Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Facility Cook

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Safety
  • Salary: $44,351.30 - $53,910.31 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is now hiring food service professionals. Multiple positions available!

Starting salary up to $25.83/hour ($53,910/year), plus an additional $600/month cash allowance*

Do you have experience cooking with industrial-sized equipment in large facilities, and:

  • Are willing to work alongside inmates, provide them guidance, and exercise your leadership skills?
  • Come to work with a positive attitude, work with confidence, and know how to be a team player?
If you answered "Yes" to these questions, than the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office wants you on their team!

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for satisfactory work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for satisfactory performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

Join the Sheriff's Office Family

Adult Detention Facility Cooks provide a valuable service to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. Whether it is cooking and serving large quantities of nutritious food, preparing special meals for medically-restricted diets, and/or creating new recipes or meal plans for staff meals/events, working at the County provides a variety of challenges that will help you advance your culinary expertise.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office offers the opportunity to become a member of a strong work family that makes a difference in our community. For additional information about our community and the services we provide, please visit and the Sheriff's Office website .

Note: Cooks are required to lift, push, and pull heavy equipment and supplies. Additionally, they may work for long periods of time, while standing, under conditions of high temperature. As a condition of employment, individuals are required to undergo and maintain a Sheriff's Office background clearance, and must be willing to work all shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

The Civil Service title for this position is Cook. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment .

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory .

Minimum Qualifications

Education: The ability to speak, read and write English and make simple arithmetical calculations commensurate with the knowledge and abilities listed. Successful completion of special courses in institutional food preparation is highly desirable.

Experience: Any combination of experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of recent experience in the preparation and cooking of a variety of foods in a large-scale institutional or commercial setting, such as a medium sized hospital or detention facility, would provide such opportunity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: the methods, procedures and equipment involved in the large scale preparation of foods; the health and safety hazards in institutional food preparation; the necessary safety precautions.

Some knowledge of: the basic principles and practices of dietetics and nutrition.

Ability to: follow detailed oral and written instructions; prepare and cook food in large quantities; prepare modified diet items; supervise the work of assigned staff and inmates; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, inmates or wards, supervisors and staff of other departments; work early morning shifts, evenings, holidays and weekends; work for long periods of time while standing and under conditions of high temperature; lift, push and pull heavy equipment and supplies; make simple arithmetical calculations; operate kitchen equipment.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical and physical examinations are also part of this process. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.

You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Please read the Sheriff's Office Pre-Employment Drug Use Guidelines for further information.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Positions that are assigned to one or more facilities required to follow the COVID-19 Vaccine/Testing requirements for the current, local Public Health Order for Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters/EMS/Emergency Shelter Workers may be allowed to participate in COVID testing in lieu of documented proof of COVID vaccination.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: MN
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map