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Colorado State ** Temporary Cook (Dining Services III) - Mount View Youth Services Center in Denver, Colorado

** Temporary Cook (Dining Services III) - Mount View Youth Services Center

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** Temporary Cook (Dining Services III) - Mount View Youth Services Center


$15.50 - $20.00 Hourly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Temporary Full Time (9 mos or less)


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 86047 03/31/2021



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This is a temporary full-time position.

Our Culture & Environment:

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

About the Division of Youth Services: The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Vision: Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.

Division of Youth Services Mission: It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at: ( s

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

This position performs fully operational food production work in the Division of Youth Services Food Services Department located at Mount View Youth Service Center.

Please note: It is possible that this position will be scheduled to work in other DYS locations that are located within a 10 mile radius of Mount View.

* Shifts will be scheduled between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and are subject to change based on the needs of the program.*

Specific duties include:

Meal Preparation and Service:

  • Properly prepares food that is attractive, appetizing, and of proper temperatures.

  • Follows DYS menus and recipes in order to comply with DYS policies and procedures.

  • Enters data onto production worksheets.

  • When recipes or menu changes are required, documents changes and submits to facility food managerial or supervisory staff.

  • Sets up and tears down serving line as needed.

  • Garnishes food on the serving line.

  • Serves food in the proper quantities according to the DYS recipes.

Safety and Security:

  • Anticipates and identifies potential safety and security problems and reports problems to the facility food managerial or supervisory staff.

  • Recognizes safety hazards.

  • Uses food service equipment properly.

  • Follows good safety practices to reduce or prevent slips, trips, falls, burns, etc. Inventories knives and/or culinary utensils according to facility procedures to prevent loss.

  • Follows facility key procedures and ensures that doors are kept locked to prevent escapes. Uses and stores chemicals properly.

  • Follows DYS policies and facility procedures related to safety and security.


  • Follows proper sanitation procedures for the handling of food and the cleaning of the food service area.

  • Cleans food services equipment and the physical plant of the kitchen on a regular basis, or as assigned, to keep them free of food particles, dust, and bacteria.

  • Controls times and temperatures of food to prevent food borne illness.

  • Complies with the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations.

Inventory Control:

  • Inspects food and food service supplies for accurate quantity and condition upon arrival to the facility.

  • Rejects food and supplies that are inadequate.

  • Stores raw food and food supplies utilizing a FIFO inventory method.

  • Dates all food products upon arrival.

  • Signs requisitions and submits to the facility food managerial or supervisory staff.

  • Assists in taking a physical count of the inventory at least once a month.

  • In the absence of the facility food manager or supervisory staff requisitions food and food service supplies.

Training and Meetings:

  • Attends DYS and facility meetings to maintain and increase knowledge regarding procedural changes.

  • Attends training to increase job knowledge and comply with DYS policies and procedures.

Other Duties as Assigned: Performs other duties as assigned. May be required to work any shift, weekends, holidays, and overtime to ensure adequate coverage to feed the clients.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience must be specifically documented in the work experience section of your application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of food services experience including, but not limited to: hosting, serving, delivering, cashiering, prepping, cooking, etc.

Employment history is calculated on a full-time basis (40/hrs per week). Part-time employment is calculated on a pro-rated basis to determine qualifications. Be sure your application specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position and minimum requirements.

Substitutions: There are no substitutions for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment used in preparing food on a large scale including the ability to prepare from "scratch" entrees, soups, salads, baked goods, etc.;

  • Knowledge of health hazards in food preparation and service, and of necessary precautionary measures.

  • ServSafe certification is ideal;

  • Ability to read and follow information presented in writing, including policies, procedures, recipes and menus;

  • Ability to work as a team and also independently.

  • Problem Solving Skills

Highly Desirable Competencies:

  • Knowledge of health requirements in the operation of a food service unit;

  • Knowledge of health hazards in food service and the necessary precautionary measures;

  • Knowledge of weights, measures, (e.g., food scales, measuring cups, and spoons) and food measurement techniques;

  • Knowledge of techniques used in mixing food (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.);

  • Knowledge of meat and vegetable preparation methods;

  • Knowledge of cooking methods (e.g., frying, deep-fat frying, boiling, or baking);

  • Knowledge of the use of kitchen utensils in serving or portioning meal;

  • Knowledge of food safety related to handling and storing cooked foods, serving and storing temperatures, or reading food thermometers;

  • Ability to read English at the level necessary for interpreting and understanding written recipes, menus, nourishment labels, diet slips, portioning sheets, and policies and procedures;

  • Ability to perform basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) as related to calculating or converting units of measure for determining proper amounts of food ingredients for mass food production;

  • Ability to clean, cut, cube, grind, and tenderize meat;

  • Ability to clean, peel, dice, grate, slice, and chop vegetables;

  • Ability to measure food ingredients using food scales, measuring cups, or spoons;

  • Ability to mix food items (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.);

  • Ability to boil food items and operate a jacketed steam kettle in a safe and effective manner;

  • Ability to fry food items and operate a grill or tilt grill in a safe and effective manner;

  • Ability to bake food items and operate a gas, rotary, or convection oven in a safe and effective manner;

  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to work shift work as required;

  • Must pass a drug screen;

  • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and Federal Bureau of Investigations background check.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Supplemental Information


Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience in the work experience section of the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

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The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929 0791 or email ADA Coordinator at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first- ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.