City of Surrey - Adult and Senior Services

Food Services Assistant - Food Services Assistant - Newton Seniors Centre and Cloverdale Recreation Centre


Food services is an integral part of seniors programs at recreation centres.  Food Service Assistants play an important role in the operation of this service.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with food preparation
  • Provide customer service
  • Serve meals
  • Maintain food service area (kitchen and eating areas) by keeping it clean and organized
  • Operate commercial grade dishwasher, if required
  • Clean up tables in eating areas and transport dishes, cups and cutlery to kitchen for cleaning
  • Liaise and communicate with staff about questions, concerns, and/or requests.
  • Assist with food inventory management


Report and Support

Volunteers in this position report to and are supported by recreation centre staff that may include Coordinators, Programmers, Kitchen Lead, Clerk and Front Desk Attendants. Orientation/Training will be provided by City of Surrey staff.  


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Able to perform physical tasks
  • Knowledge of food preparation in a commercial kitchen environment
  • Effective communication skills
  • Able to multitask, maintain a calm demeanor, and work accurately in a busy environment
  • Able to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to accept supervision and direction
  • Friendly and helpful attitude


Preferred Experience

  • Experience in food preparation and customer service
  • Food Safe certification an asset but not required



Newton Seniors Centre, 13775-70 Avenue OR

Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188-176th Street


Staff Contact

Poonam Olak, Community Services Coordinator at Newton Seniors Centre at 604 504 5014 or email  

Brandy Levington, Community Services Coordinator at Cloverdale Recreation Centre at 604 502 6409 or email


Time Commitment

  • Typically, morning or afternoon shifts, some occasional evenings, or weekends for special events. Both short-term and long-term opportunities are available.


Application Process


To apply for this position, please contact

Newton Seniors Centre  

Poonam Olak 604 504 5014 or email  


Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Brandy Levington 604 502 6409 or email


Step #1 – Eligibility Requirements


To apply to be a volunteer in the Adult and Senior Services volunteer program, you must be:

  • 14 years or older
  • Eligible to volunteer in Canada (check your travel documents, if applicable)


 Step #2 – Apply


  • Fill in an application
  • Attend an interview
  • Submit two (2) references
  • Complete a Police Information Check


 Step #3 – Volunteer


  • When all the above steps have been completed, you will be contacted by phone or email by an Adult and Senior Services program administrator.


This process can take up to 6 weeks so we thank you for your diligence and patience. Once you are eligible to volunteer, log-in to your profile at to search and sign up for volunteer activities, confirm shifts and record your hours of service.

Contact us: 

Volunteer Resources – 1st Floor West, City Hall