Food Service Worker I/II (Open and Promo...

County of San Mateo - San Mateo County, CA (30+ days ago)4.0

San Mateo County Health System is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Food Service Worker I/II to perform a variety of work, which may include preparing, serving, and storing food; assisting in maintaining the kitchen and other dining areas in a clean and sanitary condition; performing routine tasks related to delivering food and supplies; and possibly serving as cashier and/or server in a cafeteria setting. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Food Service Worker I is the entry/traine

e level position. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn a full range of Food Service Worker duties. As experience is gained there is greater independence of action within established guidelines. This classification is flexibly staffed with Food Service Worker II and incumbents may advance to the next level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiencies which meet the higher-level qualifications.

Food Service Worker II is the journey level position. Under general supervision, incumbents independently perform a variety of responsible food service duties. Incumbents work under specified guidelines and supervisors are available in non-routine circumstances. Specific duties may vary from position to position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • One year of experience in an institutional or commercial kitchen, which has included the preparing and serving of food, and the cleaning of kitchen equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to ensure food is always kept safe by following food safety sanitation guidelines.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Excellent customer-service skills.
  • Experience as an effective team player.
  • Ability to keep up with the physical demands of the job.
  • Proficient computer skills and overall "tech-savviness".
  • Experience as cashier in a retail establishment, following established cash handling and credit card acceptance procedures.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Examples Of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist Cooks in the preparation of meals, as directed.
  • Prepare food for cooking by peeling, cutting, or slicing.
  • Prepare salads, sandwiches, beverages, and simple desserts.
  • Set up tray lines and/or individual trays.
  • Serve cafeteria and/or patient meals.
  • May visit patients, assist with menu selections, and deliver/retrieve trays.
  • May direct activities on a portion of a tray line or in a dish room.
  • May direct the work of juvenile detainees or adult inmates who are assigned to clean and prepare food or assist in related routine tasks defined by supervisors at specific facilities.
  • Clean items used in the kitchen such as dishes, pots, pans, containers, carts, and equipment.
  • Clean facilities including sweeping, mopping, and sanitizing work areas such as floors, storage spaces, and trucks; empty garbage cans.
  • Assist with supplies and deliveries including signing for, bringing in, and/or storing items.
  • Perform basic office tasks such as answering phones, taking and relaying messages, and checking catering schedules.
  • Drive a truck or van to deliver food and supplies; may maintain basic records related to vehicle use such as mileage and service reports.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Note: The level and scope of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic kitchen cleaning and sanitation methods.
  • Operation and care of kitchen equipment.
  • Proper lifting techniques.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Prepare simple foods and beverages.
  • Interact cooperatively with others including staff, patients, inmates, and members of the public.
  • Work rapidly under pressure.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Maintain a high standard of personal cleanliness.
  • Maintain basic records.
  • Direct the work of juvenile detainees or adult inmates assigned to assist in basic food service activities at specific facilities.
  • Operate a truck or van.
  • Lift, carry, or push materials, supplies, or equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Walk or stand for long periods of time.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provided the required
knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:
Food Service Worker II: One year of experience in an institutional or commercial kitchen which has included preparing and serving food, and cleaning kitchen equipment and facilities.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of a scored evaluation of relevant training and experience. The evaluation is based solely on the responses to the supplemental questionnaire. Applicants who pass the training and experience evaluation will be placed on a list of eligible candidates and ranked according to their score (weight: 100%). Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent stage of the examination process. Applicants invited to the interview in San Mateo County must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to http// to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Important: If you claim veteran service preference, please attach a copy of your DD214 with your application. If you claim disability preference, please attach a copy of your Veterans Administration 802 Form (dated within the last 6 months) along with your Form DD214. Unless documents are attached with your application, you will not be considered for veteran preference.

~ Tentative Recruitment Schedule ~
Final Filing Date:
June 21, 2018
At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.

The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Ximena Burns (06082018) (Food Service Worker I/II - S037/S038)