Nutrition Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital involve all aspects of preparing and serving nutritious and healthy meals to patients, staff and visitors.
Job titles include Clinical and Administrative Dietitians, Clinical and Administrative Food Service Supervisors, Cooks, Dietary Service Workers, Dishwashers, Cashiers, Administrative Support, and Clerks.
“Employment needs in the Dietitians, Food Service Supervisor, Admin Support, and Clerical classifications are generally stable,” says Catriona Wilson, Registered Dietitian and Manager of Nutrition Services.
“There is a fair amount of turnover in Dietary Service Workers, because these positions are an entry into the healthcare field. Cooks are also a challenge to recruit at times.”
“Employment is year-round, and generally casual and part-time positions are the most common opportunities available. Except for Dietitians, employment requires working shifts and weekends, because Nutrition Services operates from 5:50 am until 10 pm seven days a week.”
Presently, there are seven Dietitians, one Administrative Support person, four Clerks, four Clinical Food Service Supervisors, four Administrative Supervisors, 12 Cooks, 43 Dietary Service Workers, three Cashiers, and four Dishwashers, for a total of 82 employees. There are casual employees as well.
“Dietitians are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, complete a Dietetic Internship program, be registered with the PEI Dietitians Registration Board, and be eligible to be a member of Dietitians of Canada,” says Catriona.
“Food Service Supervisors must have a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or complete a recognized Food Service Supervisor program from a community college or a two-year correspondence course.
“Cooks must have Grade 12 and complete a cooking program from a recognized institution.
“Clerks must have Grade 12. Administrative Support staff must have Grade 12, an office studies program, and typing skills.
“Dishwashers, Cashiers and Dietary Service Workers must have Grade 12.
“Wages, health, and medical benefits are as per each collective agreement.
“Except for the Clerk and Admin support roles, Nutrition Services positions require standing and walking in the kitchen, walking to the nursing units delivering meals or supplies to the pantries. The work tends to be fast paced, as meals are served three times per day. Many of the job duties are repetitive and physical in nature, such as lifting trays and pushing and pulling carts.”
How to apply
“Depending on the position, the hiring process can take up to several months,” says Catriona.
Applications are processed through the PEI Public Service Commission.
“To stand out during the application process, previous experience in the food industry is very helpful. In addition, experience in customer service and dealing with people is a wonderful asset.
“Submission of a completed resumé, professional dress, and having knowledge of the position makes a very important first impression.”
After the interview with the PEI Public Service Commission, a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check must be submitted.
“The key to successful employment is the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with many personalities and in a team,” says Catriona. “There are opportunities for advancement for all interested candidates.”
For more information on provincial government jobs, go to www.gov.pe.ca/jobs or call the PEI Public Service Commission at 902-368-4080.
For tips on applying, visit www.employmentjourney.com/tips-applying-provincial-government/.