Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Housekeeping Aid in Bay Pines, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
10 vacancies in the following location:
  • Bay Pines, FL
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Permanent

Opened Monday 9/19/2016 (35 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1800680

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?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: By law, Housekeeping Aid positions are restricted to those entitled to Veterans' Preference. Not all military Veterans have Veterans' Preference. If you served during wartime or a military campaign OR if you are a service-connected disabled Veteran you are most likely eligible for preference. Candidates entitled to Veterans' preference will be considered first. We will only consider other candidates not entitled to Veterans' preference when our supply of preference candidates is depleted.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Housekeeping Aid positions are restricted by law to Preference Eligible Veterans. Please view the Vet Guide for definition of Preference Eligible Veterans at

"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.

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


This position is located in the Environmental Management Service (EMS), of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines , FL. As a Housekeeping Aid, your duties will include, but not be limited to:

•Reports directly to an assigned Supervisor or Manager, of a designated area(s). Require to work on weekends and off-tour shift depending upon the needs of the facility.

• Responsible for the specialized cleaning techniques in critical areas to include but not be limited to operating rooms, recovery rooms, and medical and surgical intensive care units, life support observation and treatment rooms, the Ambulatory Care Clinics, MRI, Dialysis suites , and the sterile areas such as Sterile Processing Service (SPS).

• Select and uses special cleaning agents and germicidal solutions to remove stains from a variety of surfaces and to provide a safe Medical Center environment. Operating power cleaning equipment such as; automatic scrubbing machines, buffers, carpet cleaning machines, Industrial vacuums, etc.

•Empting trash and waste baskets, replacing liners. Transport general refuse, regulated medical waste and recycling to a central collection area following established procedures for waste management. Collecting, transporting, and properly disposing of various types of general and medical waste materiel including "Sharps" container

•Performing daily cleaning tasks, such as, dust mopping, damp mopping, cleaning patient exam areas, patient rooms, and restrooms to include urinals, commodes, sinks, floors etc., refilling dispensers and cleaning offices of all types

•Performing specific cleaning task in accordance with established policies and procedures. Periodic tasks as per a predetermined schedule. These tasks may include, but are not limited to, changing curtains, cleaning windows and blinds and cleaning equipment such as wheelchair, beds, gurneys etc.

•Performing operator maintenance and ensuring security of equipment placed in their care. This task may include; cleaning of equipment, replacement of filters, brushes and recharging of batteries, etc.

•Responsible for having a familiarity of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

•Responsible for sweeping or using back pack blowers on Parking lots. Courtyards, building entrances, may work alone of with others housekeepers. Cleaning tasks outside the normal scope of work such as trash removal from the outside entry ways and cleaning sidewalks.

•May be trained in safe operations of pressure washer to assist in pressure cleaning of various outside areas. The selectee candidate will also perform other duties related to work of the position as necessary or assigned.

Work Schedule: You may be assigned various work schedules: Possible work schedules include:

Monday thru Friday: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Monday thru Friday: 3:30pm - Midnight

Saturday thru Wednesday: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Wednesday thru Sunday: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Monday thru Friday: Midnight -8:30am

Thursday thru Monday: Midnight - 8:30am

Saturday and Sunday: 3:30pm - Midnight, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: Midnight - 8:30pm

Position Description Title/PD #* 516-04182A*

*Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.*

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.

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 Custodian or 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 including keeping things neat, clean and in order.*

* 2. Ability to operated power cleaning equipment (e.g., vacuums, carpet cleaning machines, buffers, etc.)*

* 3. Ability to work safely in an environment with varying levels of safety hazards*.

* 4. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications.*

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).]

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 50 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.

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

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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. This Job is open continuous until 12/30/2016 or until Vacancies are fill. Human Resources will select the eligible Preference Veterans every 3 weeks after announcement is open and continue with this practice until Vacancies are fill.

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:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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: $11.42 to $13.32 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-3566-02/02

Promotion Potential: 02

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to Preference Eligible Veterans

Control Number: 450668700

Job Announcement Number: NY-16-AMA-1800680-BU