Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Housekeeping Aid - Part Time Weekends Only (Open and Continuous) in Des Moines, Iowa

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
20 vacancies in the following location:
  • Des Moines, IA
Work Schedule is Part Time 32 hours - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Saturday 10/1/2016 (23 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (340 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815329

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VA Central Iowa Health Care System provides a full continuum of care between the Des Moines campus and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) and is one of the Medical Centers that make up the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23). Employee selected may be expected to perform duties at other duty sites within VA Central Iowa Health Care System based on the needs of the organization.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This is a Restricted Position - Restricted positions must be filled by preference eligible veterans (5 CFR 330.401). Candidates who are eligible under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment, the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act; status employees of other Federal Agencies; and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility must meet the criteria for Veterans Preference Eligibility (not all veterans are preference eligible, see**).

This announcement will remain open until filled and application packages will be reviewed as received.



As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

VA promotion applicants will be considered for the position before non-VA promotion applicants as provided for in the AFGE/VA Master Agreement; however, veterans preference eligibility must be met by current VA employees to be considered.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


Work Schedule: Saturday and/or Sunday; 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. - Midnight, 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. This is a Part-time position that will work 16 hours a week (32 hours per pay period). Weekend shifts include shift differential in addition to regular pay.


Position Description Title/PD#: Housekeeping Aide, WG-3566-2, PD #30247A

  • Dusts and polishes furniture
  • Requests and stocks supplies and equipment needed in all areas
  • Washes walls, windows, room partitions, ceiling vents and fixtures
  • Empties ash trays and waste receptacles
  • Washes and makes beds
  • Cleans and sanitizes patient care areas to prevent cross contamination/infection
  • Operates heavy industrial type power scrubbers, buffers, carpet vacuums and shampooers
  • Removes and replaces draperies and blinds for cleaning
  • Notes and reports equipment and areas in need of repair as needed
  • Moves heavy furniture, supplies and equipment in a safe manner
  • Uses ladders as part of cleaning functions
  • Handles non-infectious and infectious waste disposal and sanitation
  • Cleans non-critical reusable medical equipment
  • Removes contaminated and non-contaminated trash and changes reusable sharps containers
  • Cleans and disinfects restrooms
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of cleaning duties, such as sweeping, mopping, and waxing floors; cleaning surfaces such as light fixtures, venetian blinds, and counter-tops; and cleaning restroom facilities including toilets, baths, and sinks. It is important that you ensure the appropriate details are included in your resume.


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 or OF-612. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( ).

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.

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement 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 questions. The screen-out element for this position is Ability to do the job of a housekeeping aid without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

  1. Work practices

  2. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.

  3. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment

  4. Dexterity and Safety


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist visit

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: The position requires performance of work which involves light physical effort, such as that involved in using vacuum cleaners and dry mops; continually standing, bending, stooping and reaching; frequently lifting and emptying waste baskets; frequently pushing carts loaded with waste; and lifting and carrying items weighing up to 20 pounds. Also performs work which involves moderate to heavy physical effort, such as required to move heavy equipment and furniture, i.e., heavy industrial vacuum cleaners, heavy duty floor scrubbers and buffers, couches, beds, etc., and lifting, carrying and/or moving items weighing up to 40-50 pounds. Moving, set-up and working from ladders is infrequently required.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Usually works indoors in areas which normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilation's. Will be exposed to vibration from heavy equipment and to skin irritations from strong cleaning solutions used in stripping floors, etc., as well as subject to cuts and bruises. Continually exposed to dust, dirt, and disagreeable odors, and is frequently exposed to organic material which may be contaminated and/or infectious and require special handling.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may also check the status of your application at any time by logging onto your USAJobs account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $12.84 to $14.98 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-3566-02/02

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 452153500

Job Announcement Number: CIH-16-KDH-1815329-BU-OCA