City of Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield, NM, USA
  • 12.50 - $15.00 DOE/Q
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits (Health insurance, PERA, Paid vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays and free membership to the city's aquatic and fitness centers)

Position works Monday through Thursday of each week, working a total 35 hours per week. Paid vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays and free membership to the city's aquatic and fitness centers.


Works under the close supervision of the Senior Services Director performing a variety of routine semi-skilled and skilled duties as needed to manage the senior center commercial kitchen and prepare meals for the home-bound and aged. Supervises the Assistant Cook and monitors the general condition and needs of clients. Performs general custodial duties.


Cooks (2) may supervise each other.


Prepare meals according to a pre-planned menu. Assist on the food tray line as needed to package and load meals; assures proper preparation of total number and special diet meals assigned routes; must be familiar and comply with Environmental Department (ED) regulations i.e., daily tests or checks hot and cold food temperatures for record keeping purposes, sanitation, etc.

Process the Meals on Wheels preparations and packaging for Home Delivery respecting the time frame of the Drivers. Keep food and temperature logs up to date and other daily, weekly, and monthly reports. Operates a City vehicle to assist with business pertaining to the Senior Center; assists with delivery of food to senior patrons.

Assist with food and supply inventories; Assist with food orders. Assists with receiving incoming supplies and food supplies and assists with unloading and re-stocking in assigned areas. Dates, stores, and rotates left-overs to minimize waste. Assists with utilizing left-over meal product for frozen meal program.

Helps to maintain established standards of sanitation, safety, and food preparation, while following local and state health department requirements. Cleans appropriate areas, washing dishes, mopping, and sweeping, cleaning refrigerators, freezers, stove, ovens, bins, cupboards, and other kitchen equipment. Assists with disposal of trash and food wastes; recycles paper and metal waste daily.

Participates in on-going trainings, staff meetings and planned events. Assists with training and guiding staff and volunteers. Participates in emergency drills and environmental safety activities.

Maintains excellent customer service skills with staff and senior patrons.

Attendance at work is an essential function of this position.

Performs related duties as assigned.


1. Education and Experience: A. Sufficient education to demonstrate an aptitude or ability to perform above and related duties; AND B. Experience as a cook preferred but not necessary; cook to satisfy specific nutrition guidelines for older adults.

2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to manage the senior center kitchen, assists with the preparations of meals in accordance with the State of New Mexico AAA policies and procedures. Ability to establish effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and senior citizens; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; perform physically demanding tasks related to lifting.

Working knowledge of the following equipment: dishwasher, stove, steam table, convection oven, proofer, washing machine and dryer, microwave oven, and other kitchen appliances, broom, mop, motor vehicle, and telephone, computer, fax machine, and calculator; basic cleaning methods, practices and chemicals. Some knowledge of the special needs of senior citizens.

3. Special Qualifications:

Knowledge of food preparation required. Must possess an understanding and caring attitude toward senior citizens and display a willingness to be available to the service of the senior patrons. Must possess the ability to drive vans for pick-ups of senior citizens and supplies, work under stress and handle stressful situations, meet deadlines, follow directions and work together as a team player, establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other City personnel and the public. Must possess a valid New Mexico driver's license. Must have a good driving record, as documented by a copy of DMV records. Must have completed or be able to complete within two months of employment, the American Red Cross Adult CPR and standard First Aid course.

4. Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment is a commercial kitchen setting. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular and sensory strain, such stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and some creative problem solving. Must be able to lift or move 25 pounds


Disclaimer: The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.

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