Job Description

Job Title: Nutrition Service Assistant (UPMC Altoona)
Job ID: 779431
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Nutrition Services
Location: , Altoona PA


Prepares and portions all cold food items including salads,desserts, beverages, for patient and employee feeding. Sets up and serves hot and cold food on patient line and in cafeteria. Cleans cold food area, serving tables, refrigerated units, and equipment in cold food area.  This position will be rotating shifts.

  • Cleans up breaks and special functions. Properly documents on special function/break sheet. Appropriately stores items returned from breaks/special functions.
  • Correctly checks inpatient nursing units for soda and ice cream par levels. Correctly assembles non-patient supplies. Delivers supplies to non-patient areas. Has supply sheets initialed. Properly stores patient supplies in cooler.
  • Fills and operates floor scrubber. Uses proper pad and chemical for the kitchen and cafeteria floors.
  • Has knowledge of soaps/chemicals used on a daily basis. Understands proper use.
  • Inspects washed dishes and flatware for cleanliness, stains, flaws, and removes any with imperfections after referring to supervisor. Sorts and stores flatware. Transports and stores dishes and flatware to cafeteria and patient serving line.
  • Maintains work area, including equipment (mobile work stations and milk coolers), in a sanitary and orderly condition at all times. Cleans equipment, tables, utensils after use and stores in proper area. Sanitizes food prep surfaces. Completes additional cleaning as assigned.
  • Must be inserviced on all equipment before authorized to use it, including electric warmers used for special functions.
  • Must observe and follow proper food handling procedures (established by the F.D.A) from preparation to storage of leftovers, to include, but not limited to maintaining food temperatures below 41 F and rapid cooling techniques. Proper use of gloves.
  • Must understand the need for handling food according to sanitation regulations.
  • Operates, loads and cleans dishmachine. Refills soap and rinse additives in dishmachine. Records temperatures and chemical usage. Turns off dishmachine at the end of evening. Correctly cleans dishmachine.
  • Prepares supplemental feedings accurately for patients as specified on supplemental feeding list.
  • Prepares, delivers and/or sets up and serves all food items required for special functions and coffee breaks.
  • Properly uses Power Pal to transport food carriers to Building.
  • Reports all equipment malfunctions to supervisors.
  • Sets up cafeteria serving areas and salad bar with all required foods and beverages, utensils and other supplies. Appropriately stores desserts after cold food set-up is complete
  • Tear down food carts. Rinses and rack items. Soaks all flatware.
  • Thoroughly cleans food carts, using properchemical. Correctly lines up food carts when cleaned. (DCS)
  • Transports and disposes of waste to compactor from patient, cafeteria and special functions. Uses compactor properly.
  • When assigned to cafeteria, sets up hot food side and cold food side correctly for service. Serves hot and cold foods as requested and according to portion control list. Serves customers in a timely manner. Resupplies salad bar, condiments, and crackers, soda, milk, juices, etc. as needed.
  • a) Correctly cleans, prepares, and mixes ingredients for all cold foods. b) Portions cold food items correctly, utilizing correct scoop and serving size. Cuts cakes evenly. c) Follows proper rotation. Uses oldest dates first. d) Accurately follows production sheet. Records any changes in amounts prepared. Correctly records unused items after patient line.
  • a) Loads patient trays correctly into food carts. (checks that food cart temperatures are acceptable).When needed, places supplies on proper cart. (Places cart on lift properly. Sends to correct floor. Follows unit up procedure. b) Properly boosts' food carts before sending to nursing unit c) Able to correctly place food carts on nursing units. Correctly deals with any supplies/requisitions on carts. Follows lift procedures. d) Able to timely return carts to the kitchen. Follows proper order of return. Proper order of return.


  • Education and Formal Training Required: High school diploma required.
  • Experience Required: On-the-job training.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $11.30 / hour

Union Position: Yes

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