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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: U0009 / Food Svc Sanitation Worker
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 03

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision, cleans and sanitizes pots, pans, utensils, and other serviceware. Sets up, operates, and cleans dish machine and related equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Operates dish machine and related equipment.
  2. Dismantles, cleans, and reassembles dish machine equipment.
  3. Ensures the sanitary handling of serviceware and maintains safety standards during dish machine operation.
  4. Cleans dishroom floors, walls, dollies, carts, service area floors, and related facilities and equipment.
  5. Organizes pots, pans, and other serviceware; replaces sanitized serviceware in appropriate location.
  6. May instruct and oversee the activities of student employees performing the same type of work.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Less than high school; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate and/or maintain dish washing equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of maintenance and care of culinary facilities, equipment, supplies, and materials.

Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to obtain State of New Mexico Food Handler's Certificate, where applicable.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017