Cook- EXTRA HELP
County of Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA

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The Santa Barbara County Probation Department is accepting applications for Cook- EXTRA HELP. This position is utilized in an on-call, as needed basis.

Under general supervision, coordinates and participates in preparing, cooking, and serving food to large groups of people in an institutional setting; does varied cooking and prepares special diet foods; and, performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Cook is distinguished from Cook - Sheriff’s Institutions in that the latter coordinates the preparation, cooking and serving of meals in a central jail kitchen and performs minimal hands-on cooking tasks.Under general supervision, coordinates and participates in preparing, cooking, and serving food to large groups of people in an institutional setting; does varied cooking and prepares special diet foods; and, performs related duties as required.

Examples of Duties:

  • Reads menu to estimate food requirements and procures food from storage; takes count of meals served and utensils used in serving food; notes and requests needed supplies;
  • Adjusts controls to regulate temperature of ovens, broilers and grills to cook food; measures and mixes ingredients according to recipe; using a variety of kitchen utensils and equipment, prepares meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and other foods; cuts, trims and bones meats prior to cooking and bakes breads, rolls, cakes and pastries; presents main dishes, salads and desserts in an attractive manner;
  • Trains and leads the work of small numbers of employees or juveniles; enforces security measures and reports disciplinary problems and/or takes disciplinary measures as necessary.


  • Employment Standards:

  • One year of experience in cooking and preparing meals in large quantities; or,
  • one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Food Services Worker with Santa Barbara County; or,
  • a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

  • Knowledge of: the methods and procedures of quantity food preparation; kitchen sanitation and safe food storage; use and care of cooking equipment and utensils; kitchen safety.

    Ability to: prepare quantities of food required with a minimum of waste; organize and prioritize work assignments; make routine arithmetic computations; prepare and serve food in an allotted time and on schedule; safely store and hold food; maintain good working relationships; direct the work of others; understand and follow written and oral instructions; prepare tasty food, and serve it attractively; maintain kitchen, dining area, kitchen utensils and equipment in a sanitary manner.

    Background Check: Employees assigned to positions in the Probation Department are required to pass a background investigation.

    Supplemental Information:

    Incumbents may be required to lift objects weighing up to 100 pounds. Incumbents must be willing and have the ability to accept shift work.

    The background process will include:

    · Completion of the Personal History Statement and associated documents and waivers

    · Fingerprint submission

    · Credit/Financial check

    · Medical evaluation

    · Polygraph examination

    Please be advised that the following circumstances are cause for disqualification:

    · Use of any controlled substances within specified time frames depending on the drug.

    · Any felony convictions

    · Convicted for any sex offense with a victim.

    · Conviction with elements of violence within the past five (5) years.

    · Conviction for crimes against property within the past five (5) years.

    · Felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor within the past five (5) years.

    · Evidence of alcohol or substance abuse dependency within the past 24 months which demonstrates impairment must be accompanied by a minimum of 24 months sobriety.

    · Presently on probation (formal or informal).

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