Boston Public Schools

Distribution Center Worker, Food and Nutrition Services (SY23-24) (00058746-SY2324)

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TitleDistribution Center Worker, Food and Nutrition Services (SY23-24)
Posting ID00058746-SY2324

Reports to: Distribution Center Manager



*subject to change based on operational needs, and may include being required to work during school closings



Founded in 1647, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the oldest public school district in the country. With approximately 57,000 students from over 114 different countries, nearly 8,000 employees, and an annual budget of $973 million, BPS is the largest district in Massachusetts and one of the most diverse as well. 

Currently BPS has 128 schools utilizing three food service delivery models. Forty six (46) schools have full service kitchens with full time cafeteria managers and subordinate staff. Seventy eight (78) schools are satellite kitchen sites receiving meals from an outside vendor, contracted by BPS. In the 2017-2018 school year four schools participated in a pilot program introducing a new model called “My Way Café.” In the 2018-2019 school year this pilot model will be expanded to an additional 26 schools. The My Way Cafe model is supported by a Central Distribution Center.

Department Facts:  

  • Mission: offer students safe, wholesome, nutritious, enjoyable meals to fuel academic excellence
  • Meals served: Approximately 23,500 breakfasts and 35,600 lunches served daily; approximately  -8,000 after-school meals served daily; 22,000 summer meals
  • BPS utilizes Community Eligibility Provision (CEP); which enables the district to provide free meals to all Boston students

Job Responsibilities:


  • Receive and log all incoming orders and dry goods


    • Operate an electric pallet jack or forklift to transport product
    • Breakdown product into separate pallets; tag pallets for storage


  • Store item in designated cold and dry storage
  • Select and transport bulk items for packing and distribution
  • Load trucks for distribution in accordance with Distribution Center plan 
  • Inspect all products to ensure they are meeting guidelines for quality and temperature
  • Track vendor and purchasing dates


    • Delivers food and non-food items; as needed
    • Maintain sanitation of distribution bins and delivery trucks


  • Consistently maintain product quality and integrity
  • Ensure adherence to food safety and facility safety
  • Perform quality control checks to ensure standards are met
  • Take corrective action, as necessary on timely basis and in accordance with Food & Nutrition Services standards, communicating inferior products or procedures
  • Able to work in team oriented environment
  • Responsible for the sanitation and maintenance of work, storage, break areas and trucks
  • Follow all safety and sanitation standards of HACCP, OSHA and the City of Boston.


  • Completes all other duties, as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Education: high school/GED, including basic computer skills
  • Valid Massachusetts drivers license with good record
  • Valid Forklift License/Certification
  • Food Handler Certification
  • English language proficiency (written and verbal)
  • 2 - 5 years of work experience, in warehouse
  • Basic knowledge of shipping and receiving practices
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow directions
  • Ability to calculate basic math
  • Flexible about tasks and able to multi-task and maintain high a productivity level
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively and work with a range of fellow workers  
  • Physical: Walking, standing, reaching above shoulder level, stooping, lifting, carrying, bending and pivoting
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Capable of sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time
  • Capable of working full day in refrigerated environment - must be able to work in a Multi-temp warehouse ranging from sub-zero to the ambient temperature of the outdoors for the entire shift without restrictions


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid CDL License
  • Serv-Safe Certification (Managers)
  • 5+ years of work experience, in warehouse
  • Hydraulic lift equipment experience
  • Certified knowledge of shipping and receiving practices
  • Proficiency in inventory software, databases and systems
  • Familiarity with modern warehousing practices and methods
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Spanish Language

Terms: (Grade 2, Step 1)

City of Boston Residency required

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

Schedule: September 1 to August 31*

Hours: 6:00 am to 2:00pm*



*subject to change based on operational needs, and may include being required to work during school closings

Shift TypeCentral Office
Salary Range1.0 FTE
LocationCentral Office - Food & Nutrition Services

Applications Accepted

Start Date05/25/2023
End Date08/01/2023