Correctional Officer Cook (2 Positions) - Maine State Prison

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

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Correctional Officer Cook (2 Positions) – Maine State Prison

Warren , Maine , United States | Correctional Services | Full-time Apply by: July 12, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply with IndeedApply

Correctional Officer Cook (2 Positions) – Maine State Prison

040000161 & 040001881

Code: 5207

Pay Grade: 16 $22.95 – $26.62 hourly

This rate includes $1.00/hr. institutional stipend

This rate does not include applicable night, weekend shift differentials, or Premium Overtime.

Open: June 27, 2022

Close: July 12, 2022


The Department of Corrections is accepting applications for Correctional Officers assigned as Cooks at the Maine State Prison, Warren, Maine. This position is open to current Maine DOC employees who wish to apply 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 residents 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 resident motivation and psychology.

+ Knowledge of problems associated with institutional life.

+ Knowledge of resident 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 residents.

+ 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)


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leaveVacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage- The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit- Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.

+ Dental Insurance- The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan- The State of Maine contributes 19.63% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement- Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts- Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness- The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation- Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

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: JC217389960

Posted On: Jun 30, 2022

Updated On: Jul 15, 2022