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Food Services Worker

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: May 21, 2023

Job Description:

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you applied to this position between December 17, 2021, and 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, December 16, 2022, your application is still under consideration for the position and you do not need to re-apply.
Salary: $19.04 - $22.52 Hourly, plus bilingual and uniform allowance when applicable. BENEFITS OVERVIEW: Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.Holidays: 13 days per year. Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement. Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium. On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age of 5.For County benefits, please visit . In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.Extra-Help Employees - Salary: $13.80 - $16.84 Hourly. Benefits will be offered once EXH employees reach Affordable Care Act (ACA) eligibility.
The Santa Barbara County Probation Department is accepting applications to fill Part-time (30 hours per week) and Extra-help vacancies for a Food Services Worker in all locations.

This position requires that you are willing to work at All Locations within the County of Santa Barbara. You can be hired, can be placed at any location, and transferred to another location at any time during your employment in this position. To be considered, you must select "All Locations" on the agency-wide application questions and supplemental questionnaire.

Leave of Absence CSR 1414 NOTE: This recruitment may fill a position vacated as a result of a leave of absence (CS Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under CS Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department

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

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Valid ServeSafe certification
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Reputation for being honest and trustworthy
  • Good moral character
  • Credibility
  • Integrity
  • Ability to provide direction to and work well with youth
  • Good judgment under pressure
  • Ability to maintain good boundaries and provide clear direction
  • Understanding of kitchen sanitation and safe food storage practices
  • Experience in the use and care of cooking equipment and utensils, and kitchen safety
  • Understanding of basic math

    Examples of Duties
  • Drives to jail or other locations to pick up prepared food for Santa Maria Juvenile Center (JJC); receives bulk prepared meals delivered to JJC from local food vendor and/or transports prepared meals to Los Prietos Boys Camp; unloads food containers; conducts quality control of all food items along with taking food temperatures upon arrival, and refrigerates or places food containers in steam tables to maintain temperature.
  • 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 youth without dining room privileges.
  • Cleans dining room and kitchen areas, including hot food warmer, with assistance from detained youth; 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.
  • Follows security procedures including counting silverware, activating alarms, and reporting movement of youth in custody.
    Employment Standards
  • Six months of experience in food set up, service, and clean up; OR,
  • Six months of 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 of 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 verbal directions; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with detained youth, co-workers, and other County employees.

    Incumbents are required to work in a custodial youth facility and to lift food containers weighing up to 50 pounds. Weekend and holiday work is required. Wearing a uniform is required.

    Supplemental Information
  • Application and Supplemental Question Review - Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  • Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): Qualified candidates will be notified by email to complete and submit a Personal History Questionnaire. Candidates who successfully pass the PHQ, will advance to the next step in the selection process. Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline or do not pass the PHQ will result in a disqualification from the recruitment.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven qualified candidates.Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking assessment to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of six months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list and exact duration of the employment list.

    REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

    Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

    Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): The Human Resources Department will email candidates a notice regarding completion of a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline or pass the PHQ will result in a disqualification from the recruitment.

    Note: Medical marijuana possession/use, if legally prescribed, is not illegal under the laws of the State of California; however, marijuana use and/or possession, even if legally prescribed in California, is still unlawful under Federal law. Therefore, the Santa Barbara County Probation Department does not distinguish between medical marijuana possession/use and illegal marijuana possession/use, both are viewed as unlawful. Therefore, recent use of marijuana may be disqualifying.

    All candidates for the job of Food Services Worker must successfully complete the following:BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION includes an interview and a thorough check of police records, personal, military, and employment histories, and inquiry of persons who know you and evaluate whether you: respect the law and rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants; are honest; and are a safe driver.POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION will measure the accuracy of information given during the background investigation process and is part of the background investigation.After a conditional offer of employment has been accepted, appointee must successfully complete the following:
    MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Appointee is subject to a medical examination.Submit written documentation of his/her LEGAL RIGHT TO WORK in the United States.The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

    COVID Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.

    Disaster Service Workers: Pursuant to Governmental Code Section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

    Statement of Commitment
    The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

    We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

    We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.


    Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at .

    If you have questions regarding the recruitment not answered in this job announcement, please email Michael Sam, Probation Manager, at

Keywords: County of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria , Food Services Worker, Hospitality & Tourism , Santa Maria, California

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