Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Cook

    Job Locations US-CA-BAKERSFIELD
    Req No.
    Food Service
    Temporary Part-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    The Casa Aurora program is a Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program in a stand-alone facility that will include housing, sustenance, and gender-responsive programming to participants who have a minimum of 45 days and a maximum of 2 years remaining on their sentence. MHS’ proposed program will participants include adult females who have been approved for participation in the Enhanced Alternative Custody Program. MHS provides treatment and programming that will address criminogenic factors associated with the woman’s sentencing, including substance abuse treatment services; however, other criminogenic factors are addressed since substance abuse will not be a requirement for admittance into the program. All participants remain under the legal custody of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.

    Position Description

    Cook responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing weekly menus based on facility requirements; ordering and maintaining sufficient food supplies for the facility; ensuring the preparation of three meals and two snacks on a daily basis each day conducting a tool inventory after all  meals; teaching culinary skills, basic and/or advanced, to female offenders rotating through as kitchen crew; and supervising the kitchen crew.  Oversee the safe and efficient operation for the culinary area, purchase and properly store food, ensure kitchen activities conform to policy and procedures and with State and local health department sanitation requirements; provide weekly trainings on food etiquette, shopping, food budgeting and preparation of meals as part of life skills curriculum; supervise inmate schedules and in the kitchen; display regular and reliable attendance to include reporting and departing on time.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Must have a California Food Handlers Card.
    • GED or High School Diploma.
    • Must be at least 25 years of age.
    • Minimum of one year of experience in the efficient operation of culinary area.


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