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Cook WMHI (Hiring Event) 
Job Announcement Code(s): 21-00214

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COOK 2 21-00214
    Cook 2

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $15.39 per hour, plus excellent benefits. A twelve-month probationary period will be required. Pay schedule/range: 03-11.
Jennie Hocker, Human Resources Specialist,
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Assessment Information:
84402 -  010  COOK 2 
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS),Winnebago Mental Health Institute (WMHI) is recruiting for both a full time and part time Cook. WMHI will hold a recruitment event on Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 11th.

In order to be considered for this position, candidates may apply in advance or walk-in and apply in person. For instructions to apply online, please click here. Interviews will take place at the WMHI Administrative Building located at 4100 Treffert Drive, Winnebago, WI on the dates listed below:

  • Wednesday, March 10th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 11th from 7:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Candidates should come prepared to complete an application and bring a resume or written information related to their education, training, and work history. Candidates can expect to be at WMHI for up to 1 hour to complete the interview, so please plan accordingly.

    Upon arrival, you will be screened for COVID-19 including answering questions and a temperature check. Disposable masks will be provided to wear while on grounds.

    WMHI is a psychiatric hospital providing quality mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. The facility has a beautiful campus located on Lake Winnebago with adjacent walking paths by the lake for employees to use during break periods. There are additional benefits for employees of the facility including a gym, several wellness initiatives, a casual dress code, and other special programs.

    State of Wisconsin benefits for full time employees include up to 3.5 weeks of vacation, 9 paid holidays, ample sick time, a top rated health plan, multiple low cost insurance options starting at $32/month for single plans after 2 months of state service, and an excellent retirement plan. Benefits for part time employees, including vacation and additional benefits, will be prorated based on amount of hours worked and includes an exceptional retirement plan.

    Position Summary:   

    The Cook 2 produces and distributes quantity foods for both general and modified diets for approximately 700 people at WMHI, Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC), and Wisconsin Women's Treatment Facility located within Wisconsin Resource Center (WWRC). As member of Production team, the Cook maintains sanitation, safety, and security standards; mentors other employees on team; and develops, evaluates new products and makes recommendations.

    The full time position works 4:00 am to 12:30 pm on a rotating schedule that includes six days on, followed by two days off. Every fifth and sixth week will include a 3 day weekend. Will be required to work holidays and overtime as needed.

    The part time position works 48 hours per pay period. Incumbent will work daytime hours between 4:00 am to 6:30 pm on a rotating schedule that includes six days on, followed by two days off. Every fifth and sixth week will include a 3 day weekend. Will be required to work holidays and overtime as needed.

    These positions are eligible for an additional $0.45 for hours worked between 6 pm to 6 am, and a weekend differential of $0.60 for hours worked between midnight Friday to midnight Sunday.

    Special Notes:   

    All applicants who may be appointed to this position will be required to allow DHS to conduct a background check to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job being filled.

    All appointees will be required to complete a pre-employment health assessment including a TB screen prior to their start date.


    This position requires the following:

  • Experience working with food preparation and general cooking
  • Experience maintaining food safety and sanitation standards
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively as part of a team

    In addition, well-qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience working with large quantity or institutional food service including working with specialized diets and menus
  • Serv-Safe certified
  • How To Apply:   

    Click on the "Preview Assessment" link near the top of this announcement to view the qualifications that will be evaluated in the initial part of the selection process.

    Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the online application process to apply.

    After the hiring event, all candidates will be notified via email. Please monitor your e-mail for all future communication about this position.

    DHS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans are encouraged to apply. For complete information on veterans’ hiring programs that may benefit you, please visit the Employment Assistance page on the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ website.

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