Detention Kitchen Cook

  • Missoula, Montana
  • Jun 30, 2022
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Safety

Job Description


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Performs work in an institutional kitchen to provide meals for inmates at the Missoula County Detention Center. Oversees inmate workers in a secure facility.

Representative Examples of Work

Prepares food and ensures meals are delivered in a timely manner. Records detailed information regarding: time of meals, meal content, number of meals served, and food temperature. Has direct contact with inmate workers; provides instruction on proper food handling and preparation; facilitates cooperation among inmate workers to ensure kitchen safety. Tracks and logs inmate activities; ensures schedules of inmate activities are completed.
Oversees inmate workers to ensure worker and staff safety in a hazardous work environment; supervises handling of knives and other kitchen implements that could be used as weapons. Monitors kitchen for evidence of restricted activities as outline in the inmate rule manual and detention center policy. Follows approved menus to ensure prepared meals comply with State regulations, medical orders, nutritional and other required standards. Oversees inmate workers assigned to kitchen duty; documents infractions and refers to kitchen supervisor or manager.
Oversees kitchen clean up. Complies with standards of cleanliness and health regulations and follows safety and security measures in the kitchen including daily inventory of knives and utensils. May receive deliveries. Ensures food and supplies are handled and stored properly. May operate a forklift to store and retrieve food product and supplies. Performs related work as required or directed.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires high school graduation or GED. Graduation from a culinary arts program or an equivalent food prep/cook training program desired. Requires one year of experience in meal planning and food preparation in a high-volume setting.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must pass an extensive background investigation. Requires a valid Montana drivers' license.

Physical/Environmental Demands

Requires physical exertion such as bending, walking, standing for long periods. Occasionally lifts items (case goods, filled kettles and roasting pans) weighing up to 60 pounds. May operate a forklift to move pallets. Requires the use of safety precautions with kitchen equipment. May work under stressful conditions and must be able to maintain professional and courteous behavior with all contacts. Work with inmates in a hazardous institutional kitchen environment involves some inherent risk of injury.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Missoula, Montana United States View Map