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Pioneer Guest Home Food Services Specialist, Enterprise

Posted: 09/06/2022

LOCATION:            Enterprise, OR 

POSITION TITLE:  PGH Food Services Specialist

SHIFT:                     Swing Shift (2pm-10pm)

REPORTS TO:        Pioneer Guest Home Administrator

FLSA STATUS:        Non-exempt

SALARY:                 DOE


  1. Position summary.  The lead food services specialist is responsible for formulating and publishing the menu, purchasing groceries and monitoring activities of others assigned to cooking duties.


  1. Basic prerequisites.  Be at least 18 years of age, possess food handler certification, have a valid Oregon driver’s license, and be reasonably auto insurable.  


  1. Physical Demands.  This position requires an individual to be regularly available for work approximately 32 - 40 hours per week.  Position requires professional and personal skills to cope with stress associated with work involving a high degree of mental, emotional and physical demands.  This position also requires the ability to bend, stoop, push and pull, ability to ascend and descend stairs and lift 40 pounds.  The food services specialist must be able to stand the majority of the shift.  This position may involve working overtime, weekends or evenings.


  1. Basic tasks and responsibilities


  1. General

  1. Be willing to rotate shifts, which will include some weekends and holidays.

  2. Demonstrate attitude of acceptance and understanding of residents, and a willingness to carry out associated care plans, doctor’s orders, schedules, and various other house-required activities.

  3. Be familiar with policies and procedures of the Pioneer Guest Home, basic Mental Health Division rules, fire safety rules, and medication administration procedures.

  4. Demonstrate attitude of cooperation with Oregon Health Authority, Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness, law enforcement, paramedics, fire department and medical offices and personnel.

  5. Store, prepare and serve food in accordance with Health Services Food Sanitation Rules. 

  6. Assist with independent living cooking classes, individual training as cook’s helper, kitchen helpers, menu planning checking.


  1. Day-to-day activities

  1. Prepare and serve meals and snack in accordance with published menu and recipe specifications and house schedule.  Implement special diets as prescribed by primary care physicians.

  2. Prepare and pull food according to the published Prep/Pull sheet. 

  3. Ensure dishes are washed and sanitized and kitchen and eating areas are cleaned following each meal.  Supervise residents as required. 

  4. Transport clients as required.

  5. Report all incidents, assigned tasks that are not completed, illness of residents and any other pertinent information to the assistant administrator or administrator.

  6. Maintain proper cleanliness and organization of kitchen, walk-in cooler, refrigerator, freezers, and pantry.

  7. Complete grocery shopping as required.


  1. Weekly activities

  2. Assist lead cook in planning meals using the Grove Menus service and serve in accordance with the recommended dietary allowances found in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Guide Pyramid.

  3. Inventory kitchen consumables (i.e. aluminum foil, napkins, etc.) and provide list to assistant administrator ensuring adequate supplies are always on hand.