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Recruitment #21-FG5-EE



LAST DATE TO APPLY: Continuous - Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This recruitment may close once a sufficient number of qualifying applications have been received. At this time, the positions have been furloughed by 7.5%.

THE JOB: Under general supervision, the person in this position is responsible for preparing, cooking and serving attractive and nutritious meals for residents and employees of a County Correctional Facility (Jail or Juvenile Hall); caring for equipment, utensils, supplies and work areas; supervising inmate workers; and does other work as required. The current vacancy is for extra-help (temporary) employment. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future full-time, part-time, substitute and extra-help temporary positions during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

                        One year of experience cooking meals in a large institutional or commercial kitchen.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License (upon appointment). Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation. Special Working Conditions: Exposure to the possibility of burns and/or bodily injury; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; variable temperatures; electrical hazards; insect bites or stings; chemical irritants; high levels of noise; and potentially hostile inmates. Other Special Working Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays and on an emergency, as needed basis.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of methods and equipment used to care for, prepare, cook and serve food in an institutional setting or commercial kitchen; kitchen sanitation and safety measures; and operation, cleaning and care of utensils, equipment and work areas.

Ability to: Prepare, cook and serve a variety of attractive and nutritious meals in large quantities; assure adequate food is prepared to feed the daily population; train and direct the work of inmates assigned as kitchen helpers; understand and follow recipes and written and oral instructions; keep simple records; work cooperatively with others; lift items weighing up to 60 pounds from floor level, such as boxes of produce; practice security measures; work alone for long periods; and stand and walk for long periods with intermittent breaks


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: This recruitment is for extra-help (temporary) employment that is of limited duration. Extra-help employees are used for employment on short-term projects; on a seasonal basis to meet recurrent work peaks; employment on an as-needed basis to meet peak workload, emergency, or other unusual situations. Extra-help employees cannot work more than 999 hours in a fiscal year and are covered by Social Security.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

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