Food Service Worker, Mental Health Institute

State of Iowa, Mental Health Institute

1251 W. Cedar Loop, Cherokee, IA 51012
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking a Food Service Worker to join the team at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI). This is a full-time opportunity, and we offer a strong opportunity for advancement, growth and development.
Salary:  $28,163.20 - $39,894.40 Annually

We have a great total compensation package, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan)
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

For additional information on benefits click here (Download PDF reader).

Desired Qualifications:

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description (Download PDF reader).

Please Note: Under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS’s) new vaccine mandate for healthcare workers (published on November 5, 2021 and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court on January 13, 2022), all potential employees of this facility must have received, at a minimum, the first dose of a primary series or a single dose vaccine OR have an approved religious or medical exemption (as determined by the agency) OR have documentation reflecting a temporary delay in vaccination (as determined by the agency in accordance with CDC allowances), prior to the start date. Candidates shall coordinate with agency staff to ensure all requirements are met before the individual provides any care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its clients.

Application Instructions:

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If you have any questions, please contact Donna Bobzien Wade,


The Food Service Worker will assist in the diet line area, check in food deliveries to ensure product quality, follow recipes, and work on pre-prep. Additional duties include assisting in the cafeteria set up, washing and putting away dishes, cleaning all equipment along with appliances, sinks, cabinets, tables, and carts. The ideal candidate will work to ensure maximum production and quality standards are met, provide excellent customer service to all customers, and follow all general sanitation standards. 

Location: Cherokee, Iowa

Open: Wednesday November 16th

Close: Wednesday November 30th 2022

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