Employment Opportunities

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Employment Opportunities

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Welcome to St Vrain Valley Schools’ Nutrition Team! We are dedicated to providing nutritious meals to support the well-being and learning of our students. Join our dynamic team of professionals committed to making a positive impact every day.

Why join our team?

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  • Impactful Work: Contribute to the health and development of students through nutrition.
  • Collaborative Environment: Work in a supportive and collaborative team setting.
  • Professional Growth: Access opportunities for training, development, and career advancement.
  • Community Engagement: Engage with the local community and make a difference.

Employment Opportunities

Explore our current job openings for roles such as:

  • Kitchen Manager
  • Nutrition Services Worker
  • Nutrition Services Substitute
  • Floating Kitchen Manager
  • Manager in Training
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Staff picture from the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference, July 2023 in Denver, CO

The district offers benefits for individuals working more than 17.5 hours per week.

Benefits for all Nutrition Services employees:

Application Process

  1. Explore Open Positions: View our current job openings and select the position that aligns with your skills and interests.
  2. Submit Your Application: Complete our online application form.
  3. Interview Process: If your qualifications match our requirements, you’ll be invited for an interview.
  4. Onboarding: Successful candidates will undergo comprehensive onboarding to set them up for success in their roles.


“Working in the school kitchen is a great job for me. I started when my girls were in school full time. I like that I’m busy and not sitting a lot. I enjoy working to feed the students, they really like what we serve for breakfast and for lunch. It’s a fulfilling job, the school is very supportive and they appreciate how hard we work to get the meals done everyday for lunch. Nutrition services provide our shirts so we don’t have to buy them. That is a huge savings for my family. I recommend this job to anyone who needs time away from home while your children are in school.”

Maria Sabadini, Assistant Kitchen Manager

“I have been working with Student Nutrition Services for 20 years. I am currently working for the St. Vrain School District as the Kitchen Manager at Soaring Heights PK-8 in Erie. My favorite part of the day is to see the student’s smiles as they come through the lunch line knowing that I play a small part in helping them make healthy food choices and improving their health and well being. I enjoy working and associating with all the wonderful people I have met throughout my years of service. I love the flexibility of my work schedule being able to have the same days off as my children and grandchildren.”

Ana Cramer, Kitchen Manager

“I have worked for Nutrition Services for 25 years, I started when my son went into first grade. I love my job, so I’m still doing it. I started as a server, then I learned how to be a cashier. I worked up to Manager and I love it. This is a great job for a stay at home Mom or Grandma that just wants to work part time. You don’t work in the summer unless you want to. When your children are out of school, you don’t work. The job is very rewarding. I really enjoy feeding students. The students appreciate that we work hard to give them good tasting food.”

Teri Zaynor, Kitchen Manager

“Working for nutrition services is the most rewarding job ever! Not only do you get the reward of seeing all the kids everyday, you also make a big impact in a lot of their little lives making sure they are fed throughout the week. Another plus side in working with nutrition services is you get the same days off as your kiddos making it easier to take vacations.”

Constance Cordova, Kitchen Worker

“Working for SVVSD nutrition services has been a great experience for me so far. I have only been with the district since the beginning of the school year and I have already been entrusted with a great opportunity and responsibility of being a travel manager early on, helping me accelerate my growth. Every manager and supervisor I have worked with so far has been very helpful, and I am always learning something new from everybody each day. I am very excited to see what the years bring working for SVVSD nutrition services.”

Brenda Walters, Floating Manager


Q: What are the work hours?

A: The exact shift hours are contingent on the requirements of each location and may vary accordingly. However, it’s important to note that shifts will not extend beyond the timeframe of 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Q: What days of the week do we work?

A: The work schedule operates from Monday through Friday, with exclusions on most holidays and all weekends. Annual workday calendars are typically posted by January, providing a six-month advance notice before the commencement of the new school year. Explore the work calendars here.

Q: Do we accrue paid time off (PTO)?

A: You accrue one day of pay each month based on your respective hours.

Q: Are there opportunities to work during the summer?

A: During the summer months, we extend our meal service, and we are always in need of extra help. Employees working during this period receive extra duty pay for the hours worked. There are opportunities available in June and July for those interested in contributing to our summer meal program.

Q How often are we paid?

A: Paychecks are directly deposited monthly, on the last workday of the month, covering the payroll period from the 16th to the 15th. It’s important to note that days not worked, including holidays or breaks, are not compensated. Missed contracted days can be paid using available and accrued PTO (Paid Time Off). However, PTO cannot be utilized for holidays or breaks as they are not considered contracted work days.

Q: What opportunities are available for professional growth or to increase hours?

A: One of Nutrition Services’ core values and strategic plan initiatives is to provide high-quality training and growth opportunities. These efforts collectively reinforce Nutrition Services’ commitment to the continuous development and growth of its team members:

  1. Professional Development Training: Regular training is organized to enhance the skills and knowledge of team members, ensuring they stay abreast of industry best practices.
  2. Certification Programs: Nutrition Services facilitates certification programs through the School Nutrition Association for qualified employees; allowing employees to acquire recognized qualifications that contribute to their professional growth.
  3. Cross-Training Opportunities: Team members are provided with opportunities for cross-training, broadening their skill sets and promoting versatility within the department.
  4. Leadership Development Programs: Specialized programs are designed to nurture leadership qualities among team members interested in management through our Manager in Training program (MIT), empowering them to take on more significant roles within the organization.
  5. Access to Industry Conferences: Nutrition Services encourages attendance at School Nutrition Association conferences for eligible employees through department and State scholarships, exposing employees to the latest trends and innovations in nutrition and food services.
  6. Advisory Committee Participation: Nutrition Services actively involves team members in advisory committees, providing a platform for collaboration and input. This engagement allows team members to work with the central office staff in planning the future of the department and its initiatives.

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