Food Service Worker US Department of Veterans Affairs Vancouver

Short Description :

Jobrelated nonfederal experience or active duty uniformed military service Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is fulltime, parttime, or intermittent Such credit must be requested and approved ,…

Full Description :

    Duties Summary

    The purpose of this position is to perform a wide variety of food service operations in order to provide meal service to our Veterans. The Food Service Worker is a fully-trained, flexible employee who performs work which requires more specialized procedures, but also has responsibilities of a WG-1 employee. Work requires applying knowledge of food safety and infection control guidelines to ensure compliance with all health and safety directives; reports directly to the Food Service Supervisor.


    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Loading and operating dishwashing, pot washing and cart washing machines, storing sanitized dishes and pots and pans following proper safety and sanitation procedures.
    • Applying knowledge of regular and modified diets and special procedures in serving patients.
    • Assembling regular and modified hot and cold food items according to standardized procedures and the tray ticket.
    • Set-up, operate, break-down, and clean all equipment assigned to the food service area.
    • Ensuring proper food temperatures prior to meal delivery.
    • Transporting food carts to and from patient wards.
    • Providing accurate tray delivery and pick up in a timely manner.
    • Performing heavy cleaning such as walls, cooking equipment, tray line equipment and other cleaning tasks in order to maintain a high standard of sanitation throughout the service.
    Work Schedule: 10:00am1:00pm, Wednesday; 6:30am9:30am, ThursdaySunday
    Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/PD20766A
    Physical Requirements: The Food Service Worker at this level will perform work requiring light to heavy physical effort. They are subject to continuous standing and walking, frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. They frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 20 pounds unassisted (e.g. pushing small carts of dirty dishes) and routinely lift or move objects weighing more than 20 pounds (e.g., filling plate and tray dispensers, putting cases of product away, moving sheet pans of prepared food items). They may frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Food Service Workers may perform heavy work such as scouring and scrubbing large-size cooking equipment, pushing heavy carts and hand trucks when unloading, storing, or delivering supplies. They may also be required to work on ladders and use powered cleaning equipment.
    Working Conditions: The majority of work is performed in the kitchen areas where steam and heat from cooking and dish washing equipment often causes uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity. The work area is well lighted but usually noisy from food service activities, and there is danger of slipping on floors where food or beverages have been dropped or spilled. Food service workers are regularly exposed to hot liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, and extreme temperature changes when entering walk in refrigeration or freezing units. Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    7408 Food Service Working

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • May serve a probationary period
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.
    SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, the ability to perform the duties of a Food Service Worker without more than normal supervision. Examples include: providing food service in a hospital, long term care, clinical, or similar setting; experience interacting with customers and/or patients; logging on to and navigating various software applications, such as nutritional software like Computrition and/or CBORD on a computer; knowledge of general and modified diets; handling food in compliance with widely accepted commercial sanitation standards, and using commercial food processing equipment. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirements are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
    • Dexterity and Safety
    • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
    • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
    • Work Practices
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at
    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

    Documents Required:
    • Resume

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Help This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

ALL US CITIZENS DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (COVID-19VA 004) in-accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and 5 CFR 337.205(b)(1)-(4).

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