Food Service Worker

Position Overview

Do you possess integrity, strong interpersonal skills, and do you have a desire to serve your community? The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) invites you to become part of Arizona's leading law enforcement agency. We are seeking passionate individuals to join our team with a variety of openings for Civilian, Detention and Sworn personnel. We come together as a team to support and provide public safety. We are OneMCSO – become one with us!

The Food Service Worker prepares healthy food which is provided to the MCSO inmate population and instructs inmates on kitchen tasks. This position is involved in all aspects of food preparation, operating in a safe and secure manner within a jail environment

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications:

Two (2) years of general experience in food preparation and service.


Combined education and experience qualifications

  • Other combinations of education and experience may be considered in substitution for the minimum qualifications.

Other requirements
  • Food service workers must complete a program approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • Current Food Handler's cards are acceptable if unexpired.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.
  • Training that may be provided on-the-job: FEMA NIMS – IS100 and 700; Safety; payroll; PREA.
  • Prior to hiring, the Sheriff's Office requires that all candidates pass an extensive background review.

Our Preferred Candidate has
  • High school diploma or GED and two (2) years of institutional or high-volume food preparation experience.

Working conditions:
Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

The following environments described are only representative of how the essential job tasks are currently performed or envisioned. As such, in order to accommodate a disability or limitation, the essential job tasks may be performed in ways other than described on these pages.

Work occurs indoors in a food plant environment in a jail facility. Tasks require manual dexterity to operate kitchen equipment and may involve long periods of standing and/or walking. Position involves teamwork and ability to interact with and oversee adult inmates in food preparation.

Work Environment:
  • Indoors in jail environment, rarely outdoors
  • Frequently in temperatures above 90 degrees or below 40 degrees
  • Wet/damp area
  • Frequent use of stairs or ladders
  • High noise level
  • Frequently bright lighting, occasionally dim lighting
  • Conditions may rarely include chemicals/fumes, smoke/dust, unprotected heights
  • Rare exposure to contagious diseases

Physical Environment:
  • Sitting, standing, walking
  • Driving a vehicle
  • Speaking, hearing, seeing, reading
  • Distinguishing colors
  • Bending/kneeling, reaching, twisting, climbing
  • Wearing protective gear
  • Lifting floor to waist fifty (50) pounds
  • Lifting waist to shoulder fifty (50) pounds
  • Lifting shoulder to overhead fifty (50) pounds
  • Carrying a weight of fifty (50) pounds for a distance of 100 feet
  • Pushing/pulling a weight of fifty (50) pounds for a distance of 100 feet

Social Environment:
  • Time pressures, high volume of work
  • Handling multiple or complicated tasks, and frequently changing or unscheduled tasks
  • Accuracy
  • Decision making
  • Concentration/vigilance
  • Frequent interruptions
  • Working in a team environment in close proximity to others
  • Regular inmate contact
  • Occasional contact with public
  • Conditions rarely include emergencies, dangerous environment, or working in isolation
  • Overtime/rotating shifts on rare occasions

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • Proper food handling and food preparation techniques in compliance with health standards.
  • Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Skill in:
  • Cleaning and sanitizing food service facilities and equipment.
  • Operating a variety of kitchen and office equipment.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Ability to:
  • Instruct and lead others in the preparation and service of meals.
  • Appropriately portion meals and prepare food for special diets.
  • Conduct inspections and safety checksto ensure all safety standards are being followed.
  • Prepare production reports.
Essential Job Tasks
  • Prepares inmate meals and special diets.
  • Instructs inmates in all work areas of the kitchen, loading dock, and related areas.
  • Documents all activities in the incident logbook.
  • Performs computer tasks using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Operates various commercial kitchen equipment, forklifts, and electric pallet jacks in a safe manner.
  • Monitors equipment and reports repair needs to maintenance.
  • Performs utensil, tool, key, and inmate accountability throughout the shift.
  • Assigns and instructs inmates and Detention personnel on kitchen tasks.
  • Instructs Detention and Civilian personnel to safely operate commercial kitchen equipment.
  • Conducts inventory, orders supplies, and monitors delivery of supplies from the Warehouse.
  • Ensures the assigned work area and kitchen equipment is well maintained and clean.
  • Maintains Environmental Health code compliance. (HACCP).
  • Oversees distribution of meals.
  • Maintains Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance.
  • Prepares and writes reports and memos.
  • Drives Maricopa County Sheriff's Office vehicles for assigned activities, and loads/unloads trucks.
  • Monitors chemical usage in the production area.
  • Maintains inventory and equipment control.
  • Performs safety checks on food service equipment.
  • Attends briefings, meetings, and special events.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by Food Service Shift Supervisor.
  • Be present at work site to perform tasks as scheduled and/or assigned by supervisor.
Selection Procedure

The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances