Washington State COOK A/C (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, Washington


COOK AC (WCCW) *This recruitment will be used to fill 1 anticipated permanent vacancy, 2 non-permanent on-call vacanies and other vacancies as they occur in the next 90 days.

* *The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Cook AC at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW), located in Gig Harbor, Washington.


The Department of Corrections, as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. The Department consists of the Office of the Secretary, Prisons Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Services Division, and Health Services. The Department employs over 7,600 staff and has a biennial budget of approximately $1.6 billion.

WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN is a 62.6-acre facility located approximately two miles from Gig Harbor. The site includes living units, administration buildings, a health clinic, education buildings, a gymnasium, a chapel, industries buildings, food service buildings, and support facilities.

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.


The Cook A/C directs and participates in the preparation and service of food by offenders in a correctional facility in support of the Department of Corrections' offender food service program.

Responsibilities include supervising, training, and instructing offenders in general food service practices, including the preparation, cooking, and serving of food as well as teaching offenders proper goods receipt and storage. The Cook A/C also instructs offenders 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 large-scale food operation, where at least 300 meals are prepared per day, e.g., institutions, restaurants, schools, and hospitals.


The 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
  • Supervise, 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

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 www.doc.wa.gov.



  • Provide a minimum of three (3) professional references with your application. The Department of Corrections defines a professional reference 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. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position.


  • Your answers to the supplemental questions MUST be supported by the work experience section in your application, or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the "Work Experience" section of your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) Meet the minimum qualifications of the job, and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. Only complete applications will be considered. PLEASE BE SURE TO ANSWER ALL SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AND ATTACH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.

  • All DOC Employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.

  • Employees work with offenders 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. Applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration.

  • 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 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.

  • If this position is including in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

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 men and women 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 are 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 e-mail kari.miller@doc.wa.gov or call us at (253) 858-4691. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Various Job Types

Job Number: 2016-10505

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Closing: 10/27/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $2,895.00 - $3,763.00 Monthly

Location: Pierce County - Gig Harbor, WA