Food Service Aide / Relief Lead Cook

Posted: 11/10/2021

Do you enjoy cooking for others and want to serve food with a purpose?  Do you currently cook but want to use your culinary experience by cooking from scratch?  Come join a team where we take our love for food and share our passion with residents at the Portage County Health Care Center.

We currently have a part time (19.6 hrs/week) opportunity as a Food Service Aide which also fills in as the Relief Lead Cook for vacations or other absences.  This is a great opportunity for the right person!  This position is eligible for benefits!

  • Comfortable, cool kitchen - not hot or greasy
  • Non-fast food type environment
  • Serve local residents food with a purpose 
  • 22.4 hours per week AND eligible for benefits including vacation, sick time, health, dental and more!
  • Only required to work 2 weekends per month

Lead Cook- $16.57/hour
Food Service Aide- $12.74/hour

PLUS we pay $0.30/hour for any hours worked between 2:30 - 11 pm and $0.25/hour on weekends!

What are the job responsibilities?

When working as the Food Service Aide, the position is responsible for the following: 

  • Assists with serving meals on a timely basis, in accordance with food portion control procedures, that are appetizing in appearance.
  • Prepare and deliver snacks.
  • Arranges diet cards for tray service and delivers food carts to units.
  • Obtains and documents food and beverage temperatures
  • Preps raw vegetables and fruits as instructed by Lead Cook
  • Understands and adheres to diets and modifications as written.
  • May use institutional equipment such as conveyor toaster, coffee urn, dishwasher or 3 well pot and pans sinks.
  • Performs all cleaning duties as assigned, ex. sweep and wet wash kitchen floor daily, clean refrigerator and freezer units.
  • Scrape, wash, rinse and sanitize dishware, utensils, pots and pans.
  • Holds prepared food at safe temperatures.
  • Monitors refrigeration and freezer thermometers and documents temperatures daily.
  • Document supplies when needing replacement.
  • Assists in unpacking and storing food deliveries and materials as necessary.
  • Assure that needed repairs are reported to Dietary Manager or Lead Cook in a timely manner.
  • Attends departmental meetings and in-services as scheduled
  • Adheres to Infection Control and Universal Precaution policies and policies and procedures when performing daily tasks.
  • Reports all accidents and incidents per Departmental policy.
  • Interacts with residents, families and coworkers in a professional manner.
  • Develop and maintain a good working rapport within the department as well as other departments to assure that food service can be properly maintained to meet the needs of the residents

When working as the Lead Cook, the position is responsible for the following:

  • Review menus prior to preparation of food.
  • Prepares meals according to posted menu.Serves food in accordance with established portion control procedures.
  • Controls serving portions through the use of standardized utensils.
  • Supervises preparation of resident’s snacks as requisitioned from nursing.
  • Orders bakery and dairy products weekly.
  • Substitutes appropriate food to accommodate resident’s likes and dislikes.
  • Document menu changes and update the menu board daily.
  • Suggest menu changes, if necessary, to the Food Service Manager.
  • Estimates daily food requirements.
  • Understands and adheres to diets and modifications as written.
  • Plans food preparation to insure timely preparation of meals.
  • Utilizes the Central Wisconsin Diet Manual as a reference.
  • Uses standardized recipes when preparing foods and evaluates finished product prior to serving.
  • Prepares food for special events, etc…
  • Monitor and record food temperatures prior to serving.
  • Cleans and sanitizes work area and related equipment.
  • Monitors refrigeration and freezer thermometers and reports deficiencies and documents.
  • Assures that required slips are reported for repair in a timely manner.
  • Use institutional equipment such as steamers, convection ovens, ranges, etc in food preparation.
  • Delegates duties to Food Service Workers and supervises work area.
  • May assist in storing incoming food and supply deliveries.
  • Interacts with residents and family in a professional manner.

Schedule is Monday-Friday between the hours of 6:00 am - 1:15 p.m. and every other weekend

What are the qualifications?

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • One or more years of experience with assisting in the preparation and serving of food in an institutional setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of institutional diets desirable.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with residents, family members and visitors, etc.
  • Ability to successfully pass a caregiver background check

Portage County offers a robust benefit package for permanent employees working at least 20 hours/week.  Benefits include:

  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan
  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with the High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution and a Traditional PPO plan)
  • Vacation 
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Flexible spending account
  • Dental insurance
  • 457B Deferred Compensation Plan

  Portage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer