Cook AC – Forks, WA


Cook AC
Olympic Corrections Center (OCC)

On-Call Position with the possibility of full-time permanent as vacancies occur

The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Cook AC (adult corrections) at OCC.

Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) is a 381 bed male facility located near the Hoh Rainforest. This facility houses minimum security offenders and offers Treatment, Work and Vocational Programs to help ready incarcerated individuals to transition back into the community. OCC also has outside work crews to serve the community as well as fire crews that work alongside Department of Natural Resource employees.

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 incarcerated individuals can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.


The Cook AC directs the preparation and service of food by incarcerated individuals in a correctional facility in support of the Department of Corrections’ incarcerated individual food service program.

Responsibilities include supervising, training, and instructing incarcerated individuals in general food service practices, including the preparation, cooking, and serving of food as well as teaching incarcerated individuals proper goods receipt and storage. The Cook AC also instructs incarcerated individuals in sanitation procedures and the safe operation, care, use, and cleaning of kitchen equipment. Other key duties include maintaining and organizing food inventories, rotating stock items to prevent spoilage, determining appropriate quantities of goods to meet menu requirements, and maintaining security in the distribution of food supplies and equipment.


A high school diploma or equivalent and the successful completion of a culinary arts program at an accredited community college or vocational technical school.
A high school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience as a cook in a large-scale food operation, where at least 300 complete meals are prepared per day.
Two years of experience in a supervisory capacity
Equivalent education/experience.

Special Note: Employees in these positions are required to furnish and maintain a food and beverage service workers permit through the local health department.

Supplemental Information

‘The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.’

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 be represented by 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, genders, sexual orientations, 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, gender expression, 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 (360) 374-7009. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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