Food Service Worker - Generalist

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • May 26, 2024
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services
  • Salary: $52,226.04 - $63,481.08 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 856 - General Services & Maintenance Unit
CLOSING DATE: Open Continuous Filing

*This recruitment is open on a continuous basis*

The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases:
5% on July 1, 2023
5% on July 1, 2024
5% on July 1, 2025

Why Join Contra Costa Health?

The Contra Costa Health Department is offering excellent career opportunities to qualified individuals interested in working in the Food and Nutrition Services division. The Food Services Worker - Generalist positions work in the hospital cafeteria where food is prepared and perform a variety of duties such as food preparation, serving food, cashiering, and cleaning equipment and workstations. There are two (2) permanent full-time (40 hours per week), two (2) permanent part-time (32 hours per week), and three (3) permanent intermittent (40 hours per week, various schedule) vacancies in Food and Nutrition Services!

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill other vacancies in the future.

The Contra Costa Health Department isthe largest department within Contra Costa County, employing more than 4,800 employees - and growing!
  • We provide high-quality services with respect and responsiveness to all.
  • We are an integrated system of health care services, community health improvement, and environmental protection.
  • We anticipate community health needs and change to meet those needs.
  • We work in partnership with our patients, cities, and diverse communities, as well as other health, education, and human service agencies.
  • We encourage equity, creative, ethical, and tenacious leadership to implement effective health policies and programs.

We are looking for someone who is:
  • Dependable
  • Honest
  • Hardworking
  • Positive
  • A problem solver
  • Energetic

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Prepare food for cooking by peeling, cutting, or slicing.
  • Set up tray lines and/or individual trays.
  • Serve meals to cafeteria customers and patients.
  • Clean items used in the kitchen such as dishes, pots, pans, containers, carts, and equipment.
  • Clean facilities including sweeping, mopping, and sanitizing work areas such as floors, storage spaces, trucks and empty garbage cans.
  • Assist with stocking supplies and deliveries.
  • Report food quality or safety concerns to the Food Service Worker (Lead) or the Food and Nutrition Services Department management team.

A few reasons you might love this job:
  • There is opportunity for promotional growth!
  • You will work side by side with hardworking teammates.
  • There are opportunities to learn the fundamentals of healthcare Food and Nutrition Services.
  • It will never be a dull moment! We are a fast-paced working environment.

A few challenges you might face in this job :
  • While working in this fast-paced environment, you must be able to shift gears in a timely manner.
  • Daily tasks may vary.
  • You will work in a highly regulated government environment.

Competencies Required:
  • Oral Communication : Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Adaptability : Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics : Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Listening : Fully comprehending spoken communication
  • Customer Focus : Attending to the needs and expectations of customers
  • Manual Dexterity : Using senses, hands, and fingers in manipulating objects quickly and efficiently
  • General Physical Ability : Using strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and coordination
  • Safety Focus : Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Environmental Exposure Tolerance : Performing under physically demanding conditions
  • Teamwork : Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
  • Valuing Diversity : Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace
  • Handling Stress : Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability : Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships : Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships

To read the complete job description, please click here .

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: One year of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in an institutional or commercial kitchen which included preparing and serving food, and cleaning kitchen equipment and facilities.

Selection Process

1. Application Filing and Evaluation : All applicants must apply online at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of filing. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Training and Experience Evaluation : Candidates who clearly demonstrate that they possess the minimum qualifications will have their training and experience evaluated. The responses to the supplemental questions, at the time of filing, will be evaluated to determine each candidate's relevant education, training, and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. (Weighted 100%)

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment questions, please contact Health Services Personnel, Recruitment Team at . For any technical issues, please contact the Government Jobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County 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.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Martinez, California United States View Map