Food Service Cook

  • Sacramento County Employment Services
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Feb 20, 2020
Full time Government Restaurant-Food Service

Job Description

Under supervision, prepares, bakes, cooks and serves food; assists in the operation of a food service facility; maintains food inventory and storage, maintains sanitary working conditions; provides lead direction to subordinate staff and/or institution workers.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Methods of preparing and serving a variety of food in large quantity
  • Menu modifications for special diets

Ability to:

  • Follow formulas for food preparation in large quantities
  • Plan and carry out the work of a given menu to produce the required food at the right time
  • Obtain food and supplies in the right quantities with a minimum of waste
  • Lead the work of others
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Comply with regulated health and uniform standards
  • Read, write and speak English at level necessary for satisfactory job performance

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Either: 1. One year of full-time experience as a Food Service Worker in Sacramento County service.

Or: 2. One year of full-time paid or volunteer cooking experience in a commercial or institutional kitchen.

Note: To compute full-time equivalency of part-time experience: 173.6 hours = 21.7 days = 1 month.

Education Substitution: Education or training in an accredited college, training school, business school or occupational training program that is directly related to the cooking and/or food service program management knowledge and abilities above may be substituted for the required experience on the following basis: 30 semester units (45 quarter units) equal one year of experience. Completion of training courses which do not have semester unit values are equated to semester units on the basis of: 15 clock hours of class equal one (1) semester unit.

Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here (Download PDF reader) or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice. Typing Certificate requirements can be found by clicking here (Download PDF reader) or by obtaining the requirements from the Employment Services Division office.

General Requirements:

License Requirements: Some positions in this class require possession of a valid State of California Driver License, Class C or higher, at the time of appointment. Failure to maintain appropriate valid California Driver License constitutes cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Other Requirements:

Criminal History and Background Check: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for the above class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedure B-5 and applicable federal and state law. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history check, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

Medical Examination: Candidates must pass a medical examination as required by the Minimum Jail Standards and/or the Health and Safety Code.

Physical Requirements:

Persons appointed to this position must be able to:

  • Lift and carry items, including hot and/or steaming food, weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Stoop and turn to lift items from floor level to approximately 4 feet above floor level
  • Push and pull loaded, wheeled carts, weighing up to 250 pounds
  • Stand for extended periods of time on hard surfaces
  • Work in an area that may not have heating or air conditioning throughout a normal work day

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone 916-874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667


  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate or Credentials Screening Panel exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) (Download PDF reader)


For information regarding County jobs:


  • Call 916-874-5627 and you will be provided with a recorded message, accessible 24 hours a day.