Food Service Worker Trainee
Douglas County, NE - Omaha, NE

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Screening Process
Successful completion of a pre-employment local and national criminal records check including fingerprinting, a drug screening test and a medical exam including a physical assessment which evidences the ability to safely lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Primary Function
Under the direction of the Coordinator, Food Service Operations or designee the incumbent is engaged in on-the-job training and performs unskilled kitchen/cafeteria related duties. Incumbents will be instructed in a variety of skills and will be assigned duties corresponding to level of proficiency and departmental need.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
After basic orientation and position training, the incumbent may perform any or all of the following duties in compliance with the policies and procedures of the Dietary Department and the Douglas County Health Center: Observe and assist in the preparation, serving and delivery of food for patients, assisted living and long term care residents, Youth Center clients, and employee cafeteria customers through adherence to Dietary Department procedures.
Maintain a sanitary work environment through strict adherence to established sanitary standards concerning personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment, utensils and work areas, and the handling and storage of food.
Operate food preparation and cleaning equipment as assigned, with special concern for its safe operation and avoidance of personal injury (e.g., dish machine, trash compactors, coffee urn, toasters, etc.).
Assist in First-In-First-Out storage method of food and supplies in designated areas which provides protection from contamination as per Dietary Department Policy and Procedure Manual. Immediately notify a supervisor of outdated food, unsanitary conditions and unsafe or malfunctioning equipment.
Operate and clean equipment as per Dietary Department Operating & Cleaning Procedures Manual. Dispose of refuse as per Dietary Department Policy and Procedure Manual.
Actively participate in in-service training as assigned.
Work in a safe manner to prevent harm to self, other personnel, and equipment.
Follow procedures for using, disposing of and clean up of hazardous chemical spills as listed in the Douglas County Health Center Hazard Manual.
Respond to emergency codes as directed and in accordance with established departmental policy and the policies and procedures listed in the Douglas County Health Center Safety and Hazard Manual. Other Duties and Responsibilities Assist in any work station of dietary services as assigned to support experienced personnel by completion of specified tasks in accordance with instructions and procedures and to gain experience and proficiency of skills.
Participate in departmental quality assessment activities as directed.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
High school graduation, equivalency, or current high school enrollment preferred.
Federal and State statutes may determine hours of work and type of equipment that may be operated.
Successful completion of a local and national criminal records check including fingerprinting.
Successful completion a pre-employment physical review including a back assessment which evidences the ability to safely lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed indoors in an institutional kitchen setting which includes exposure to humidity, extremes of heat and cold and exposure to mechanical and burn hazards requiring close attention to safety guidelines. Noise level is usually moderate to moderately loud. Work hours include early morning, day, and evening hours based on assigned shift and include weekends, holidays and occasional overtime. Work requires effective interaction with coworkers and other staff in order to carry out duties in accordance with established policies and procedures of the Douglas County Health Center. Work is generally fast-paced in order to complete assigned tasks within allotted timeframes.
The work requires physical activity including near constant standing, bending, walking and balancing; occasional kneeling, climbing, stooping/crouching as well as minimal periods of sitting, kneeling, and rapid response to emergencies. An incumbent must have the ability to frequently lift and/or carry items weighing up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift/carry items weighing up to 50 pounds. Work also requires frequently pushing carts and racks requiring push forces ranging from 10 lbs to 45 lbs.

An incumbent must perform repetitive manual work involving constant hand, wrist, elbow and arm movement as well as frequent gripping and grasping. Precision finger movement and precision grip are required on an occasional basis. Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance, depth, within the full field of vision as well as the ability to adjust focus and distinguish colors. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges.