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On Call Cook AC

at State of Washington

Pay: $19.18 to $24.94/hour
$19.18 - $24.94
Posted: 3/15/2020
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 2553228

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



Note: This recruitment will be used to fill on-call vacancies that occur
The Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated and qualified individual's for the position of (On-Call) Cook AC, this recruitment is opened until filled. This position is located at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, Washington. 
The Department of Corrections, as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. The Department consists of the Office of the Secretary, Prisons Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Services Division, and Health Services. The Department employs over 7,600 staff and has a biennial budget of approximately $1.6 billion.
WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN is a 62.6-acre facility located approximately two miles from Gig Harbor. The site includes living units, administration buildings, a health clinic, education buildings, a gymnasium, a chapel, industries buildings, food service buildings, and support facilities.
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. 


  • Participate in the preparation and service of all food on a shift.
  • Perform mathematical calculations, e.g., adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
  • Ensure adherence to appropriate portion control protocols.
  • Ensure appropriate quality standards are met and the adequate quantity has been prepared.
  • Follow basic safety practices and preclude hazards and accidents.
  • Maintain and track knife and tool inventory.
  • Supervise and instruct offenders in general cooking, baking, meat cutting, and food preparation and service.
  • Supervise, train, and instruct offenders in general food services practices.
  • Supervise and train offenders in preparing special diets (medical or religious). Preparing and setting up satellite trays or carts and serving lines.
  • Supervise, coach, instruct, train, and provide constructive feedback to offenders in the safe handling, operation, care, use and cleaning of kitchen equipment such as mixers, slicers, grills, steam kettles.
  • In accordance with policy, train offenders in the preparation and serving of food, hygiene, Hazard Analysis, and Critical Control Points (HACCP), use and care of equipment, and safety hazards (HAZMAT).
  • Perform inventory and reporting tasks.
  • Maintain and organize accurate food inventories, and rotate stock items.
  • Complete, monitor, and maintain HACCP logs.
  • Prepare work orders and equipment repair orders.
  • Additional Duties as assigned.


A high school diploma or equivalent and the successful completion of a culinary arts program at an accredited community college or vocational technical school.
A high school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience as a cook in large-scale food operation, where at least 300 meals are prepared per day, e.g., institutions, restaurants, schools, and hospitals.
The 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
  • Supervise, coach, train, and provide constructive feedback to offenders in general kitchen operational 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
Observation- Observes and strategizes personal action based on environmental conditions and human behavior.
TechnologyLearns and utilizes computer based applications in the performance of job duties.
Stress Tolerance- Remains calm and rational while handling difficult situations including, but not limited to, volatile, threatening, or other crisis/emergency situations.
Professional Standards- Knows and applies relevant law, policy, procedure, and practice. Adheres to productivity standards and timelines established by law and policy. Identifies own training needs and proactively seeks training opportunities.
Adaptability- Incorporates new information into an existing framework of understanding. Accepts change and supports Agency through changes in law, policy and procedure.

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



Provide a minimum of three (3) professional references with your application. The Department of Corrections defines a professional reference 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. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position.


Your answers to the supplemental questions MUST be supported by the work experience section in your application, or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the "Work Experience" section of your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) Meet the minimum qualifications of the job, and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions.

Only complete applications will be considered. Please ensure the application is complete, with employer and supervisor addresses and telephone numbers; and that all other blocks of information are complete, to include salary and the reason for leaving prior employment. Incomplete applications may eliminate the candidate from further consideration.

All DOC Employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.

Employees work with offenders 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. Applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration.

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 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 included in 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 men and women 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 are 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, diversity, 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 e-mail Crystal Wargo at or call us at (253) 858-4675. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388