Food Service Workers perform tasks with several steps or a sequence of tasks that requires attention to work operations. They follow set procedures in accomplishing repetitive assignments and follow an established sequence of work. Wage grade 3 workers can do all the duties of a lower grade worker. They can work in one or more functional areas of the kitchen such as food preparation, dish and pot washing, dry and refrigerated storage and receiving. MAJOR DUTIES: Set up assigned station with the correct supplies and food items Serve food cafeteria style by placing uniform portions of food on customers'/patients'/residents' plates Break down and clean the station when assigned Set up dining room tables for service, place food and beverages on tables, and replenish items as necessary Return soiled trays and dishes to the dish room Deliver meal trays to the patients' bedsides and report the patients' comments and complaints to the supervisor or dietitian Prepare beverages according to the number of servings required Prepare fresh fruit/cold salads/dressings/sandwich fillings and cold sandwiches and simple cold desserts in specified quantities Sort, wash, peel and cut cold foods using knives or other equipment Provide assistance to cooks in the food preparation area, such as weigh, measure and assemble ingredients according to standardized recipes Prepare uncooked food items, such as sandwich spread and salad dressings Operate and break down and clean all equipment assigned to food service and related areas Portion food items into standard serving sizes using the proper utensils and specified dishware Prepare boxed/to go meals Select and place correct items on patient trays Read and interpret a regular or modified menu, individual diet cards, tray tickets or patient selections Identify obvious discrepancies between the prescribed diets and the food items designated by the menu Decide what food items to serve for the most common diets Perform heavy-duty cleaning tasks throughout the food service and related areas Separate food waste, trash/recyclables from dishes, glasses and silverware Unload food/tray delivery carts Store sanitized dishes, glasses and silverware Scrape, soak, scour, and scrub cookware and utensils Move garbage cans when collecting and transferring trash from the work area to the disposal area Other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the Medical Center Work Schedule: Rotating Shift, Rotating Days Off Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/PD99920A Physical Requirements: The duties of the position involve continuous standing, walking, frequent bending, reaching, pushing and pulling. Lifting or moving objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted, and occasionally lifts or moves objects weighing more than 40 pounds with assistance of a lifting device or other workers. Manipulates cumbersome, heavy objects; operates equipment, handles knives and blades and utilizes hand-eye coordination. Working Conditions: The incumbent performs work in areas of extremes of temperature. Work is carried out in kitchen / dish room areas that are often hot and uncomfortable. Environment includes exposure to extreme cold while working in walk-in refrigerators and freezers. Is exposed to steam, cooking odors, and noise from equipment and conversation. Is subject to hazards of cuts, bruises, strains, burns and falls in kitchen environment. Uses strong cleaning and sanitizing solutions which may be skin and respiratory irritants frequently. Performs work in patient care settings where there may be exposure to contagious disease. May have contact with patients who demonstrate verbally and /or physical aggressive behavior.
Internal Number: 598813200
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