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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:
$4,500.00 – $5,630.00 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:
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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:

August 2, 2021 September 1, 2021 October 1, 2021 November 1, 2021
December 1, 2021 January 3, 2022 February 1, 2022 March 1, 2022
April 1, 2022 May 2, 2022 June 1, 2022 July 1, 2022

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


Equivalent to completion of the eighth grade. and

Either 1

One year in the California state civil service performing the duties of a Correctional Supervising Cook (Correctional Facility).

Or 2

Two years of experience in a supervisory capacity over cooks and allied workers with responsibility for supervising, planning, and scheduling the preparation, cooking, and serving of three meals a day for at least 300 persons per meal.

NOTE: Applications will be evaluated based on each candidate’s experience and education compared to the class specification. It is especially important that each candidate take special care to accurately complete their application (e.g., list all experience relevant to the “Minimum Qualifications” shown on this announcement, include to and from dates employed, separate each position held, and explain in detail your work experience).

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 inmates.

Assignments include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

A Supervising Correctional Cook, DOC, is a first level supervisor who plans, organizes, supervises, and assists with the preparation, cooking, and serving of food to inmates and employees; supervises the maintenance of food service equipment, supplies, and work areas; directs, trains, supervises and evaluates the work of inmates and employees and takes or recommends appropriate action; may have  responsibility for one of the central kitchens in a multi-facility; maintains order and supervises the conduct of inmates; protects and maintains the safety of persons and property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs and performs other related work.

Position(s) exist Statewide in 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

Knowledge of:
1. Principles, procedures, and equipment used in the storage, care, preparation, cooking (including baking), dispensing, and serving 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.
4. Food values as well as nutritional and economical substitutions within food groups.
5. Food accounting.
6. Use of purchase orders for food and equipment.
7. Methods of cutting and preparing meat.
8. Training methods.
9. Principles of effective supervision.
10. Laws and rules governing supervision of inmates, including disciplinary actions, inmate appeals, and work incentive programs.
11. The Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives.
12. A supervisor’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program, and the processes available to meet equal employment objectives.

Ability to:
1. Plan palatable and adequate menus.
2. Plan, organize, and direct the work of others.
3. Adjust rations to changing needs.
4. Keep inventories and make requisitions.
5. Use of appropriate equipment.
6. Judge food quality.
7. Prepare and cook all food groups.
8. Determine food quantities necessary for groups of varying size.
9. Direct the preparation of special diets (both medical and religious).
10. Plan food production to schedule.
11. Communicate effectively at a level required for successful job performance.
12. Plan and conduct in-service training programs.
13. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
14. Keep records and prepare reports.
15. Effectively contribute to the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

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

Note: To ensure a fair and equitable opportunity for all competitors, CDCR does not authorize the gathering of informal study groups or the distribution of informal sample test questions to prepare for examinations.
Additionally, pursuant to California Government Code Sections 19680 and 19681, candidates are not to obtain or discuss test questions and/or answers from current or prior examinations to prepare for upcoming examinations.

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 servants.

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 Veteran s 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:
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 23.96
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 32.48