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Supplemental Questions Correctional Cook

Positions now available with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department! Current and future vacancies located in Banning, Indio, and Riverside.

•Medical and Dental Insurance •Retirement Benefits •Up to 4 Weeks Vacation Per Year •12 Paid Holidays Each Year •Competitive Salary

$10,000.00 Hiring Bonus*!

We are recruiting for current, and future, vacancies in Riverside, Banning, and Indio.

The County of Riverside is looking for a few highly experienced cooks, capable of running a large industrial kitchen and prepare several hundred meals in a fast-paced environment. In this position, you will gain supervisory experience as well as valuable experience maintaining and running an industrial sized kitchen.

Finally, the County offers a $10,000.00, hiring bonus to incumbents who have successfully completed a background investigation conducted by the Sheriff's Department and accepts an offer of employment (please follow the link above for more details).

If you are interested in this great opportunity, please submit your resume using the 'Apply Now,' link above.

Work Environment: Work inside a correctional facility with exposure to inmates; extremes in temperature; heavy machinery, fire, heat, cleaning chemicals, slippery surfaces, noise and vibration, steam and hot water, cramped areas, and electrical appliances. Sometimes, food transportation by truck will be required.

Physical requirements: To perform the essential duties of this position, applicants must be able to perform physical tasks such as frequent lifting over 50 pounds, carrying objects weighing over 25 lbs; frequent bending, stooping, squatting or crawling. The position requires long periods of standing/walking, and the ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably.

This is the experienced working level class in the Cook-Detention series. Incumbents work without immediate supervision and are required to perform the full range of cooking assignments. Positions are responsible for the preparation of food for assigned shifts, while supervising lower level food service personnel, inmates, or juveniles in semi-skilled kitchen tasks.

Please review your resume and ensure that you have included both month and year for the start date and end date of each position you previously held. Please offer explanations for any gap in employment (e.g. 1/2000 – 1/2005 stay at home mom/dad).
 EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:• Prepares, cooks, and seasons soups, meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, desserts, and other foods; substitutes meals when scheduled food supplies are not available.

• Assists in ordering, receiving, checking, and storing foods and supplies.

• Supervises food service workers, inmates, or juveniles assisting in food preparation, serving, and cleaning of kitchen facilities and equipment; maintains the security of the kitchen area and enforces disciplinary measures when needed; instructs and trains food service workers, inmates, or juveniles in the operation of equipment used in semi-skilled kitchen tasks.

• May perform meat cutting and baking duties.

• Prepares routine records and reports; will be required to work various shifts when other cooks are not available.

• May prepare and submit documented incident reports.

Job Requirements

Experience: One year of large quantity cooking, and baking, experience in an institutional, military, large commercial kitchen, or similar setting which has developed skills in measuring and mixing ingredients according to recipes and number of persons to be served. Please note: For the purposes of this recruitment, 'Large quantity cooking experience' is defined as regular experience preparing, from scratch, entire meals (protein, starch, and vegetables) for 350 or more people with little to no assistance.


Experience: One year of experience in food service work within a detention facility that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities below.


Experience: Two years of experience in food service work in an institutional, military, or large commercial kitchen or similar setting that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities below.

Knowledge of: The practices, methods, and equipment used in preparing, cooking, baking, and serving food in large quantities; behavior of persons in detention facilities; sanitation methods in cleaning and caring or equipment; storing and inventorying large quantities of food; common weights and measures; occupational hazards and safety precautions of kitchen areas and equipment.

Ability to: Prepare, cook, bake, and coordinate cooking processes so that nutritional meals are prepared and served on time; guide and instruct inmates and juveniles in semi-skilled food preparation, service, and cleaning tasks; read and understand recipes, labels, and instructions for food preparation; perform basic mathematical operations to determine the proportions of ingredients with a minimum of waste; cut, slice, and grind meat and poultry; follow oral and written directions; maintain personal cleanliness and neatness; maintain effective working relationships with inmates and juveniles; maintain effective security of kitchen equipment and utensils; prepare routine records and reports.

Shifts: Selected candidates must be able to work weekends and some holidays, as well as be available for shift rotations as follows: 2:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.; 10:00 A.M – 7:30 P.M.; and 6:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
 SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:To be considered for this position please submit your resume on-line using the 'apply now' link at the beginning of this job posting.

Only candidates that meet the recruiting guidelines above will be considered

Offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a thorough background investigation conducted by the Sheriff's Department. The background consist of the following:

(1) Selected applicants will be required to fill out a background packet.
(2) Extensive Background Investigation; (a) Interview with Investigator, (b) Livescan, (c) Polygraph Examination
(3) Medical Examination

We may, depending on the response we receive, close this recruitment or extend it as needed. The 'end date' posted above is subject to change without notice.

With specific questions regarding this recruitment, contact Cameron Hacker at 951-955-5463.

Read this posting for special application instructions. Unless otherwise stated, use our resume builder to submit your resume, or select 'Apply' on this page. For specific questions regarding this position, contact Sheriff Recruiter at 888-564-6773.

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment physical exam, including a drug/alcohol test, and a criminal background investigation, including fingerprinting. (A felony or misdemeanor conviction may disqualify the applicant from County employment).

Required Probationary Period - As an Approved Local Merit System, the County of Riverside requires all new regular or seasonal employees to serve an initial probationary period, the duration of which is indicated in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, County Resolution, or Salary Ordinance. Temporary and Per Diem employees serve at the pleasure of the agency/department head.

The County of Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the County of Riverside to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non job-related factor.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS - The County of Riverside is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter for the position noted above. For additional information and/or to obtain the appropriate form for requesting a reasonable accommodation , please visit the Disability Access Office web page located at:

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Retail
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Government - Civil Service
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 794614
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