Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Facility Cook

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Safety
  • Salary: $42,305.92 - $51,405.77 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is now hiring food service professionals. Multiple positions available!

Starting salary up to$24.63/hourly* ($51,405/yearly), plus a $600/month cash allowance, and a competitive compensation package, including:

  • Premium pay of5%/hour, in addition to the hourly pay rate, forhours worked in theMain Adult Detention Facility (MADF)/North County Detention facility (NCDF)
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Join the Sheriff's Office Family

Do you have experience cooking with industrial-sized equipment in large facilities, and:
  • Are willing to work alongside inmates, provide them guidance, andexercise your leadership skills?
  • Come to work with a positive attitude, work with confidence, and know how to be a team player?
If you answered "Yes"to these questions, than the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office wants you on their team!

Adult Detention Facility Cooks provide a valuable service to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.Whether it is cooking andserving large quantities of nutritious food, preparingspecial meals for medically-restricted diets,and/orcreating new recipes or meal plans for staff meals/events - workingat the County provides a variety of challenges that will help you advance your culinary expertise.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office offers the opportunity to become a member of a strong work familythat makes a differencein ourcommunity. For additional information about our community andthe serviceswe provide,please visit and the Sheriff's Office website .

Note: Cooks are required to lift, push, and pull heavy equipment and supplies. Additionally, theymay work for long periods of time, while standing, under conditions of high temperature. As a condition of employment, individuals are required to undergo and maintain a Sheriff's Office background clearance, and must be willing to work all shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) . The Civil Service title for this position is Cook.This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment .


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 and should 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-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination.Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical, and physical examinations are also part of this process. 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. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.

You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Please read the Sheriff's Office Pre-Employment Drug Use Guidelines for further information.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . 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. 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: RR

Job Address

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