Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration FOOD SERVICE WORKER in Salt Lake City, Utah

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Salt Lake City, UT
Work Schedule is Part Time 30 hours - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1814365

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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The Food Service Worker serves within Nutrition and Food Service (N&FS;) Department at Salt Lake City Health Care System in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Food Service Worker will perform, but may not be limited to the following duties:

  • Carrying out preventive maintenance and cleaning by removing inspection doors, strainer pans, and spray arms of a dish machine.
  • Portioning food items into standard serving sizes using the proper utensils and containers.
  • Setting up glasses, silverware, dishes, trays and condiments in communal dining areas.
  • Sweeping and mopping floors repetitively in high traffic areas such as corridors, entry ways, cafeterias and other areas.
  • Reading and following instructions with regard to safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals.
  • Working quickly without accidents while at the same time being attentive to the quality of your work.
  • Recognizing typical health and safety hazards for yourself and other workers around you.
  • Setup and replenishes cafeteria line, steam table, refrigerator and beverage units with hot and cold food items not limited to: meats, vegetables, salads, desserts, bread, butter, and beverages.

  • Serve food cafeteria style and places a portion of food on customers' plates.

  • Deliver and retrieves meal trays.

  • Deliver nourishment to patients.

  • Work in the dish room/scullery.

  • Performs routine cleaning tasks.

  • Cleans and sets up dining room tables for service.

  • Breaks down and cleans assigned area on tray line.

  • Returns food to designated area in the kitchen.

Work Schedule: Sunday through Saturday, 8:00am through 4:30pm, subject to rotating days off, holidays and weekends are required.

NOTE: This is a part-time position 30 hours per pay period (15 hours/week). Benefits and time-off accrual will be prorated and based on your part-time work schedule.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Pre-employment physical required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. (NARRATIVE RESPONSES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS):


Physical Effort: Required to perform work requiring light to heavy effort. Subject to continuous standing and walking and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling and bending. Walking is usually indoors but occasionally outdoors in inclement weather. Frequently lifts or moves objects weighing up to 40 lbs. (e.g., heavy trays). Scours and scrubs large cooking utensils. Pushes heavy carts weighing up to 500 lbs.

Work Conditions: Work is primarily performed in kitchen areas where the steam and heat from cooking and dish washing equipment often cause 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. 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 freezer units. Must sort through the remains of patient meal service handling garbage and dirty dishes. Subject to multiple odors: cooking, grease, garbage and chemicals. May be subjected to hostility, anger and inappropriate behavior of patients and receive undeserved criticism from patients or staff outside Nutrition and Food Services yet must display a calm and courteous attitude.

Works on patient wards when delivering meal trays and nourishments or retrieving meal trays. Required to wear proper hair covering (hairnet or hat dependent on length of hair, beard-guard) and clean uniform. Maintains personal hygiene. Wears clean gloves when handling food for service to maximize sanitation of food. Wears personal protective equipment (PPE) for certain tasks following standard procedures.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.

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; religious; 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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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.

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

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (801)582-1565.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

Salary Range: $12.36 to $14.42 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-7408-02/02

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452914500

Job Announcement Number: ANS-16-MS-1814365-BU