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The Food Services Assistant reports to the Executive Chef and works in conjunction with other kitchen staff and volunteers. This position is responsible for supporting the smooth running of our large commercial kitchen, in a safe and professional manner, resulting in three meals per day for our guests.


  • Support kitchen to provide consistency in food safety and sanitation practices, and in cooking practices, food quality and competencies.
  • Works in conjunction with the Chef to prepare kitchen, pull food for shift volunteers, and ensure meals are delivered on time.
  • Clean and organize pantry as per the instruction of the Executive Chef.
  • Assist with preparation and cooking when not fully staffed with volunteers or the Chef is not available. Some additional hours may be required on occasion.
  • Clean kitchen and dining area as needed.
  • Assists Kitchen Utility Worker as needed.
  • Perform cooler temperature checks.
  • Participate in Staff meetings, Volunteer Orientations, Kitchen Management meetings, Organization Leadership meetings, and Food Program Team meetings.


  • One-year kitchen experience required.
  • Ability to drive to destinations throughout Sonoma County.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Strong capacity for guiding and working with volunteers.
  • Ability to stay calm and keep a sense of humor in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to learn basic computer and web-based systems.
  • Ability and desire to be in a work environment that values collaboration and roll your sleeves-up attitude.
  • Must obtain Food Handler’s permit within 30 days of hire.


Ability to read and write instructions.  Ability to respond effectively to time-sensitive projects.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to food preparation.


Valid California Driver’s License, acceptable motor vehicle report, and Food Handler’s permit (within 30 days) required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or balance.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may become loud at times. The temperature may be warm to cold due to oven/stove use and freezer and outdoor access.

This position’s primary location is 900 Hopper Street, Petaluma. Telecommuting is not optional in this role.

Su-Th from 10am-6:30pm
3 weeks vacation + 100 hours mental health/sick leave + 10 paid holidays
+ medical, dental, vision benefits, more!

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We strive for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace. COTS supports full vaccination and booster. COTS requires acceptable background check and if applicable, acceptable Motor Vehicle Report. COTS is a drug and alcohol-free workplace environment. COTS is committed to its mission, principles and values and expects the same dedication from its employees. Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, Celebration and Outcomes are the cornerstone of all that we do and how we measure ourselves as an organization. COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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