Assistant Cook I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Mar 30, 2019
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services
  • Salary: $26,499.20 - $35,401.60 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


This recruitment is being conducted to fill full-time and part-time vacancies for the Stanislaus County Probation Department andto establishan eligiblelist to fill future full-timeand part-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately, as this recruitment may close at any time.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive a custodial facility assignment pay of ten percent (10%) in addition to theirregular salary.The custodial facility assignment pay shall be prorated on a minimum eight (8) hour shift basis.Employees in this classification may also be eligible to receive shift differential pay of five percent (5%) or seven-and-one-half percent (7.5%).

The tentative schedule for testing in 2019 is as follows:

Please note these dates are tentative and subject to change. You will be notified whether or not you are invited to each testing event at least five (5) days prior to the actual test date.

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.


Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the featured industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.


The Stanislaus County Probation Department serves as an integral component of the community and the criminal justice system by providingadult and youth offender community supervision, accountability, rehabilitation, education,life skillsprogramming, and direct services that support families and victims.In addition, the Departmentoperates safe and secure youth custodial facilities, andoffersa variety ofpositive behavioral conditioning, counseling therapy, job skills, and alternatives to custody programs.

The Department consists of four divisions: Adult Field Services, Juvenile Field Services, Institution Services, and Support Services with over286 allocated administration, support, and sworn peace officer positions with an operational budget of $55 million.


The Assistant Cook I is the entry-level classification in this series and performs the routine, lesser skilled tasks within the food service operation of the Department. This individual works under immediate supervision, assists in the preparation and service of food to staff and inmates, and cleans kitchen utensils, equipment and work areas. This position is also subject to overtime, standby, callback, shift, weekend and holiday assignments, and performs related duties as assigned.

The Assistant Cook II functions in a lead capacity and performs a variety of tasks within the food service operation of the Department. This individual assists in the preparation and service of food to staff and inmates and provides training to the Assistant Cook I. The Level II also maintains records, and reviews and interprets documentation. This position is also subject to overtime, standby, callback, shift, weekend and holiday assignments, andperforms related duties as assigned.

Candidates considered for employment will be subjected to a rigorous background investigation to determine qualifications, fitness and good moral character to work in this job classification.

Typical Tasks

  • Clean and prepare vegetables and fruits;
  • Operate kitchen equipment, including microwave, coffee machines, blenders, mixers and meat slicers;
  • Prepare sandwiches, coffee, custards and gelatins;
  • Serve food in a cafeteria setting;
  • Prepare meals in accordance with the therapeutic diet manual;
  • Perform a variety of cleaning and custodial work, such as washing dishes, pots, pans and kitchen utensils; load, unload, operate and clean dishwasher, and mop floors; clean and sanitize all kitchen surfaces, refrigerator walls and floors, and dispose of garbage in compactor or dumpsters;
  • Store, rotate, and distribute food and supplies;
  • Prepare and serve between-meal nourishment; and
  • Transport food to appropriate destinations, which may require loading and unloading.


  • Confer with Food Service Supervisor regarding duties, standards, procedures and other matters relating to food service;
  • Check menus for all meals according to diet sheet, update cardex, and explain special diets to cooks;
  • Prepare daily tallies of food orders and records on production sheet;
  • Check trays that have been filled on tray line for attractiveness and accurate compliance with instructions on diet sheets;
  • Load trays on carts to be taken to destination;
  • Assist in staff scheduling and instruction regarding proper methods of performing duties, proper operation of kitchen equipment, arrangement and appointment of food on trays, and sanitation and safety standards; designated in charge of all Food Service Operations in the absence of the Food Service Director, Food Service Supervisor or Dietitian;
  • Provide Food Service Supervisor with input for Assistant Cook I evaluations;
  • Assist with cook/chill kettle, in bakery, prep room and with catering events; and
  • Fill in for Assistant Cook I where necessary.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)



  • Follow simple verbal and written instructions;
  • Read English in a manner sufficient to understand instructions regarding therapeutic diets, production work sheets and recipes;
  • Work for long periods of time under fluctuating temperature conditions;
  • Lift, carry and/or push supplies and equipment weighing a maximum of 50 pounds;
  • Maintain a composed and professional attitude while working with patients, inmates and others in a secure and orderly fashion;
  • Learn the methods and procedures involved in the large scale preparation of food and special or modified diets;
  • Utilize and handle kitchen equipment rapidly and efficiently;
  • Work with various cleaning supplies;
  • Prepare, arrange and serve large quantities of food in an appetizing and attractive manner;
  • Lift, bend, stoop, stand and reach overhead; push, pull, squat, twist and turn;
  • Learn to use a pallet jack; and
  • Properly measure and record food amounts.

ASSISTANT COOK II - Skills/abilities noted for Assistant Cook I, plus
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Write simple reports relating to inmate diet needs and maintain production records;
  • Physically operate a variety of kitchen equipment; and
  • Deliver inventory to outlying facilities.



  • Methods, procedures, materials and equipment involved in the large scale preparation and storage of food;
  • Use and care of kitchen utensils and equipment;
  • Principles and practices of sanitation and personal hygiene as applied to food preparation and service, cleaning of kitchen equipment, utensils, walls and floors;
  • Principles and practices of safety as related to cleaning food preparation and service;
  • Basic math skills sufficient to maintain a simple inventory and make calculations for amount of food to prepare; and
  • Proper temperatures regarding preparation and service of food.

ASSISTANT COOK II - Knowledge listed for Assistant Cook I, plus
  • Nutrition and dietetics necessary for basic menu planning and special needs diets;
  • Maintain inventory records and properly measure food amounts and compute caloric content;
  • Principles and practices of sanitation, personal hygiene and safety as applied to food preparation and service; and
  • Operation of kitchen equipment such as dishwasher, ovens, compactor, coffee machines, blenders, meat slicer and mixers.



  • High school graduate or General Educational Development (GED) equivalency; AND
  • Pass a thorough background investigation; AND
  • No felony convictions. Must be of good moral character and must not have been convicted of a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment in a Federal penitentiary or State prison.

Assistant Cook I is a Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification.For more information, please click on the followinglink:

  • One (1) year of experience working in a large food/dietary service department in an institutional facility; AND
  • No felony convictions. Must be of good moral character and must not have been convicted of a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment in a Federal penitentiary or State prison.

  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening may focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.

  • One (1) year experience as a Cook in an institutional setting (school, hospital, or correctional facility).

Application and Selection Procedures


Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to theCrafts/Maintenance Institutional bargaining unitfor labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application.


  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening *if applicable and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management."


Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgivenessprogram for full-time public sector employees (PSLF) by contacting (866) 706-5005.


Learn more about Club Wellness, a program designed to facilitate and encourage the good health of the Stanislaus County workforce.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/Human Resources.

Closing Date/Time: 11/1/2019 5:00 PM Pacific