Maricopa County, AZ - Phoenix, AZ (30+ days ago)3.7

Position Overview
The Food Service Worker prepares healthy food which is provided to the MCSO inmate population and instructs inmates on kitchen tasks. This position is involved in all aspects of food preparation, operating in a safe and secure manner within a jail environment.

Position Qualifications

Minimum education and/or experience:
Two (2) years of general experience in food preparation and service. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered in substitution for the minimum qualifications.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Food service workers must complete a program approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Current Food Handler's cards are acceptable if unexpired.

Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license. Training with the exception of Arizona driver's license to be provided on-the-job: FEMA NIMS – IS100 and 700; OSHA training; ADP payroll training; PREA training. Prior to hiring, the Sheriff's Office requires that all candidates pass a polygraph examination and an extensive background review.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:Knowledge of:
Proper food handling and food preparation techniques in compliance with health standards.
Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Skill in:
Cleaning and sanitizing food service facilities and equipment.
Operating a variety of kitchen and office equipment.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Ability to:
Instruct and lead others in the preparation and service of meals.
Appropriately portion meals and prepare food for special diets.
Conduct inspections and safety checksto ensure all safety standards are being followed.
Prepare production reports.

Preferred education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED; two (2) years of institutional or high-volume food preparation experience.

Working conditions:
Work occurs indoors in a food plant environment in a jail facility. Tasks require manual dexterity to operate kitchen equipment and may involve long periods of standing and/or walking. Position involves teamwork and ability to interact with and oversee adult inmates in food preparation.

The following environments described are only representative of how the essential job tasks are currently performed or envisioned. As such, in order to accommodate a disability or limitation, the essential job tasks may be performed in ways other than described on these pages.

Work Environment:
Indoors in jail environment, rarely outdoors
Frequently in temperatures above 90 degrees or below 40 degrees
Wet/damp area
Frequent use of stairs or ladders
High noise level
Frequently bright lighting, occasionally dim lighting
Conditions may rarely include chemicals/fumes, smoke/dust, unprotected heights
Rare exposure to contagious diseases

Physical Environment:
Sitting, standing, walking
Driving a vehicle
Speaking, hearing, seeing, reading
Distinguishing colors
Bending/kneeling, reaching, twisting, climbing
Wearing protective gear
Lifting floor to waist fifty (50) pounds
Lifting waist to shoulder fifty (50) pounds
Lifting shoulder to overhead fifty (50) pounds
Carrying a weight of fifty (50) pounds for a distance of 100 feet
Pushing/pulling a weight of fifty (50) pounds for a distance of 100 feet

Social Environment:
Time pressures, high volume of work
Handling multiple or complicated tasks, and frequently changing or unscheduled tasks
Decision making
Frequent interruptions
Working in a team environment in close proximity to others
Regular inmate contact
Occasional contact with public
Conditions rarely include emergencies, dangerous environment, or working in isolation
Overtime/rotating shifts on rare occasions
Essential Job Tasks
Prepares inmate meals and special diets.
Instructs inmates in all work areas of the kitchen, loading dock, and related areas.
Documents all activities in the incident logbook.
Performs computer tasks using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook.
Operates various commercial kitchen equipment, forklifts, and electric pallet jacks in a safe manner.
Monitors equipment and reports repair needs to maintenance.
Performs utensil, tool, key, and inmate accountability throughout the shift.
Assigns and instructs inmates and Detention personnel on kitchen tasks.
Instructs Detention and Civilian personnel to safely operate commercial kitchen equipment.
Conducts inventory, orders supplies, and monitors delivery of supplies from the Warehouse.
Ensures the assigned work area and kitchen equipment is well maintained and clean.
Maintains Environmental Health code compliance. (HACCP).
Oversees distribution of meals.
Maintains Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance.
Prepares and writes reports and memos.
Drives Maricopa County Sheriff's Office vehicles for assigned activities, and loads/unloads trucks.
Monitors chemical usage in the production area.
Maintains inventory and equipment control.
Performs safety checks on food service equipment.
Attends briefings, meetings, and special events.
Performs other tasks as assigned by Food Service Shift Supervisor.
Be present at work site to perform tasks as scheduled and/or assigned by supervisor.
Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.