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Sanitation Specialist
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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Sanitation Specialist

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
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Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 26 days ago
Job Role
Food Sanitation Specialist, Sanitation Worker
Employer's Industry
Food & Hospitality

Job Description

Position Announcement
Sanitation Specialist


About Second Harvest Food Bank
Founded in 1974, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is a trusted leader in ending local hunger,
distributing healthy groceries through a network of 309 partners at 985 sites in Santa Clara and
San Mateo counties. This also makes Second Harvest one of the largest food banks in the
nation. Due to the prohibitively expensive cost of living in Silicon Valley, hunger is at an all-time
high as more and more families are forced to sacrifice nutritious food for housing. Second
Harvest is helping to keep people healthy and housed by providing enough nutritious food for 57
million meals a year — half of which is fresh produce. Second Harvest also connects people to
federal nutrition programs and other food resources, and advocates for anti-hunger policies on
the local, state and national levels. To learn more about how Second Harvest is building a
hunger-free community, visit

Purpose of the Position
The Sanitation Specialist will maintain the physical appearance and general sanitation of the
warehouse and/or office facility through the use of generally accepted janitorial practices and
materials in accordance with Second Harvest Food Bank policy, Feeding America and the
American Institute of Baking (A.I.B) Food Safety requirements along with all Local, State and
Federal Food Safety regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Maintain cleanliness of the interior and exterior of the facility by sweeping, mopping,
dusting, vacuuming, power scrubbing, washing and sanitizing; removing waste and
recyclable materials as needed.

o Maintain a variety of surfaces including carpet, linoleum, resilient and ceramic
tile, finished and unfinished dry wall, wood and metal surfaces and finished
and unfinished concrete through the use of generally accepted janitorial

o Maintain the restrooms to the highest level of cleanliness possible. Maintain
sufficient inventory of required stock items (toilet paper, paper towels, soap,
sanitary napkins and odor control devices) for each restroom. 

Perform duties and operate and maintain equipment in a safe manner. Follow safe work
practices as detailed in Second Harvest Food Bank’s safety policies and Injury/Illness
Prevention Plan.
Exercise proper, safe use, safe handling and storage of chemical-based cleaners. 

As directed by the Warehouse Manager, work with volunteers to accomplish sanitation
and housekeeping chores. 

Assist in maintaining an adequate supply of janitorial supplies and equipment.
Sanitation Specialist should have an understanding of AIB requirements regarding food
safe use of cleaning chemicals as well as ensuring compliance. This also includes
making sure that SDS sheets are up to date prior to the use of any cleaning chemicals in
the building. Recommend new safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products,
quality cleaning equipment and the monitoring of supplies. Per our food safety policy all
cleaning supplies must be pre-approved prior to use at any of our facilities.

Position Announcement
Sanitation Specialist


Complete light building maintenance as assigned by Director of Facilities. Duties may
include but are not limited to painting, changing lights, hanging signs, and other general
building maintenance tasks. 

Working with the Warehouse Manager, conduct facility food safety inspections. Report
findings and help set dates and responsibility for solving any discovered issues. Report
at monthly Food Safety meetings. 

Perform other duties including any warehouse duties as needed and assigned by
warehouse managers and supervisors in order to accomplish the goals and objectives of
the Foodbank to feed our clients daily. 

Second Harvest Food Bank is a “second responder” in the event of a community

emergency or disaster. During an emergency or disaster, and only after an employee’s

personal responsibilities are under control, employees are asked to report for work to be

available to help in ways that may be different from their normal work responsibilities. In

addition, employees may be temporarily transferred to other food banks (travel expenses

paid) to assist them in recovering from the disaster.

Qualifications 

Minimum of two (2) years’ work experience in a warehouse environment with an
emphasis on housekeeping and sanitation. Proven ability to work safely with chemicals
and cleaners used during job assignments. 

Proven ability to work steadily, independently and reliably with minimum supervision.
Ability to follow standardized written procedures. Ability to follow a written schedule and
make recommendations for improvements. 

Ability to work well with staff and volunteers. Coordinate and informally supervise
volunteers as assigned. 

Ability to safely operate cleaning equipment and basic tools. 

Ability to occasionally work inside freezers and coolers with a temperature range of -10
degrees F. to 38 degrees F. 

Exert force and/or carry items weighing twenty (20) to one hundred (100) pounds
occasionally, and up to fifty (50) pounds frequently. 

Up to 2/3 of the time: walk, sit, squat, bend, twist, and reach at various heights above
and below the shoulder level. 

Up to 1/3 of the time: push or pull, lift of carry large, heavy, awkward objects while
maneuvering in a confined space (e.g. narrow aisles, high density storage areas, inside
of a truck box, etc.), ascend or descend flights of stairs, climb in or out of trucks, docks
or forklifts. 

Must be able to operate manual and electric walk- behind pallet jack and sit down forklift.
Must be able to pass certification of said equipment. 

Must have valid Driver’s License to drive between facilities for various job assignments.



Position Announcement
Sanitation Specialist


Reports To: Director of Facilities

Location: (1) 750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125, or

(2) 4001 North First Street, San Jose, CA 5134

Hours: Full-time, Non-Exempt. Regular schedule with occasional evenings and


Compensation: Competitive hourly wage. Outstanding and generous health benefits

program, Flexible Time Off (FTO) starting at 160 hours/year, ten paid

holidays, and retirement plan.




Business Overview

Our Story

Our work is about all of us joining together to make sure we all have access to the most basic need: food. Founded in 1974, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation. We provide food to more than a quarter of a million people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month. More than half the people we serve are kids and seniors.

We distribute healthy food, including more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country, through a network of 310 nonprofit partners at 1,000 sites. To reach more people, we connect those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources.

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