City and County of San Francisco

Food Service Worker (#2604)

$22.65-$28.90 Hourly / $3,926.00-$5,009.00 Monthly / $47,112.00-$60,112.00 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, performs a wide variety of manual work involved in the storage, preparation and serving of food in an institutional kitchen or dining area; keeps kitchens, dining rooms and associated equipment in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

The 2604 Food Service Worker is distinguished from the 2606 Senior Food Service Worker in that the latter can function as a team lead or line checker, assists in the supervision of employees, and has a broader range of responsibilities.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Sets up food counters and tables; prepares simple foods such as toast, cereal, sandwiches, salads and boiled eggs; prepares food for serving by cutting, slicing and dishing up portions for customers and patients, including special diet preparations.

2. Washes, cleans and peels potatoes, shells peas and otherwise prepares food for cooking.

3. Operates power tools and equipment used in the preparation of liquid and solid foods.

4. Serves food to customers and patients in cafeterias, dining halls and hospital wards.

5. Cleans dishes, utensils, storage spaces, equipment, containers, tables, floors and other areas when required; sterilizes food containers.

6. Performs routine auxiliary tasks such as carrying supplies to and from storage rooms; controlling the use of meal cards and distributing linen supplies.

7. May assist in the preparation of special diet foods when required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Kitchen and cafeteria operations, including food preparation, cleaning operations and use of power utensils.

Ability and Skill to: Understand and carry out oral and written instructions and cooperate with other workers in similar occupations.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Possession of six (6) months of food handling experience in the food service industry as a food service worker, kitchen helper, waiter, busboy, or similar position.

License and Certification:

Completion of twelve (12) semester units or equivalent credits in Food Service, Culinary Arts, Dietetics and/or Nutrition can substitute for the experience as described above.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 2604; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 4/18/2016;