Correctional Officer Cook

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Windham, Maine, United States

Job Description

Correctional Officer Cook

Windham , Maine , United States | Correctional Services | Full-time Apply by: No close date Apply with Linkedin Apply

Correctional Officer Cook (2) – Maine Correctional Center

Code:5207 Pay Grade: 16 $20.70 – $24.15 hourly, This rate does not include $1/hr. institutional stipend and does not include applicable night or weekend shift differentials

Open: 3/19/2021

Close: Until Filled


The Department of Corrections is accepting applications for Correctional Officers assigned as Cooks at the Maine Correctional Center, Windham Maine. This position is open to current Maine DOC Correctional Officers who wish to transfer to this facility and all outside candidates.


As a Correctional Officer – Cook, your work will involve preparing and serving approximately 2200 meals per day. Responsibilities include monitoring security of assigned areas, instructing and training prisoners in kitchen sanitation and basic food preparation, serving food, and assisting the Correctional Cook Supervisor and Food Service Manager. This position requires exposure to chemical agents (OC Spray).


+ Knowledge of prisoner motivation and psychology.

+ Knowledge of problems associated with institutional life.

+ Knowledge of prisoner rehabilitation and treatment programs.

+ Knowledge of correctional institution rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

+ Ability to understand and follow instructions.

+ Ability to interpret and enforce correctional center rules, regulations, policies, practices, and procedures.

+ Knowledge of large-scale meal preparation methods and techniques.

+ Knowledge of food service sanitation practices.

+ Knowledge of Serve Safe regulations.

+ Ability to interpret and enforce correctional rules, policies, and procedures.

+ Ability to cook, bake and serve meals.

+ Ability to perform various strenuous duties such as climbing stairs and/or escorting unruly inmates.

+ Ability to stand for long periods of time.

+ Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

+ Ability to handle critical and stressful situations.

+ Ability to communicate effectively.

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively.

+ Ability to read and perform basic math functions.

+ Ability to observe situations and behavior in detail.

+ Ability to make decisions and act quickly in emergency and dangerous situations.

+ Ability to model appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals.

+ Ability to utilize standard desktop computer technology (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet, e-mail).


Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Some positions, based upon collateral duties/option, may require background education and/or experience in an appropriate field (e.g. food preparation; skilled trade/training experience; retail experience; supply room experience).

In addition, two (2) years’ experience in food preparation, serving and/or cleanup is required.


At time of hire: Valid Driver’s License

Prior to attaining Permanent Status: Maine State Driver’s License

Completion of the Basic Corrections Training Course (organized and funded by DOC upon hire – includes mandatory exposure to chemical agents)


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance;19.63% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC179915323

Posted On: Mar 21, 2021

Updated On: Nov 27, 2021