COOK 2 (or Cook 1 – in-training) State of Washington Dept. of Corrections State of Washington Dept. of Corrections 283 reviews


Cook 2 or Cook 1 (in-training)
Reynolds Work Release
Seattle, WA

The salary listed for this position does not include the 5% premium pay for positions based in King County.

In addition, Department of Correction offers free ORCA card to all employees who are permanently assigned work in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The Department of Corrections, Reentry Division-Work Release, is seeking highly motivated and qualified individual to fill one full time Cook 2 or Cook 1 (in-training) position at the Reynolds Work Release which is located in Downtown Seattle, WA.

Must be available to work days, weekends and holidays. Must be available to work when coverage is needed to maintain operations

Depending on qualifications, the selected candidate may be appointed at the Cook 1 (in-training) level or directly at the Cook 2 level.
Salary Information:
Cook 1: $2864 – $3294 per month
Cook 2: $3067 – $3535 per month
The Reynolds Work Release is a 99 bed facility that houses male offenders. Programming opportunities include chemical dependency, anger/stress management, Moral Recognition Therapy, Home Free, Getting It Right, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous. Various treatment programs are also available in the community.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

Application Process
In order to be considered for this position, please apply directly at this announcement. As part of a complete application package you must:

  • Provide a complete work history.
  • Include three (3) professional references on your application. See Supplemental Information section of this posting for an explanation of who meets the definition of a professional reference. (Phone number and e-mail address are required for each professional reference)
    For additional information about DOC, please visit our website:

This position contributes to the agency's mission to improve public safety by planning, ordering, preparing and providing the offender population at Reynolds Work Release with nutritionally appropriate quality meals that meet the recommended daily allowance as specified in the Department's certified meal plan. Meals for up to 100 offenders are prepared and served in a timely manner in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations and within budgetary requirements.

Duties include:
  • Participate in the preparation and service of all food on a shift
  • Prepare special diets as required
  • Follow basic safety practices to preclude hazards and accidents
  • Ensures safe and secure operations
  • Instruct residents in general food services cleaning practices
  • Perform inventory and reporting tasks
  • Maintain and organize accurate food inventories and rotate stock items
  • Other tasks or duties not listed above

To qualify at the Cook 1 (in-training)level you must have:

  • One year of experience in food preparation or cooking. Completion of course in large scale cooking may be substituted for experience.

Note: Employees in these positions are required to possess and maintain a current Food Handlers permit through the local health department.

This position has an in-training option and may be filled at the Cook 1 level with a one-year training plan. If appointed as a Cook 1, the employee will be required to successfully complete a twelve-month in-training plan before advancing to a trial service Cook 2.

The entire in-training appointment is designated as the probation or trial service period. The probation/trial service period and in-training program will run concurrently. Upon successful completion of the training requirements, the employee will advance to the Cook 2 level and will continue with a six-month trial service period. At the successful completion of the trial service period, the employee shall gain permanent status at the Cook 2 level. Permanent status will not be gained at the Cook 1 level.

To qualify at the Cook 2 level you must have:

  • Two years' cooking experience in a large-scale food service or culinary operation. Completion of course in large-scale cooking may be substituted for one year of experience

  • One year as a Cook 1 in State Service

Note: Employees in these positions are required to possess and maintain a current Food Handlers permit through the local health department.

In addition to the above;
Ability to:
  • cook a variety of foods.
  • follow written and oral instructions.
  • write clearly, factually, and concisely.
  • read, understand, estimate quantities and follow recipes with minimal waste.
  • effectively communicate verbally.
  • schedule and organize daily work.
  • operate and demonstrate the safe handling and operation of kitchen equipment, e.g., mixers, ovens, choppers, slicers, grills, steam kettles.
  • maintain security, order and discipline of offenders supervised.
  • role model appropriate behavior to offenders.
  • coach, train, and provide constructive feedback to offenders in general kitchen operational practices.

Knowledge of:

  • a variety of foods.
  • alternate food preparation methods i.e., cook/chill and cook/freeze.
  • basic arithmetic, e.g., adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
  • food service practices, food preparation and production methods, and procedures
  • food service record keeping.
  • HACCP protocols, practices and tools for food service.

Understanding of:

  • weights and measures and differentiate between applications.
  • rethermalization of food process/procedures.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Successful completion of classes relating to food safety and food service sanitation.
  • Ability to problem solve on short notice.

How To Apply

To begin the online application process:

  • Click the green 'Apply' button on the job posting and sign in or create an account.
  • Complete your application.
  • Click "Accept & Submit" to submit your application.

Please ensure your application is complete
including current/previous employer with address, telephone number and supervisor's name and that all other blocks of information are complete to include the reason for leaving prior employment. Applications that are incomplete, may not receive further consideration.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questionnaire. All answers are verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this requisition. A thorough reference check will be conducted for final applicants.

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety by positively changing lives.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit


  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application
    . A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.

  • Phone number
    AND email address are required for all professional references.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • This position may include in a Union Shop.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email [email protected] or call us at (206) 516-7739. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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