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Jail Food Server/Cook

Performs a variety of duties related to the planning, preparation and serving of meals and care of cleaning of the kitchen equipment and meal preparation and serving areas.

Works under the direct supervision of a Jail Lieutenant, and the general supervision of the Department’s Administration.

Directs inmate workers in the preparation of meals and cleaning of kitchen area and equipment.

Prepares and serves meals for inmates and other purposes; maintains a menu that meets the nutritional guideline established by law for adult detainees; maintains a food ordering system that provides adequate reserve of food products, keeps clear and concise records to maintain an efficient foodservice program for the facility.

Monitors inventory, supplies and maintains a precise inventory of all food items, both perishable and non-perishable, as well as supplies and equipment related to preparing food and maintaining the kitchen.

Delegates responsibilities and cleaning duties to inmate workers prior to, during and after food preparation; supervises and assigns tasks, observes and corrects inmate workers as necessary in the Proper method of food preparation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent; and two years’ experience in volume or institutional cooking performing the above related duties; or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of institutional food services practices and procedures and related health, safety and hygiene standards and requirements.
  • Ability to read and follow written menu plans including special dietary requirements; follow simple oral instructions; to plan and calculate appropriate volumes of food to be prepared according to the number of people to be served and adjust menus according to need.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must pass a background investigation.
  • Duties generally performed in a controlled environment inside the secured area of the jail. Tasks require a variety of physical activities such as standing, walking, stooping and lifting up to 60 pounds, reaching, sitting, talking, hearing and seeing.

Benefits include Paid time off (Vacation and Holidays), Insurance and PERSI Retirement. Starting wage is $11.33 the hours are 6:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and will have a 6 month probation period.To apply, complete the Jefferson County Application for Employment  and return to the Jefferson County Sheriffs’ Office, 200 Courthouse Way, Rigby, Idaho.  This position will remain open until filled.


Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate with regard to employment, advancement, training, benefits or working conditions on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.  Per Idaho Code, Title 65, Chapter 5, Jefferson County will afford a preference to employment of veterans. If claiming veteran’s preference, you must attach or otherwise submit a copy of your DD­214 to your application.


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