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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Cook, SG-11 - Ranger School in Wanakena, New York

Location: Wanakena, NY Category: Support Staff Posted On: Thu Oct 26 2023 Job Description:


LOCATION/UNIT: Ranger School - Wanakena Campus

DURATION: Permanent

SALARY: $44,957 annually (NOTE: current or reconstructed salary for state employees in accordance with NYS Audit and Control)

This is a full-time appointment serving students, faculty and staff in SUNY-ESF's residential educational programs delivered at the Ranger School in Wanakena, NY and the Cranberry Lake Biological Station in Cranberry Lake, NY


The SUNY ESF Wanakena Campus Food Service unit provides staffing for the Ranger School and the Cranberry Lake Biological Station. The Cook position includes coordinating the scheduling and staffing needs of approximately 5-15 permanent and temporary Food Service employees, including work study and student assistants on occasion. This team serves 19 to 21 cafeteria style meals per week to groups ranging from 20 to 70 per seating. The team also serves food to special groups visiting the campuses, as well as during commencement, open houses, family weekends, orientations, barbecues, and other special events. At special request, bagged meals may be provided to students and visiting groups that will be working outdoors. Specific tasks include:

  • Prepare and cook a variety of meals for students, faculty, staff, and other guests.

  • Maintain awareness and prepare for all allergies, medical and special diets, for example: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, nut allergies, and others.

  • Weigh and measure ingredients; prepare and cook various meat, fish, hot cereals, vegetables, soups, desserts and baked goods to include special dietary options when necessary

  • Maintain appropriate temperature and holding times.

  • Assign and provide direction to Food Service Workers in food preparation, production, quality assurance and work training. Includes training in portion control and accurate measures to provide consistency in meal quantity and quality.

  • Create weekly menus, event menus, and on-campus catering menus; maintain recipe file and index

  • Ordering responsibilities, including monitoring and maintaining food and supplies inventories in stockroom, freezers, and coolers based on menu needs; ensure inventory is properly rotated when new stock is received

  • Check in deliveries, including inspection of product on arrival to ensure expiration dates are appropriate and no damaged product is accepted

  • Communicate with kitchen manager and food service staff regarding general kitchen needs; receive and respond to emails; keep records

  • Assist in scheduling kitchen staff based on meal forecasts; schedule of maintenance and repairs of equipment

  • Maintain records of timesheets, overtime roster, shift work, vacations, and time off requests; participate in hiring of new employees as requested; train new employees

  • Maintain work and storage areas in a neat, clean and sanitary condition

  • Review with staff and adhere to proper NYS Health Department safety and sanitation standards

    Job Requirements:


  • Non-competitive: three years of experience in large-scale cooking, one year of which must have included regular supervision of subordinate employees or working inmates.

  • Boater Safety Certificate (or willingness/ability to obtain)

  • Available to work evenings and weekends


  • At least one year combined experience in Food Service Worker 1 and Food Service Worker 2 roles

  • At least one year food service experience in residential college kitchen setting

  • At least one season food service experience in remote field camp kitchen setting

    Additional Information:

Approval must be granted by Civil Service prior to filling this position pending clearance of redeployment roster, transfer list, reemployment roster, or placement roster.

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