Juvenile Program Worker - Cook

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in South Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Juvenile Program Worker – Cook

South Portland , Maine , United States | Correctional Services | Full-time Apply by: Dec. 13, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Open: November 23, 2021

Close: December 13, 2021

Code: 5216 Pay Grade: 16 $21.11 – $24.63 hourly,

This rate does not include the $1/hr institutional stipend or the applicable shift differentials


The Department of Corrections is accepting applications for Juvenile Program Workers assigned as Cooks at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, South Portland, ME. This position is open to current Maine DOC Correctional Officers who wish to transfer to this facility and all outside candidates.


As a Juvenile Program Worker – Cook, your work will involve preparing and serving approximately 180 meals per day. Responsibilities include monitoring security of assigned areas, instructing and training residents in kitchen sanitation and basic food preparation, serving food, and assisting the Correctional Cook Supervisor. This position requires exposure to chemical agents (OC Spray).


+ Knowledge of adolescent development and behavior.

+ Knowledge of methods of providing care, custody, and control of juvenile detainees.

+ Knowledge of counseling techniques.

+ Knowledge of modern security principles and practices.

+ 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 communicate effectively.

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively.

+ Ability to prepare reports of activities.

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

+ Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

+ Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion.

+ Ability to observe and communicate situations and behavior in detail.

+ Ability to maintain order and control juveniles, individually and in groups.

+ Ability to provide guidance and leadership to juveniles.

+ Ability to exercise self-control in a negative and hostile environment.

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


High school graduation or equivalent and no criminal or extensive motor vehicle record. Some positions, based upon option, may require background education and/or experience in an appropriate field (e.g. food preparation).

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: JC198429579

Posted On: Nov 25, 2021

Updated On: Dec 17, 2021