Food Technology Assistant

Job posted: 24/06/2022
Applications close: 07/07/2022 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Gippsland | Cockatoo

Job type: Part time / From 18/07/2022 - 21/12/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1284944

Reference: 1284944

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Gippsland | Cockatoo

Selection Criteria

SC1    Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.

SC2    Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.

SC3    Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.

SC4    Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.

SC5    A commitment to professional learning and growth.


  • This position is over 5 days a week.
  • To support the delivery of relevant curriculum programs within the Food Technology area.
  • To work under the direction of the Food and Technology Teacher/Manager, using established routines, methods and procedures.
  • To solve work problems by reference to established procedures and practices through liaison with supervisory staff.  Refer problems of a more complex nature to appropriate personnel, (Business Manager, Technology Area Manager, Administration team).
  • To assist colleagues, both teaching and non-teaching in the tasks being undertaken in the Food Technology area and provide assistance to students as directed.
  • The Food Technology Assistant requires a broad knowledge of safe food handling DET and associated health regulations.
  • To maintain confidentiality, ie able to be trusted with private and sensitive information and be accountable for quality, accuracy and timelines of tasks undertaken, using initiative and effective and efficient work practices.
  • Assist teaching staff with enforcement of appropriate safety procedures.
  • Assist students in relation to their equipment and materials needs in the classroom
  • Assist with security of equipment and buildings.
  • Support College activities requiring the use of food and the food department resources.
  • Liaise with Business Manager to undertake relevant staff professional development and training.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe working environment.


Duties will include, but are not limited to:

Daily Duties

  • Ordering supplies for classes including shopping unpacking goods.
  • Responsible for the control, recording, dispensing and reconciliation of petty cash advance for Food Tech which must be kept in locked cupboard/drawer.  Once monies spent reconcile, take to Business Manager for reimbursement.
  • Preparation of trolleys, equipment, detergent, etc for classes including cleaning and packing up.
  • Assistance with classes (when instructed/requested by teachers)
  • Cleaning including bench tops, shelves under benches, sinks, tabletops, refrigerator doors, sinks, ledges about sinks and cupboards.
  • Check and replace utensils in drawers and cupboards if anything is missing (from spares drawer).
  • Check cutlery, crockery and glassware for cleanliness and clean when necessary.
  • Stoves - wipe stovetops and check ovens and grillers for cleanliness and clean when necessary.
  • Launder dishcloths, teatowels and other kitchen linen.  Fold and place and put away. Make sure fluff traps are cleaned regularly.
  • Refill containers and clean regularly.
  • Leave area shut down and secure at the end of each day.
  • Adhere to DET policy and guidelines, especially in regards to OHS.


  • Wipe over aprons and placemats.
  • Wipe out refrigerators and check contents.
  • Clean microwaves and stoves including underneath.

End of Term

  • Wipe benchtops, shelves and drawers.
  • Clean all stove tops, ovens, oven rungs and grillers.
  • Clean sinks and brush containers.  Soak brushes in bleach and clean.  Replace scourers and brushes if needed.
  • Defrost refrigerators. Check and tidy fridges and freezers.
  • Wash and disinfect rubbish bins.
  • Lift all furniture onto bench tops so floors can be cleaned and polished.
  • Dust walls with wall broom.
  • Soak and scrub white chopping boards.
  • Move stoves and sweep and clean sides of stoves and benches.
  • Make sure pantry doors are unlocked for floor cleaning.

End of Year

Same as End of Term plus:

  • Reline cupboards and drawers with white paper if needed.
  • Wash pantry shelves and jars.  Ensure food is properly stored to avoid spoilage.
  • Wash curtains and inside of windows.
  • Complete equipment inventory.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business, and home)
  • a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements under the Who May Apply section
  • names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of at least three referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name.  Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we take this action.

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business, and home)
  • a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements under the Who May Apply section
  • names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of at least three referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name.  Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we take this action.

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Emerald Secondary College offers a quality secondary education. Our college is proud of the Strategic Direction which is driving forward the core mantra to provide ‘Access to Excellence’.  Students are surrounded by a natural environment which enhances their educational experiences in purpose built buildings and supported by a committed and passionate staff.

The College is currently going through a building upgrade, that is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Upgrades will include the Resource Centre, Administration Block, upgrades to the Science classrooms, Food Tech/Textiles and the Year 7 building.

The College supports a professional learning environment that builds staff capacity and adds growth to both student and staff outcomes. Emerald Secondary College's Instructional Model has been embedded and aims to empower our staff and students to continue to develop Learning and Teaching outcomes ensuring consistency between classes and the use of High Impact Teaching Strategies. The college offers a comprehensive curriculum from Year 7 through to Year 12 with a student focused pathway approach supporting each student’s interest, ability, and aspiration for the future. This is enhanced by an additional acceleration pathway that can allow students’ access to University Courses at school to complement their Year 12 program.

Our college has a strong history of academic success with a high proportion of students being accepted into university or other tertiary institutions. We offer an extensive range of VCE courses in the Senior School complemented by vocational education opportunities including VET and the provision for the new Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) for Victorian government secondary schools from 2023.

We are also proud to be an accredited Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL) school for academically talented students from Year 7 onwards.

Beyond the curriculum the college offers a range of opportunities for its students including: Student Voice and Leadership, Japanese Sister School Exchange Program, Instrumental Music Program, Performing Arts Centre, Visual Arts Program, School Sports Program and a Camps and Outdoor Education Program.

The College has just completed its School Review and will deliver a new Strategic Direction based on the findings.

Food Technology Assistant

Job type:

Part time / From 18/07/2022 - 21/12/2022

Job classification:

Not provided


Jayne Thompson | 0431 463 600

Food Technology Assistant