Under supervision, assists in preparing, serving and selling meals for breakfast and lunch programs. Travels to assigned school sites or the Nutrition Service Center Production Kitchen (NSC) to substitute as an NS Worker I. Performs related work as required.
The Nutrition Service Trainee prepares food for meal service, prepackaging, and/or line service. May be required to work on automatic packaging line. Duties to include data input, operating a point of sale register and/or food service computer program. Required to travel and work at any school location.
Become skilled at proper food safety and sanitation as per Washoe County Health Department and Washoe County School District Nutrition Services. Maintain personal cleanliness and appearance appropriate for food handlers.
Learn, identify and serve a reimbursable meal as defined by the USDA child nutrition program as a unit to each student.
Learn to competently and safely operate and clean commercial kitchen equipment, such as mixers, grinders, slicers, dishwashers and ovens; fills containers and dispensers; set up serving equipment, containers and carts with dishes, utensils, and food. Cleans tables, counters, serving trays, washes dishes, pots and pans; maintains sanitary and safe work environment.
Learn to receive and stock groceries and supplies; performs a variety of food preparation activities, such as washing, chopping, grating, slicing, baking and frying food. Trained to portion control servings, measure / mix ingredients and follow recipes. Learn food presentation techniques and food temperature danger zones.
Train to prepare, set-up and serve breakfast, lunch and a la carte. Operate cash registers or computerized point of sale units. May collect money and reconciliation of daily sales. Works collaboratively with kitchen site team, administrators, teachers and student workers.
May assist with food preparation for a variety of special functions such as banquets, barbecues, or field trips.
Gain knowledge of USDA, Washoe County District Health Dept., Washoe County School District Nutrition Services regulations, policies, and practices as trained to do so. Must be able to bend, lift weight above shoulders, stand for extended periods and ability to work on your feet up to eight (8) hours. Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds, following WCSD and Nutrition Services safety standards.
Experience/Education: Any combination of education and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and experience would be:
- Knowledge of preparing and/or serving food; institutional food service experience is desired. Cashiering/money handling is also desirable. Completion of a two (2) hour Safeschools course is required within the first year of employment.
- Equivalent to a High School diploma.
Knowledge of: Reading, writing in English and basic math; basic food preparation, safe working practices, sanitary food handling and storage techniques.
Skill at and Ability to: Read, write and follow verbal and written instructions in English; operate commercial kitchen equipment; operate commercial packaging equipment; operate cooking and food preparation equipment; prepare and serve food; follow basic recipe instructions; lift/carry up to 40 lbs, ie., cases of fresh fruit, large or heavy objects; food preparation; communicate effectively with others and work as part of a team that serves the needs of students.
Licenses/Certificates: None Required.
Special Requirements: Ability and willingness to use own transportation in the course of reporting to various assigned sites.
THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT A COMPLETE STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES OR REQUIREMENTS. REQUIREMENTS ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MINIMUM LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND/OR ABILITIES. MANAGEMENT RETAINS THE DISCRETION TO ADD OR CHANGE TYPICAL DUTIES OF A POSITION AT ANY TIME.
The Washoe County School District is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities and employment, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.