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Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Departmental Open Examination
Examination Code: 6CEAU
Final Filing Date: Continuous

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right of family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) are committed to building and fostering a diverse workplace. We believe cultural diversity, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and unique identities should be honored, valued, and supported. We believe all staff should be empowered. CDCR/CCHCS are proud to foster inclusion and representation at all levels of both Departments.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)


Salary Range:
$3,996.00 – $5,388.00 per month
View the classification specification for the Correctional Supervising Cook, CF classification.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications as stated below.

Once you have taken the Qualifications Assessment Examination, you may not retake it for twelve (12) months.


All applicants must complete and submit an Examination Application (STD. 678) and Qualifications Assessment

By mail to:

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Talent Acquisition and Career Services
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

Or in person at:
Talent Acquisition and Career Services
1515 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-7243
Attn: Talent Acquisition and Career Services, 101N

If you are personally delivering your application and Qualifications Assessment, you must do so between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, on or before the cut-off date to the same street address as listed above.

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the cut-off date in order to be considered. If an application is received after the cut-off date with a late or missing postmark, the application is considered late and will be included in the next cut-off date for processing. It is the applicant’s
responsibility to submit their application on time and to ensure the envelope is postmarked if applying by way of U.S. mail or contains proof of timely deposit with a parcel delivery or courier service. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the United States Postal Service (USPS), are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Qualifications Assessments for Correctional Supervising Cook, CF are available from the CDCR website at:
Correctional Supervising Cook, CF or in person at the street address listed above.

NOTE: Only applications with an original signature will be accepted.

If you require special testing arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, mark the appropriate box on your Examination Application (STD. 678) and you will be contacted to make specific arrangements. You may also contact Talent Acquisition and Career Services at (916) 322-2545.

Candidates must complete and return the Correctional Supervising Cook, CF Qualifications Assessment along with his/her Examination Application (STD. Form 678). Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their Qualifications Assessment rated.

All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this examination by the cut-off date.


Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.

Cut-off dates for processing will be:

July 13, 2023                August 1, 20 23         September 1, 2023        October 2, 2023          November 1, 2023

December 1, 2023       January 2, 2024        February 1, 2024           March 1, 2024             April 2, 2024

May 1, 2024                  June 3, 2024              July 1, 2024

NOTE: Check back periodically as cut-off dates may be added in the future. Additionally, cut-off dates are
subject to change or be cancelled at any time. Such changes or cancellations will be in accordance with civil
service laws and rules.

Results notices will be mailed in 6 – 7 weeks following each cut-off date. Please contact Talent Acquisition and
Career Services at (916) 322-2545 if you have not received your notice after 7 weeks.


Either 1

Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Cook Specialist
2 (Correctional Facility) or a Cook Specialist 2.

Or 2

Experience: Two years of experience in a supervisory capacity over cooks and other food service workers with responsibility for supervising and assisting with the preparation, cooking, and serving of various food items. and

Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

NOTE: High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Educational Development (GED) test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school
board, or high school authorities that the candidate is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year- for-year basis.

Qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated above include more than one pattern and are distinguished as “Either” 1, “or” 2, “or” 3, etc. For example, candidates who possess qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern 1, and additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern 2, may be admitted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirement.

OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE: A “completion of an out-of-class assignment” memorandum, dated within one year of assignment completion, is required to use as out-of-class experience to meet the minimum qualifications for examination purposes. Employees may obtain this documentation from his/her Institutional Personnel Officer/Personnel Liaison. Out-of-class experience without required documentation will not be considered for examination purposes.

Sympathetic understanding of and willingness to work with the resident population of a State correctional facility; supervisory ability; personal cleanliness; good sense of smell and taste; and freedom from communicable diseases.

Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that
of inmate(s) and wards.

A Correctional Supervising Cook, CF, either (1) in a small State correctional culinary program, plans, organizes, supervises, and assists with the preparation, cooking, and serving of food to residents and employees; or (2) in a medium-sized State correctional culinary program, has charge of a shift and supervises and assists with the preparation, cooking, and serving of food to residents and employees; or (3) in a large correctional culinary program, supervises a large crew in the preparation, cooking, and serving of food to residents and employees; supervises the maintenance of culinary equipment, supplies, and work areas; instructs culinary workers; maintains order and supervises the conduct of inmate(s), residents, or patients; protects and maintains the safety of persons and property; may instruct, lead, or supervise inmate(s), or resident workers; and does other related work.

