County of Alameda

Senior Food Service Worker (#7512)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$28.79-$33.86 Hourly / $2,159.25-$2,539.50 BiWeekly /
$4,678.38-$5,502.25 Monthly / $56,140.50-$66,027.00 Yearly

Under supervision leads the work activities of Food Service Workers within the Probation Department kitchen areas; performs routine work involved in food preparation, cooking, delivery and serving; cleans and keeps kitchen, serving, dining areas, and equipment in orderly condition; and performs related work as required.


The work of Senior Food Service Workers is supervised by the Food and Support Services Manager. This class is distinguished from the next higher level of Food and Support Services Manager in that the latter has full first-line supervisory responsibilities for total food service operations, full-time oversight of laundry services and the purchasing associated with those operations.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Supervises activities of work areas, including the kitchen and officer dining room, assists the delivery of food carts to units, loading of food trays into reheating units, and perform duties of Food Service Workers.

2. Orients, trains, supervises and assists in the evaluation of Food Service Workers; instructs new food service workers in use, care and maintenance of equipment and supplies; may keep records on foods and supply inventory and employee attendance.

3. Supervises sanitation and housekeeping procedures, maintaining health and safety standards for food preparation and service; buses and washes dishes and does general cleaning.

4. May review deliveries and check receipts against orders; may check supplies in refrigeration.

5. May prepare food for meetings and special events.

6. Supervises and helps set up meals; prepares trays for special diets and labels trays for specific youth in custody.

7. Consults with Food and Support Services Manager, Facilities Superintendents regarding operating issues and concerns, as well as regular, medical, and therapeutic diets.


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The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Food Service Worker in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in either serving or assisting in the preparation of food in a large cafeteria or dining room, which included one year in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Special Requirement:

Must be willing to work day, evening, night and rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.

All candidates must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

A thorough background investigation will be conducted of all prospective candidates to ensure they are suitable to work within a 24-hour Juvenile Probation facility before candidates are appointed to this position. Security clearance must be maintained throughout the employee’s tenure. Failure to maintain departmental security standards may result in termination.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Culinary terminology and cooking processes.
• The common equipment and utensils used in food preparation.
• Proper methods of food serving and food handling.
• Modern kitchen cleaning methods, supplies, and equipment.

Ability to:

• Follow detailed written and oral instructions, and learning quantity food serving and preparation techniques.
• Learn how to use coffee urns, stoves, dishwashing machines, and related quantity cooking equipment.
• Work effectively with a wide variety of people.

HCSA: 2/77
Revised: 7/84
Retyped: 3/85
Updated: 2/2/87
Old document: 0702h
New document: Jobspecs/7512
CSC Date: 7/24/84
IB:cs Revised 9/22/10
CSC Date: 10/20/10
IB:cs Revised 11/26/12
CSC Date: 1/9/13
SJ:cs Revised 1/14/15
CSC Date: 2/18/15


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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