3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #364
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:   June 8, 2022 @ 8:59 p.m. 

Department:  GELC
Reports To:   Executive Cook  
Hours:             40 Hours/Week – Full Time
Salary:           Based on Salary Matrix + Benefits*

* Salaries are market competitive. For accurate salary information, call (253) 573-7863 or email

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Position Summary:

Assists the Executive Cook in administering and maintaining all related food services.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists the Executive Cook in planning, making necessary purchases, preparing, and serving breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack daily to the children and teachers according to the guidelines specified by the Child Care Food Program and after vendor cost analysis.
  2. Assists with planning and posting menus in compliance with the Child Care Food Program guidelines.
  3. Any menu changes must comply with all applicable standards and be approved by the Executive Cook.
  4. Coordinates, properly stores food.
  5. Assists with administering the Child Care Food Program following outlined practices, including filing all related records and reports.
  6. Assists with coordinating the food service program with other parent involvement activities and other center functions, and assists teachers with food and cooking experiences they plan for in the classroom.
  7. Participates in and/or assists with in-service training programs about role of nutrition in child development and help meet needs of children in relation to the meal-service program in accordance with the staff training requirements of the Child Care Food Program.
  8. Fills in for Executive Cook when needed.
  9. Organizes meal carts for each classroom per child count.
  10. Cleans kitchen, all dishes, meal carts and maintains a sanitary work environment.
  11. Follows directions and works closely with the other cooks.
  12. Works as an effective team member.
  13. Execute duties professionally and appropriately each day in a timely manner, upkeep and maintenance of work space, sanitation of food surfaces, oven, fridge, freezer, floors and cabinets.
  14. Uses time effectively, getting food to the classrooms at scheduled meal and snack times. In addition, getting cleaning and sanitation completed, dishes washed in timely manner and food order put away.
  15. Post and know all child allergies, ensure no child is offered food that may cause an allergic reaction.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one year of cooking experience or kitchen helper experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to meet the requirements of the state of Washington child care licensing personnel requirements. Must be able to pass state background check clearance to work in a child day care center and be able to obtain a food handler’s permit within two weeks of hire.


Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Licenses or Certificates

Food handler’s permit required.

TB Test, First Aid/CPR certification required.

Must have a valid and unrestricted Washington State Driver’s License. Driver’s License must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent an employee from driving a GSA vehicle.

Must pass a criminal background check prior to employment and periodically throughout employment.

Must complete and pass a drug and alcohol screening upon hire and throughout employment.



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. 
  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and climb or balance. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. 
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and outside weather conditions. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • Work is performed in a kitchen setting.


The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law




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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

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