Position(s) exist statewide with CDCR


EXAMINATION INTERVIEWS WILL NOT BE HELD. This examination will consist of a Qualifications Assessment weighted 100%. To obtain a position on the eligible list, applicants must achieve a minimum rating of 70.00% on the Qualifications Assessment.

The Qualifications Assessment is designed to elicit a range of specific information regarding each candidate’s knowledge, skill, abilities, and potential to effectively perform the duties relative to the classification. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their Qualifications Assessment rated and successful candidates will be placed on an eligible list. SUBMISSION OF THE QUALIFICATIONS ASSESSMENT IS MANDATORY.
Candidates who do not submit a completed Qualifications Assessment will be eliminated from this examination.

Qualifications Assessment — Weighted 100.00%

Scope: Emphasis in the examination will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each candidate’s:

Knowledge of:
1. Principles, procedures, and equipment used in the storage, care, preparation, cooking (including baking), dispensing, and serving of food in large quantities.
2. Kitchen sanitation and safety measures used in the operation, cleaning, and care of utensils, equipment, and work areas.
3. Food handling sanitation (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Programs).
4. Food values as well as nutritional and economical substitutions within food groups.
5. Principles of effective supervision.
6. Food accounting.
7. Use of purchase orders for food and equipment.
8. Training methods.
9. A manager’s/supervisor’s responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

Ability to:
1. Plan palatable and adequate menus.
2. Plan, organize, and direct the work of others.
3. Keep records.
4. Prepare reports and memorandums.
5. Communicate effectively.
6. Keep inventories and make requisitions.
7. Use appropriate equipment.
8. Judge food quality.
9. Determine food quantities necessary for groups of varying sizes.
10. Prepare and cook all food groups.
11. Direct the preparation and distribution of special diets.
12. Plan food production to schedule.
13. Plan and conduct in-service training programs.
14. Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
15. Effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

The Job Analysis identifies job duties and job requirements for the classification and may be referenced in preparing for the examination. The Job Analysis for the Correctional Supervising Cook, CF is available on the CDCR website at: CDCR Job Analysis


The resulting eligible list will be established to fill vacancies for CDCR.

Names of successful candidates are merged onto the list(s) in order of final scores, regardless of date. Eligibility expires 12 months after establishment unless the needs of the service and conditions of the list(s) warrant a change in this period.

Veterans’ Preference will be granted in this examination. Veterans who have achieved permanent civil service status are not eligible to receive Veterans’ Preference. Career credits will not be granted in this examination.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State work place. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective, because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public

Applications are available at CDCR, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer Account.

Veterans’ Preference: California law allows the granting of Veterans’ Preference in any Open examination. In accordance with Government Code Sections 18973.1 and 18973.5, Veterans’ Preference will be awarded as follows: 1) any veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100% disabled veteran, who achieves a
passing score in an open examination, shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. Any veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released is not eligible for Veterans’ Preference; 2) Veterans’ Preference is not granted once a person achieves permanent civil service status.

Directions to apply for Veterans’ Preference are available at the CalHR’s website by clicking on the following link: CalCareer Veterans. Additional information can also be found at the California Department of Veterans Affairs at CalVet Veterans.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all applicants will be notified.

Examination Locations: If this examination requires a written test and/or oral interview, they will be scheduled throughout the State at the correctional institutions, youth facilities, and/or parole regions. However, locations of the written test and/or oral interview may be limited or extended as conditions change.

If you meet the requirements stated on this examination bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described in this bulletin will be rated against a predetermined job-related rating,
and all applicants who pass will be ranked according to their score.

General Qualifications: Applicants must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgement, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination and fingerprinting may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) servicewide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

PHONE: (916) 322-2545
Telecommunications Relay Service: 711

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 12
Education Required: High School
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 23.05
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 31.08
    Salary: $3,996.00 - $5,388.00 per month