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ABOLISHED 01/07/2016 PER PAY LETTER 16-05 - Food Service Technician I (Correctional Facility (2196)

ABOLISHED 01/07/2016 PER PAY LETTER 16-05 - Food Service Technician I (Correctional Facility

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DK65
  • Class Code: 2196
  • Established: 07/23/1975
  • Revised: 07/11/1979
  • Title Changed: 05/02/2001


Under the supervision in a State correctional facility in the Department of Corrections or Department of the Youth Authority, as assigned, to serve or assist with the preparation of foods and beverages; to clean and maintain food service equipment, utensils, and work areas; as required, to instruct and work with helpers from the resident population; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates, wards, residents, or patients; to protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; may lead, instruct, or supervise inmates, wards, or resident workers; and do other related work.

Job Characteristics

Employees in the class of Food Service Technician I (Correctional Facility) normally are assigned either (1) to help the cooking staff in the kitchen or (2) to serve food in a dining area. A Food Service Technician I (Correctional Facility) may be required to do the work of either type of assignment, incidental to his/her main assignment. Food is generally served at tables, cafeteria style, or by trays in hospital wards. In kitchen areas employees perform the routine work of preparing food for cooking and of cleaning and maintaining equipment, utensils and supplies. A Food Service Technician I (Correctional Facility) instructs and works with a group of helpers from the resident population.

Typical Tasks

In the serving of foods and beverages: Arranges dining room furniture; sets tables; receives and serves food from kitchen; clears tables after meals; cares for table linen; as required, assists in food preparation and related work in the kitchen.


In the preparing of foods and beverages: Washes, pares, and generally prepares fruits and vegetables for cooking; assists in preparing and dispensing food; relieves cooks, bakers, or meat cutters by performing routine operations such as stirring food, greasing bake pans, and grinding meat; as required, assists in food service and related work in the dining room.


In both the serving and preparing of foods and beverages: Operates dishwashing machines, glasswashers, and other culinary equipment; cleans and maintains utensils, equipment, and work areas; loads, transports, stores, and delivers food, supplies and equipment; maintains food at correct temperature at cafeteria serving counters; serves orders; performs miscellaneous pantry work; on a ward may do such unskilled cooking tasks as cutting and toasting bread, preparing eggnog, mixing batter, and frying pancakes; may instruct and work with helpers from the resident population; keeps records.


In all phases of work, maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the Departments of Corrections and the Youth Authority; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates, wards, residents, or patients for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

Minimum Qualifications

Six months of experience in an institution, hotel, or restaurant, either serving, cleaning food service areas, or assisting with the preparation and service of foods and beverages. Completion of the eighth grade may be substituted for the required experience.) (To be considered for appointment at the California Maritime Academy, candidates must be eligible for documentation by the United States Coast Guard.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods of cleaning and preparing foods for cooking and storing; proper methods of arranging dining room furniture, setting tables, and serving meals; various types of food service utensils and equipment and their uses; methods of cleaning and maintaining food service areas, utensils and equipment; sanitation and safety measures in food service areas; general pantry work.


Ability to: Portion servings; follow directions and keep simple records; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification.

Special Personal Characteristics

Sympathetic understanding of and willingness to work with the resident population of a State correctional facility; personal cleanliness; good sense of smell and taste; and freedom from communicable diseases.

Special Physical Characteristics

Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.


Assignments during tour of duty may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

  Updated: 9/21/2017
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