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Cook 2

at State of Washington

Pay: $15.74 to $20.32/hour
$15.74 - $20.32
Posted: 10/31/2020
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 2883355

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Overall Job Objective


Cook 2
On Call / Non Permanent

Longview Work Release
**This recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled.  A first review of applications will occur on October 22, 2020. We encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible, as the recruitment will be closed once the best candidate has been identified and selected for the position.** 

The Department of Corrections, Reentry Division is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to fill a On-Call / Non-Perm Cook 2 position at the Longview Work Release.  This position will be located at the Longview Work Release in Longview, WA.

The Longview Work Release is operated and completely staffed by the Department of Corrections. This facility is a 24/7 facility that houses both male and female residents.

Whether the work is inside a prison, within a work release, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.


This position contributes to the agency's mission to improve public safety by budgeting, planning, ordering, preparing and providing the offender population at Longview Work Release with nutritionally appropriate, quality meals that meet the recommended daily allowance as specified in the Department's certified meal plan. This facility provides approximately 5,040 meals monthly.

Participate in the preparation and service of all food on a shift.

Tasks include:

  • Perform mathematical calculations in converting recipes to determine appropriate quantity of food products required to meet menu requirements and population to be served.
  • Ensure adherence to appropriate portion control protocols.
  • Check food product during and after preparation, ensuring appropriate quality standards are met and adequate quantity has been prepared.
  • Understand and apply rethermalization of food process/procedures if appropriate.
  • Practice and perform progressive cooking techniques for quality control and to decrease waste within food service area.
  • Follow basic safety practices to preclude hazards and accidents.
  • Monitor, maintain and track knife and tool inventory.
Perform ordering, inventory, storage, use and reporting tasks.

Tasks include:
  • Maintain and organize accurate food inventories and ensure the rotation of stock items to prevent spoilage and pilferage.
  • Receive, store and distribute raw and pre-prepared or pre-packaged food products in accordance with required standards.
  • Receive, store and use chemicals and cleaning supplies appropriately.
Monitor offenders

Tasks include:
  • Intervene in emergencies by calling for assistance, containing the incident, and assisting staff in the incident response.
  • Monitor and intervene appropriately, including writing behavior reports or infractions, when inappropriate offender behavior is displayed.
  • Maintain security of the kitchen and dining area.
  • Train and monitor offenders in completing duty assignments in the kitchen/dining area.
** Please note this position will lift, move, and/or carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted.  Occasional lifting of more than 40 pounds may be required with the assistance of lifting devices or other workers. *



  • Two years cooking experience in a large scale food service or culinary operation.
** Note: Completion of course in large scale cooking may be substituted for 1 yr experience.

  • One year as a Cook 1 in State service.
  • Current food handler's permit

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'
For additional information about the agency, please visit

  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies.  If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.
Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire.  When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • This position may be represented by a Union Shop.
We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies: 
  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.
DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. 
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call us at (360) 407-5751.  For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.