Cook POOL - MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility

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Oregon Youth Authority

Salary Range:

2,837.00 - 4,225.00

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Position Title:

Cook POOL - MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility

Job Description:


OYA welcomes you to join our exceptional team of Cooks at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility!

What You Will Be Doing:

Oregon Youth Authority is currently hiring for a variety of Cook positions(Permanent Part-time and Full-time positions as well as Limited Durations and Temporary positions) at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. In your role, you will cook and serve nutritious and appetizing meals based on state and federal guidelines. This position also trains and supervises youth in custody who are participating in vocational food -related work experience programs. Duties also include:

  • Supervises and trains youth in the preparation and serving of meals.
  • Trains vocational youth in proper usage of kitchen tools and equipment, including knives, slicers, food choppers, ovens, and food service chemicals. This training also includes proper food safety and sanitation practices, and proper cleanup after each meal.
  • Assures proper transportation of residents in a safe and secure manner. Wears duress system and radio anytime supervising youth. Knows whereabouts at all times of youth during their assignments to the kitchen.
  • Controls behavior of youth assigned to the work area or in close proximity campus wide.
  • Visually supervises youth in the kitchen at all times in regards to manners, conduct, and behavior. Acts as liaison to maintain positive communications between youth, kitchen, and administration, and to relay pertinent information to individual units, security staff, Treatment Manager and Program Director.
  • Works independently using common Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) menu and standardized recipes to cook, prepare, and coordinate nutritious, appetizing, and visually appealing meals every day.
  • Adjusts menus and recipes to meet site population needs including re-evaluating changes for nutritional content, and staying in compliance with federal USDA guidelines while documenting menu changes.
  • Prepares special diets for medical, dental, and religious needs.
  • Performs daily cooking tasks, provides instructions, and makes preparations utilizing a variety of equipment such as washing, chopping, slicing, cutting, and dicing of foods.
  • Coordinates service and delivery of meals effectively, in a timely manner, and on schedule.
  • Maintains health and sanitation standards in food preparation including food, utensils, and equipment. Responsible for the sanitation of the kitchen area.


  • Multiple Positions: This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current vacancies - permanent, full-time, part-time and temporary positions.
  • Representation: These positions are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU).


  • OYA facilities are tobacco free environments.
  • Shift work in a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation, with night shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime as required.
  • Adhereto the dress code of the specific work site.
  • Frequent exposure to verbal abuse, threats, and dealing with impulsive, rebellious, assaultive youth.
  • Theuse ofreasonable force in the performance of duties or during a disturbance or other emergency situation may be required.
  • Physical standards for vision, hearing, dexterity, push/pull, running, and jogging.
  • Transport youth as requested, and, if in a security position, operate state vehicles constantly.


At OYA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words on a page.To meet our mission and live our values as an agency, DEI must be at the heart of all we do. We support cultural competence, develop teams and cultivate leaders in ways that are equitable to everyone, especially people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, or those from other marginalized communities. We are explicit and intentional as we identify resources that all our youth and staff need to grow and prosper. Our DEI work connects closely with our culture of positive human development, with safe and supportive environments where everyone is held accountable and connected to their community. The end goal is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

If you are looking to join a team that values individual and cultural differences, with the opportunity to contribute to youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you! People of color, women, and other members of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!

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What's in it for You?
OYA values our employees. We believe that your time outside of the workplace is as valuable as it is inside the workplace. We offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules on most positions and a competitive benefits package, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.

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  • One year of experience as a cook in a food service facility OR possession of a Certificate of Completion in culinary arts and/or Foods and Hospitality Service from a certified community college or technical school.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

This position requires a food handler's card, must have the ability to obtain the appropriate county food handler's card within 30 days of hire.

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES/APPLICATION SCORING CRITERIA:In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview.

  • Knowledge of the principles, policies, procedures and state regulations of food preparation and cooking in a volume dining/food service setting.
  • Experience in food preparation and cooking in a volume dining/food service setting.
  • Experience and high level of responsibility in the use of kitchen equipment, hazardous chemicals and disinfectants.


Application Instruction:

1. Complete the application fully.

2. The work experience and/or education section of your application mustclearlydemonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

3. Complete the supplemental questions.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we are here to serve. OYA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be individualized based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law." The more diverse we are, the better our work will be.

Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process. For assistance regarding reasonable accommodation or for alternative format please contact OYA Recruitment at 503-373-7301. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.

Pre-employment Checks:

In keeping with our mission, OYA will conduct a criminal record check, per OAR 416 Division 800, a driving record background check and a vulnerable population abuse and neglect check. Information obtained about an individual is confidential. An individual who refuses to consent to a criminal records/background check shall be disqualified from consideration in the position for which you applied. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as fingerprint based on criminal records check, pre-employment drug screening and/or education verification as required for the position.

In 2003 Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the first federal civil statue focused specifically on addressing sexual violence in juvenile facilities, jails, prisons, and other facilities. In recognition of the rights, safety, and well-being of the youth we serve you will be asked specific questions about your background to ensure our hiring and promotion practices comply with the National PREA standards.

All OYA employees are required to submit to a two-step TB test to establish a TB free "base line." If offered employment and you accept, OYA will offer you the TB testing, and if you refuse, OYA will require the necessary documentation from your personal health care provider as a condition of employment.

All positions in OYA will require the incumbent to serve as a "mandatory reporter" of child abuse.

Visa Sponsorship:

We do not offer Visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. OYAuses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

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Salary Range
$27,000.00 - $37,000.00
per Year
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Woodburn, OR, 97071, US