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Cook 2 - Yakima AVWR (CH82)

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/16/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2525120

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COOK 2 (CH82)

Full Time Permanent 

Reentry Division (RED) 
Ahtanum View Work Release (AVWR)
Yakima, Washington

Are you seeking an employment opportunity with State Government where you can use your knowledge, skills, and abilities in institutional food preparation?

The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking qualified individuals for a Cook 2 permanent full-time position located at Ahtanum View Work Release in Yakima, Washington.
**This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.  The next review of candidates will occur on December 11, 2019.**

This position may be filled at the Cook 1 (In-Training) level - depending on qualifications and experience  ($2,436.00 - $3,122.00 per month)

Must be available to work days, swing, graveyard, split, rotational shifts, weekends and holidays. Must be willing and able to work overtime to maintain operations.
Whether the work is inside a prison, 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.


At AVWR, an adult correctional facility, this Cook 2 position prepares food on an assigned shift, in support of the Department of Corrections' Offender Food Service Program and its Mission: The Department of Corrections in collaboration with its criminal justice partners, victims, citizens, and other stakeholders will enhance community safety, reduce victimization, and hold offenders accountable through the administration of criminal sanctions and effective correctional programs.

Responsibilities include:
  • Preparation and service of food.
  • Perform inventory and reporting tasks.
  • Train and instruct offenders in general food services cleaning practices.
  • Monitor offenders while in the kitchen/dining area.
Work is performed in a correctional facility kitchen area where offenders have access to knives, sharp utensils, kitchen equipment and other food service equipment that could be used as weapons.
The kitchen area is hot, humid and noisy with exposure to steam, fumes, and odors from cooking and at times, cleaning chemicals.
There is the potential to slip on wet floors or where food has been spilled and receive cuts from knives and burns from steam, hot foods, stove, hot grease and water.
This position will lift, move, and/or carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted.
Position includes continual standing and walking; frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting and turning; and occasionally kneeling and lifting or moving objects weighing over 40 pounds with the assistance of carts, lifting devices or other workers.


Required Qualifications:

Cook 2:
Two years' cooking experience in a large-scale food service or culinary operation.
Completion of course in large-scale cooking may be substituted for one year of experience.
One year as a Cook 1 in State service.

In addition to the above;
Ability to:
·         cook a variety of foods
·         follow written and oral instructions
·         write clearly, factually, and concisely
·         read, understand, estimate quantities and follow recipes with minimal waste
·         effectively communicate verbally
·         schedule and organize daily work
·         operate and demonstrate the safe handling and operation of kitchen equipment, e.g., mixers, ovens, choppers, slicers, grills, steam kettles
·         maintain security, order and discipline of offenders supervised
·         role model appropriate behavior to offenders
·         coach, train, and provide constructive feedback to offenders in general kitchen cleaning practices
Knowledge of:
·         a variety of foods
·         alternate food preparation methods i.e., cook/chill and cook/freeze
·         basic arithmetic, e.g., adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
·         food service practices, food preparation and production methods, and procedures
·         food service record keeping
·         HACCP protocols, practices and tools for food service
Understanding of:
·         weights and measures and differentiate between applications
·         rethermalization of food process/procedures
Cook 1 (In-Training)
One year of experience in food preparation or cooking. Completion of course in large scale cooking may be substituted for experience.
Note: Employees in these positions are required to furnish and maintain a food and beverage service workers permit through the local health department.

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 Karla Stewart or call at (509) 867-5853. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.