City of Las Cruces, NM Food Service Worker in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Job Title:Food Service Worker

Closing Date/Time:Mon. 12/19/16 11:59 PM Mountain Time

Salary:$10.30 Hourly

Job Type:Part-time Regular

Location:700 N. Main St., Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Performs and learns a variety of food preparation activities and tasks to assure safe, aesthetically pleasing, and nutritious meals are served to participating senior citizens according to established meal schedules.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.

Work is performed in a commercial kitchen work environment. Moderate physical requirements, with risk of burns and cuts; frequent lifting, carrying, and moving up to fifty (50) pounds.


Part-time, regular, non-exempt, union represented position

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Cleans, slices, and chops vegetables and fruits to prepare for meals; cleans and maintains salad bar to sustain fresh ingredients and required amount of ice for proper cooling; provides kitchen support to other staff as needed and directed; prepares and cleans-up for coffee, tea, and water service.

· Packages individual meals for delivery to homebound clients; portions out meals to be catered to various meal sites; follows all portion control, health code, and safety policies and regulations; serves meals to citizens in accordance with established policies and regulations to provide required levels of quality, safety, and customer service.

· Performs a variety of cleaning and sanitation activities regularly to maintain safe and clean environment and food preparation areas; stores and packages food and supplies received in accordance with applicable regulations and safety requirements to ensure items received are not subject to spoilage; may transport food to deliver meals or food items to other centers; rotates kitchens as assigned for training purposes.


This is the entry-level position in the food service series. Working under close supervision, incumbents perform and learn basic institutional cooking methods and procedures. As experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

No specific educational and experience requirement. Prior experience in a commercial kitchen assisting with food preparation, serving, and cleanup preferred.


Valid Class D driver's license may be required or preferred. If applicable, position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policies. Applicant may be required to satisfactorily complete food safety training and/or obtain applicable food handler's certification within thirty (30) days of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:principles, techniques, and methods of volume food preparation, food handling safety and sanitation practices; occupational and environmental safety and health hazards; practices and methods used in food preparation and storage; customer service principles, standards, and methods; effective communication and techniques for appropriate interaction with customers; principles of record keeping; business and personal computers, and applicable software applications; City organization, operations, policies and procedures to effectively perform the required functions and duties of the position.

Ability to:perform a variety of duties and responsibilities timely and with accuracy to meet time-sensitive deadlines; provide appropriate levels of customer service to ensure achievement of goals and objectives; read, communicate, and comply with policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing related activities, programs, and functions; communicate effectively in verbal and written forms; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public; safely operate a motor vehicle and navigate across even and uneven surfaces; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines to successfully meet established goals and objectives.

Skills in:food preparation techniques and practices; safely and effectively using, operating, and maintaining relevant kitchen tools and equipment; effectively communicating and exercising courtesy and respect in daily interactions with customers; operating basic office equipment, personal computers, and related software; mathematical aptitude; using independent judgment and personal initiative; maintaining complete and accurate records; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.