Detention Facility Cook

  • County of Yolo
  • Woodland, California
  • May 11, 2021
Nutrition and Food Services Public Safety

Job Description


The County of Yolo is currently recruiting for the class of Detention Facility Cook at the Yolo County Sheriff's Office. This position will be assigned to work in the secure area on the campus of the Sheriff's Office located in Woodland. Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application and responses to supplemental questions by the final filing date. Submitted applications will be reviewed on a regular basis, and the applications of qualified individuals will be forwarded to the Sheriff's Office for additional consideration.

For important and detailed information regarding the application and selection process for this recruitment, please see the APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS section of this job announcement below.

Under general supervision, the incumbent will cook and assist in the preparation of meals in a detention facility; assist in the preparation, cooking, and service of food for special diets; oversee inmates that are assisting in the kitchen; write memos and reports; and perform other related duties as required.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical of those performed by the incumbent in this classification; however, other duties may also be required:
  • Prepares and assists in the preparation of vegetables, salads, desserts, meats, and bakery goods.
  • Assures that the immediate work area and equipment is kept clean and in good working order.
  • Oversees the work of inmates and assists in clean-up after meals; prepares and cooks food or secures portions of food from the general meal to fill various diet orders.
  • Prepares special diet orders, including salt-free, liquid, diabetic, fat-free, high vitamin, soft, low residue, bland, high calorie diets.
  • Selects food items appropriate for a prescribed diet.

Employment Standards

Experience: Requires at least one year of experience as a cook involving the preparing and cooking of food and baking in large quantities in an institutional or commercial kitchen.
Knowledge of: The principles, procedures and equipment used in the storage, care, preparation, cooking and dispensing of food in large quantities; sanitation and safety measures used in the operation, cleaning and care of utensils, equipment and work areas.
Ability to: Read, understand and follow recipes to prepare tasty and attractive food for standard and dietary menus; ability to read/write/orally communicate instructions effectively and clearly for the purpose of carrying out assigned duties; judge the quantities of food required and be able to prepare it with a minimum of waste; arrange food preparation sequence in order to serve meals on schedule; properly and safely operate and clean a variety of food preparation equipment and appliances; adjust standard recipes according to varying number of servings; use methods and procedures required in the preparation of large quantities of food; monitor the work of inmate workers preparing food; follow security procedures; maintain accurate inventory and records.
Some positions in this classification may require incumbents to possess and maintain a valid California driver's license, Class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request a reasonable accommodation.

Application & Selection Process

Application Process
It is highly recommended that you print this job bulletin for future reference.

Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date. Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement. A resume may be included with your application; however, it will not substitute for the information requested on the application. In addition to a completed application , applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire . Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Additional documents may be submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Office in any one or more of the following ways:
  • As an attachment to the online application
  • By e-mail to
  • By fax to (530) 666-8049
  • By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Postmarks will not be accepted. Human Resources is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.

Selection Procedure
The following is a tentative schedule of events that will occur as part of the selection process. The selection process steps may change with or without notice.

* Screen for Minimum Qualifications
* Screen for Best Qualified
* Department Selection Interview
* Background Investigation
* Tentative Job Offer
* Medical Exam

Screening for Best Qualified
The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification. If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely. Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question. If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question. Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant's education, training, and experience will be evaluated to determine those applicants that are best qualified.

Contact Information
For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact Human Resources by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 666-8055.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the County of Yolo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants. Reasonable testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities or who are unable to attend a scheduled test due to religious reasons in accordance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please call the County of Yolo Human Resources Office at (530) 666-8055 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date to request accommodation. Documentation from a medical doctor, rehabilitation counselor, or other qualified professional will be required.

Job Address

Woodland, California United States View Map