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Cook- Sheriff's Institutions

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Job Description:


$53,956.23 - $64,352.17 Annually


County of Santa Barbara - All locations, CA

Job Type




Job Number

23-1877-01 (O)


To learn more information about the Sheriff's Office,
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We are accepting applications to fill current and future vacancies in All Locations for the Sheriff's Office.

Vacancies: The established employment list will be used to fill vacancies at All Locations in the Sheriff's Office Custody Jail Facilities, which includes Santa Barbara Main Jail and the future Santa Maria Jail (separate lists for different locations will not be established). Incumbents must be willing to accept an assignment at any Custody Jail Facility throughout Santa Barbara County. Applicant must check "All Locations" on the application agency wide question and supplemental questionnaire.

POSITION: Under general supervision, coordinates the preparation, cooking and serving of meals for large groups of people in a central jail kitchen; trains and oversees a crew of inmates assigned to work in the kitchen; and performs related duties as required. Food services is responsible for meal preparation of over 3,000 meals a day, 7 days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The position is responsible for limited cooking in an oversight capacity, assigning, and instructing up to 25 inmates to do specific tasks that include slicing meat, making salads, staff cook, making special diet meals, kitchen helper, dishwashers, making sandwiches, and directed to other assignments as necessary. This requires checking with each inmate that they are following instructions and doing assignments correctly. WORK SCHEDULE: This position requires shift work, days and /or nights, including weekends and holidays (e.g. Thanksgiving and Christmas). Shift schedules include - nights 4 days/10 hours and day shift at 12 hours with rotating days. Night shift qualifies for shift differential pay at .75 cents per hour for regularly assigned night shift work.
County of Santa Barbara Employee Benefits and Compensation

Benefits and Wellness Plans-Medical/Dental/Vision CLICK HERE
Compensation Summary CLICK HERE.
Retirement Plans: CLICK HERE

Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.Holidays: 12 days per year. Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement. Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium. On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 15.
Uniform Allowance: $5-$10 bi-weekly
Shift Differential Pay: 75 cents per hour for regularly assigned night shift work
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate. Ideal Candidate will possess:* Reputation for honesty and trustworthiness* Good moral character
* Credibility
* Integrity
* Dependable
* Good judgment under pressure
* Ability to converse fluently in English and Spanish is desirable.Disqualifiers
* An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction for an offense in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
* Currently on Probation or Parole
* Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how recent
* Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
* Recent drug use; failure to reveal prior use will be disqualifying
* Unfavorable work history
* History of committing domestic violence
* Recent use of marijuana may be disqualifying
* Illegal possession of marijuana
Examples of Duties

  • Trains and oversees a crew of inmates assigned to prepare, cook, and serve meals and clean kitchen and dining area; estimates food requirements and instructs inmates in the preparation of quality meals.
  • Coordinates the work of the crew to complete adequate food preparation and serving at the allotted times.
  • Observes the work of inmates in the kitchen, and instructs inmates in kitchen safety practices and more efficient work methods;
  • Observes and enforces security procedures; assesses the attitude and temperament of inmates; reports disciplinary and security problems to Corrections staff.
    Employment Standards
  • One year of experience cooking and preparing meals for large groups (e.g., 100 persons at a time), and training and supervising food preparation assistants (3 or more); or,

  • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
    Knowledge of: the methods and procedures of quantity food preparation; kitchen sanitation and safe food storage practices; use and care of cooking equipment and utensils; kitchen safety; and basic math.

    Ability to: prepare quantities of food required with a minimum of waste; assign and review work, and provide training to kitchen workers; prepare tasty food, and serve it attractively; maintain kitchen, dining area, kitchen utensils, and equipment in a sanitary manner; communicate clearly to provide directions to kitchen help; organize and prioritize work assignments; make simple arithmetic computations; read and understand memos and directives from superiors; keep simple records; prepare and serve food in an allotted time and on schedule; maintain effective working relationships with inmates and staff; complete skilled quantity cooking with a minimum of supervision; understand and follow written and oral instructions; and write simple memos using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Willingness and ability to work weekends, holidays, and shifts is required
  • Incumbent may be required to lift heavy objects up to 50 pounds
  • Appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period.
    Desirable Qualifications:
    • Cooking experience in an institutional setting is desirable
      Supplemental Information
      1. Application and Supplemental Questionnaire review to determine applicants meets the employment standards.
      2. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): Qualified candidates will be emailed a notice to complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). Candidates who successfully pass the PHQ, will be invited to the next step in the selection process. Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline or pass the PHQ will result in disqualification from continuance in the recruitment.

      3. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be determined by responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than fourteen qualified candidates.
      Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Supplemental Questionnaire to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list. Human Resources will notify you by mail if your name is removed.Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

      Disaster Service Worker: The County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

      COVID-19 Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution. Statement of CommitmentThe County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION PROCESS:
      The Sheriff's Office conducts a polygraph examination and in-depth background investigation. If you feel your past may hinder your future from working for the Sheriff's Office or you are not sure how to answer the Personal History Questionnaire, please contact Human Resources at (805) 681-4270 for questions or assistance.

      Appointee must successfully pass the following:
      Polygraph Examination will measure the accuracy of information disclosed during the background investigation process.

      Background Investigation includes an interview and in-depth background investigation of police records, personal, military, and employment histories; inquiry of persons who know you and evaluate whether you respect the law and rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants; are honest; and is a safe driver.

      APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at

      For any recruitment questions, please contact Sheriff's Recruiter, Ms. Ryan at

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