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Service Assistant (Food) (2197)

Service Assistant (Food)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DK68
  • Class Code: 2197
  • Established: 06/22/1978
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision, to learn and perform basic food preparation and food service activities; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

The class of Service Assistant (Food) is designed to provide on- the-job experience for persons who have successfully completed a training program in food preparation and service. Experience in this class is qualifying for advancement to the Food Service Worker I. While it is anticipated that most employees in this class will promote, a limited number of positions may be permanently allocated to this class. When this occurs, incumbents are assigned a less difficult or more restricted range of duties associated with the service assistant level. Employees remaining in the class of Service Assistant (Food) are expected to have successfully completed their on-the-job training and to perform work which meets established performance standards for the class.

Typical Tasks

Assists in arranging dining room furniture, setting tables, and clearing and cleaning tables after meals; assists with receiving and serving food; prepares fruits and vegetables for cooking; makes salads; counts and arranges butter pats; prepares toast; counts cartons of beverages for meals and snacks; operates dishwashing machines; cleans and maintains utensils, equipment and work areas; loads, transports, stores and delivers food, supplies and equipment; monitors and records temperatures on hot water, serving counters and refrigerator gauges.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Three months of experience as a trainee in food preparation and food service work in the California state service.



Successful completion of a formal training or work experience program in basic food preparation service. This work experience training program must have been in either:


1. A setting recognized or sponsored by the California Department of Rehabilitation. or


2. A program such as those under the Career Opportunities Development (COD), Work Incentive Program (WIN) or similar Federal, State or local programs.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Basic methods, equipment, safety and sanitation practices used in food service work.


Ability to: Learn and perform basic food preparation and food service activities, including the safe use and care of utensils, equipment and work area; follow directions; demonstrate acceptable work habits and meet production standards.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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