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Senior Cook - SHW

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/16
Posting End Date: 2024/02/27
Category: Food Services
Sub Category: Nutrition
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Nampa, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 17.50
Maximum Salary: 19.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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People Making a Difference!

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

Come join a great team at State Hospital West (SHW)! We are seeking a Cook Senior for SHW located in Nampa. SHW is a 16-bed Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment Hospital (for adolescents between 11 and 18 years old) nestled between Ridgecrest and Centennial golf courses on a picturesque piece of state property along the Nampa Interstate 84 corridor. SHW provides psychiatric inpatient treatment care for Idaho’s adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living and is accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

These positions offer the opportunity to work with an excellent team of the top health-care providers in Idaho. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking individuals who are driven to make an impact to our patients’ lives. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, share in growth and development, and know at the end of the day you have made a positive impact, then our Cook Senior position might be for you! This position also requires applicants to become certified in CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Employees will be required to work weekends, holidays, and day shifts.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation. 



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 


  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance- (full-time/30+ hours per week) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.80/month for dental
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000)
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness
  • and more!



  • To coordinate cooking services; prepare, cook, portion, and serve food for daily meals; perform related work. 
  • Plans and prepares daily work for cooks and food-service workers and/or institutional clients.
  • Coordinates assignments and instructs in food preparation, serving, and sanitation.
  • Confers with supervisors and dieticians regarding use of leftovers, substitutions, and recipe adjustments.
  • Inventories foodstuffs and ensures adequate supplies are available to meet daily needs.
  • Prepares meals within guidelines of menu and dietary requirements, and the standards of appearance, taste, temperature, and sanitation.
  • Cleans and prepares fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Dishes up servings according to menu combinations or individual diets.
  • Insures cleanliness of cooking and serving areas.
  • Maintains sanitation by proper care, cleaning, and storage of equipment and utensil. 



You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.

  • Good knowledge of methods and materials used to prepare foods for large-scale institutional use. This must include experience following recipes and menus AND calculating volume measurements used in cooking. Typically gained by approximately two years experience performing large-scale quantity cooking in an institution or large restaurant setting.
  • Good knowledge of use and care of cooking utensils and equipment AND sanitation and safety practices used in food handling and preparation. Typically gained by approximately two years cooking experience that included these responsibilities.
  • Experience training others in food preparation and serving. Typically gained by six months or more lead work or supervisory experience in a food service setting OR three months experience and completion of a formal training course in the element of supervision.
  • Some knowledge of food values and basic nutrition in the preparation of special diets. Typically gained by six months work experience or completion of two classes covering how to prepare meals for clients with diabetes, food allergies or other diet restrictions.

Learn About a Career with DHW

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(answered Monday through Friday during business hours MST)

EMAIL: [email protected] 
(208) 334-0681


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.