Juvenile Hall / Probation Camp Cook – Extra-Help

Sonoma County, CA
September 7, 2020
Santa Rosa, CA
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Position Information

Are you a food service professional seeking a new challenge?

Come join us and make up to $24.63 an hour* as a
Juvenile Hall and/or Probation Camp Cook - Extra-Help
*Salary is negotiable within the established range.

In Juvenile Hall, Cooks are responsible for the overall preparation and cooking of food in large quantities and the service of one or more of the daily meals served.They develop new recipes and meal plans, and may preparespecial meals for medically-restricted diets and special menus for other catering needs of the Probation Department.

Additionally, Cooks:

  • Servemeals and refreshments for catered functions
  • Deliver food to housing units
  • Adjust recipes accordingly based on population
  • Operate kitchen equipment such as steam kettles, ovens, broilers, grills, meat slicers, etc., and adjust thermostat controls to regulate temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, androasters
  • May provide training to staff
  • Are responsible for dishwashing and general cleanliness of the kitchen

The ideal Juvenile Hall candidate will possess:

  • Extensive experience cooking with industrial-sized equipment in large facilities
  • Experience preparing meals for special dietary needs
  • Successful completion of courses in institutional food preparation

Probation Camp is located in Forestville. The facility includes a fully functional, modern kitchen and has the capacity to provide non-secure residential housing for up to 24 youths. The cook at Probation Camp coordinates, and participates in the obtaining, preparation, cooking, and presentation of standard and therapeutic foods for youth; supervises and instructs youth in the culinary program, and menu development.

The ideal Probation Camp candidate will have experience:

  • Preparing menus that will appeal to children and youth
  • Meeting nutritional guidelines and special dietary needs of individuals
  • Performing catering events
  • Working with youth

Possession of a Food Safety Professionals Certificate, or the ability to obtain one, is highly desirable.

Cooks in Juvenile Hall do not work directly with the youth in custody. Cooks at Probation Camp are responsible for working/teaching/coaching the youth in the facility.

We are recruiting to fill multiple extra-help (intermittent) Juvenile Hall and Probation Camp Cookpositionsin theProbation Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.The Civil Service title for this position is Cook.

Extra-Help Employment

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations.Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: The ability to speak, read and write English and make simple arithmetical calculations commensurate with the knowledge and abilities listed. Successful completion of special courses in institutional food preparation is highly desirable.

Experience: Any combination of experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of recent experience in the preparation and cooking of a variety of foods in a large-scale institutional or commercial setting, such as a medium sized hospital or detention facility, would provide such opportunity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: the methods, procedures and equipment involved in the large scale preparation of foods; the health and safety hazards in institutional food preparation; the necessary safety precautions.

Some knowledge of: the basic principles and practices of dietetics and nutrition.

Ability to: follow detailed oral and written instructions; prepare and cook food in large quantities; prepare modified diet items; supervise the work of assigned staff and inmates; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, inmates or wards, supervisors and staff of other departments; work early morning shifts, evenings, holidays and weekends; work for long periods of time while standing and under conditions of high temperature; lift, push and pull heavy equipment and supplies; make simple arithmetical calculations; operate kitchen equipment.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


It is the policy of law enforcement/legal offices and departments, in the County of Sonoma, that job candidates complete a thorough background investigation process prior to employment.This policy is imperative in order to keep the department's employees and the public safe, and to maintain high standards in the law enforcement community. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

The background investigation will include a thorough assessment of a candidate's personal, employment, educational, criminal, and credit history. The investigation may include, but is not necessarily limited to: use of prescription and/or other drugs, reports from former employers, friends, family members, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, credit reports, court reports, public records search, and/or other relevant sources. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment.

All candidates will be required to take a pre-employment medical examination. The pre-employment medical examination will include drug testing as part of the medical examination for all applicants and for all current employees who are offered employment with the Offices/Departments. Additionally, candidates may be required to take a pre-employment psychological examination.The results of these examinations and the background investigation shall be confidential and shall not be available to the candidate for review. Failure to pass the background investigation will eliminate a candidate from the employment process. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Issues that arise during the investigation process will be assessed, and judgment and discretion will be used to determine the employability of the candidate. Where there is evidence of a candidate's past use of controlled substances, many factors shall be used to determine the employability of the individual such as pattern of use, kind of drug used, circumstances of the start of the drug use, treatment, behavior and attitude since discontinuance, etc. Please note that a history of using controlled substances does not result in automatic disqualification from the selection process. Prior to disqualifying any candidate whose profile falls within the provisions of the policy, the candidate shall be given the opportunity to present any and all evidence of mitigating facts which the candidate feels should be considered by the hiring authority.


Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: MN
HR Technician: AC

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