The Culinary Art Institute recruitment efforts.

By Joe Orlando, Recruiter
CDCR Office of Workforce Planning

The CDCR Recruitment Team and several correctional facilities have been busy over the past few months spreading the word of job openings throughout the department.

The focus has been on Plant Operations and Food Service positions.

In August, the Office of Workforce Planning (OWP) along with a Food Service representative from the California Medical Facility (CMF) recruited at the Hiring Expo at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The event was primarily for military service members, veterans and military spouses.

In September, OWP coordinated with California State Prison, Los Angeles County, (LAC) and California Correctional Institution (CCI) for the Antelope Valley College Career Fair. That same month, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) personnel specialists worked closely with representatives from Ironwood State Prison (ISP) recruiting at the Marine Corps Air Ground Center Career Fair.

October was a busy month. The CDCR Recruitment Team, along with Correctional Officers from California State Prison, Solano, passed out information and answered questions at the Crime Prevention and Safety Fair at Delta College. CDCR recruiters were then at Travis Air Force Base for a job fair, also attended by a Correctional Food Manager from CMF. Other events in October included the Military Women Career Symposium at Camp Pendleton, the CSU Bakersfield Fall Career Expo and the CDCR/CALPIA hiring event at Santa Rosa Junior College. The Santa Rosa event was a way for the department to give back to a community and area of the state devastated by fires.

The first recruitment event in November was at the DeHart Technical School in Modesto. CDCR Recruitment Team members along with a Plant Operations Manager from Deuel Vocational Institute (DVI) spoke to two HVAC classes and signed several up for Stationary Engineer testing. California Institution for Men (CIM) Personnel staff led the recruitment effort at the All Veterans Career Fair on Nov. 2. Five days later, Plant Operations staff from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) manned a recruitment table at the Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet Career Fair. That same day, OWP staffers along with CALPIA representatives went back to the fire-stricken area for the Rebuild Sonoma County Job Fair.

The final two events in November included a presentation at the Institute of Technology in Clovis to talk to HVAC and Culinary students about opportunities at CDCR. Food Mangers and Plant Operations staff from Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) were instrumental in making this happen. And finally, the CDCR Recruitment Team presented to culinary classes at The Art Institute of California-Sacramento. The Assistant Correctional Food Manager and a Supervising Correctional Cook from Folsom State Prison provided valuable insight to organizers.

The CDCR Recruitment Team, with the help of institution personnel around the state, reached several hundred people over the past three-plus months and shared job opportunities along with information that will help people considering state service to better navigate the application process.

The Office of Workforce Planning has been hard at work recruiting new employees to fill department vacancies.