Join Our Team!

School nutrition employees serving food to students

Join our team of school nutrition professionals dedicated to preparing and serving healthy, tasty food for the students of Hamilton County.

Entry-Level Positions


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Our staffing partner, Qualified Staffing, hires entry-level nutrition assistants and cafeteria substitutes for all HCS cafeterias. After working 480 hours with Qualified Staffing at an HCS cafeteria, the person is eligible to be hired on as a Team Member 1 with HCS when positions are available.

To apply  with Qualified Staffing, visit their website or call 423-242-0062.

School nutrition employee assisting student

HCS cafeteria positions are offered:

  • Opportunities for promotion
  • Free meals
  • Paid time off after one year
  • Discounted rates with HCS's school-aged child care program
  • Starting pay $15 per hour

Promotional Positions

Internal cafeteria personnel are eligible for promotions, as positions become available. 

Team Member 2

A Team Member 2 becomes an expert in either cooking or cashiering.

To be eligible, a Team Member 1 must complete a minimum of four weeks cashiering or cooking daily, pass a test on cashiering or cooking, and receive a positive manager reference.

Team Member 3

A Team Member 3 becomes an expert in both cooking and cashiering and can complete basic paperwork for a short-term manager absence. 

To be eligible, a Team Member 1 or 2 must complete all the minimum requirements for both cooking and cashiering, pass a Team Member 3 test, and receive a positive manager reference.

Experienced Food Service Managers

We are always looking for experienced food service managers to lead a team of dedicated culinary professionals. Compared to the private foodservice industry, we offer great hours and benefits!

As a specialized type of food service management, we require our Cafeteria Managers to participate in a School Nutrition Management Training program prior to placement as a manager in a school. We typically recruit for this program in January and February, but we will consider qualified foodservice managers on a rolling basis. Contact our HR Generalist for more information.