Substitute Food Service Worker

Muscatine Community School District
May 1, 2023
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Muscatine Schools is hiring Substitute Food Service Workers. Substitutes have the flexibility to work on an as-needed basis, as work is available. Substitutes Food Service Workers will fill in for the food service employees who are absent in the building on a daily basis and may be asked to fill longer-term assignments as needed. Substitute Food Service workers work in an entry-level capacity, assisting the kitchen staff with the preparation and service of food and clean-up of the cafeteria.

Substitute Food Service Workers are paid on an hourly basis. The rate of pay for these positions is $10.60/hour.

An interview, pre-employment background check, and onboarding/training session will be required prior to a candidate beginning as a Food Service Worker with Muscatine Schools. Call the MCSD Department of Human Resources with any questions/concerns regarding the application process at 563-263-7223.

POSITION TITLE: Substitute Food Service Worker
Food and Nutrition
Food Service Manager/Head Cook/Cook/Baker/FNW II and III


Responsibilities may vary depending on the school building but the following duties are illustrative of the variety and types of duties that a person in this position may be required to perform. All persons handling food must practice all standards for sanitation and safety in the day-to-day operation of the department.

  • Assists in setting up service areas, portioning and/or serving food items.
  • Assists in cleaning and storing of eating utensils, washing tables, dishes, trays, pans, and other kitchen equipment and the cleaning of floors.
  • Assists in preparing foods, such as cleaning and preparing fruits and vegetables, buttering bread, making sandwiches etc.
  • Uses various pieces of kitchen equipment such as dish-washing machines, where available, ovens and other cooking equipment.
  • Assists in control of food and supply costs with proper handling, rotation and storage techniques.
  • Communicates and works with fellow employees as well as maintains good public relations with students, parents, faculty and the community.
  • At High School, may take cash and process transactions
  • Maintains standards of sanitation and safety while working with dishwashers including filling, operating unloading and putting away silverware, pots, pans and trays.
  • May perform garbage detail procedures including area around dumpster after each and every serving period according to established building practices.
  • May wash laundry, defrost refrigerators, perform "deliming" of the dishwasher and steam tables.
  • At High School, may clean and or operate the Ice Cream machine or the shaved ice machine or other product machines.
  • Other duties of a similar nature to be assigned as needed


  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • This position requires that the employee be extremely customer service oriented and organized
  • Must genuinely like working with and around children, grades PreK-12
  • Working knowledge of computers is preferred
  • Must know the basics of USDA Food Service Requirements
  • Competency in the SNAP Computer Food Service System
  • Must maintain working knowledge of the kitchen and daily work schedule
  • Comfortable operating an oven, stovetop, can opener, microwaves, garbage disposal, dishwasher
  • Must following safety and sanitation procedures including wearing uniform, hairnet, and sturdy non-ski shoes
  • Must be very safety conscious
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