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State of Montana Food Preparation Worker in Warm Springs, Montana

ATTENTION: Montana State Hospital is currently offering a differential of $4 an hour for hours worked (up to 40) at Montana State Hospital. This temporary differential is for all positions at Montana State Hospital.

Job Overview: The cook chill technician prepares and serves meals for patients, guests, and staff. Responsibilities

include preparing food and beverages according to dietary recipes and residents’ special dietary or nutrition restrictions;

sanitizing kitchen area and equipment; and ensuring patient employees use proper cleaning and sanitation practices.

Major Duties or Responsibilities:

A. Meal Preparation (45%)

  • Prepares food and beverages according to dietary recipes and residents’ special dietary or nutrition restrictions.

  • Monitors daily populations and orders appropriate food quantity.

  • Verifies proper substitution of ingredients when unexpected shortages or menu changes occur.

  • Utilizes computerized cook/chill equipment to prepare food at correct temperatures.

  • Adheres to sanitary food handling and proper storage requirements.

  • Inspects food inventory, dates of expiration, and rotates food to minimize waste.

  • Ensures meals service is on schedule and tray lines run efficiently without shortages.

B. Maintenance & Safety (45%)

  • Sanitizes food preparation areas such as cutting boards, serving equipment and work surfaces.

  • Dissembles and reassembles cook/chill equipment for proper cleaning.

  • Washes and sanitizes dishware and utensils, and other cookware.

  • Cleans kitchen, dining room tables and chairs; discards all waste materials and trash.

  • Prepares nutrition labels and supplemental nourishments for patients.

  • Secures knives in locked cabinets and keeps the dietary department locked.

  • Reports unusual patient behavior to nursing staff.

C. Lead Worker (5%)

  • Oversees all kitchen staff and meal preparation as necessary.

  • Ensures patient employees use proper cleaning and sanitation practices.

  • Documents safe food temperature and rotation of inventory.

D. Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

  • Maintains the canteen/coffee shop, operates the cash register and waits on customers.

Physical and Environmental Demands: Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for prolonged time and push and pull heavy

carts. Potential hazardous equipment, chemical use, temperature extremes, loud equipment noise, dust, and fumes.

Must be able to work with direct care staff and assist with de-escalation of patients.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of state and federal food regulations.

  • Knowledge of hand washing and infection control.

  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment and cook/chill production equipment.

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.

  • Skill in organization, prioritization, and time management.

  • Ability to read, comprehends, and follow standardized recipes.

  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • One year experience in food preparation.

  • Other combinations of directly related education/experience may be considered on a case by case basis.


Preparation of modified diets preferred.

Job: *Food Service

Title: Food Preparation Worker

Location: Warm Springs

Requisition ID: 20141549