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Recruitment #18-001797-0008




Department of Juvenile Services

Waxter Children's Center

375 Red Clay Rd.

Laurel, MD 20724

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to coordinate the kitchen operation including cleaning, sanitizing, food receiving, storage, production, service and distribution of food in a timely manner. The Cook II must be able to use standard and modified recipes and keep accurate production records and all necessary logs. This position also monitors temperatures of food, refrigerated equipment and other food cleaning or preparation equipment. This relates to the mission of the agency by providing safe, nutritious meals for youth housed at DJS residential programs.


Education:   None.

Experience: Three years of experience in food preparation at a public or governmental establishment, such as a restaurant, hospital or comparable institution involving the cooking of meats and vegetables and the preparation of salads and beverages.


1. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited vocational/technical high school with a major in food service or a related field for up to two years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Culinary classifications or Food Services specialty codes in the Equipment Services and Facilities field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


1.  Three years of experience in the preparation of food involving the cooking of meats and vegetables and the preparation of salads and beverage's in an institutional setting such as hospitals, nursing homes, universities and correctional facilities.
2.  Possession of a High School Diploma/GED.
3.  Possession of a ServSafe Certification.
4.  One (1) year experience in the Federal Child Nutrition Program.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated.  The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as it relates to the requirements of the position.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Please make sure to provide sufficient information on your application to show the qualifications for this recruitment.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service is required prior to hire.   

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as Qualified, Better Qualified or Best Qualified.  Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a period of one year.  This list well be used by the DJS hiring agency to select employees.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to:   

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

One Center Plaza

120 W. Fayette St.

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn: Bonnie Smith

If you are unable to apply on line you may mail a paper application to the address below or fax a paper application to Fax-410-333-4188.  If you choose fax or regular mail you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of completing the employment application.

Should you need additional information regarding this recruitment please contact DJS Office of Human Resources at  Include the recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country.  Veterans are encouraged to apply to all current recruitments. Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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