Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Student Trainee (Food Service Worker) in Grand Junction, Colorado

Job Overview

Job Overview

OPEN ONLY TO: Students who are currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution. Applicants must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree. Applicants must provide proof of enrollment.

The city of Grand Junction, Colorado is the largest community between Denver and Salt Lake City sitting at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Just 28 miles from the Utah border the city is within reach of thousands of square miles of public lands to include Arches National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Grand Mesa National Forrest, and many more. The weather is mild throughout the year making for a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities to include camping, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, golfing, rafting, fishing, skiing, and much more. The metropolitan area is home to over 100,000 people with a diverse economy to include tourism, peach orchards, wineries, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, energy development, and retail. Colorado Mesa University is located in Grand Junction offering a wide range of degrees and educational opportunities. The Grand Junction VHCS is the home of the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, a world-leader in adaptive winter sports for U.S. military Veterans and active duty service members with disabilities. Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System:

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?1998884

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VHAGRJ-17JM269-199884

*This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. *The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit

Note: Applicants must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree. Applicants must provide proof of enrollment.


Duties include setting up starter/cold food stations for the tray assembly line; prepares beverages with appropriate utensils according to number of servings required; assembles and prepares fresh fruit or green salads, and cold sandwiches using prepared ingredients; portions other food items; serves on tray assembly line at starter/cold food stations placing condiments, beverages, and cold foods on trays in strict conformance with menu and diet card/tray tickets; delivers assembled trays to patients' bedside tables, or dining tables. Delivers bulk nourishments to units; inventories and replenishes the refrigerator according to established procedure and par level; breaks down and cleans work area and equipment during use and upon completion of assignment. Cleans, sanitizes equipment such as tables, tray delivery and retrieval carts, steam kettles, etc. Sorts, pre-rinses, soaks, scours, scrubs, and racks dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, pans, utensils, etc.

Work Schedule:* Rotating shifts and tours*Position Description Title/PD#: Student Trainee Food Service Worker/PD# 1234-A** **

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Be at least 18 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement).
  • Accepted for/Currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

*Student Internship Program: *To be eligible, applicants must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis in the area of degree for which the position is offered, i.e., culinary arts, nutrition.

Applicants must provide proof of enrollment: *(Proof of Enrollment & Official or Unofficial Transcripts)*

*PLEASE NOTE: * Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Incumbents work assignments require light to moderate physical activity, and heavy work such as scouring and scrubbing large size cooking utensils, pushing/pulling loaded tray carts to and from ward areas. Work on ladders and using powered cleaning equipment is required. There is continuous standing and walking with frequent bending, stooping, reaching, pushing and pulling. There is frequent moving and/or lifting of objects weighing up to 40 pounds, and, occasionally, over 50 pounds.

*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 or visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address notifying them of their application status. If no e-mail address is provided, you will receive this notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Those candidates who are referred to the hiring official for further consideration will be contacted if an interview is requested. Once a selection has been made and confirmed, all non-selected candidates will be notified of their non-selection.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered. Note: If selected for a Temporary Appointment (i.e. an appointment limited to one year or less):

You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are:

  • serving under an appointment limited to one year or less and you have not completed at least one year of current continuous employment, excluding any break in service of 5 days or less; or
  • expected to work less than 6 months in each year.

You are eligible for FEHB coverage if:

  • your full-time or part-time temporary appointment has a regular tour of duty and follows a position in which you were insured, with a break in service of no more than 3 days;
  • you are a Presidential appointee appointed to fill an unexpired term; or
  • your appointment follows, with a break in service of no more than 3 days, a position in which you were insured.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill current, additional, or anticipated vacancies as they occur.

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. In order to be eligible for employment under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule ‘A' hiring authority, applicants must provide documentation from a medical provider and provide a completed Standard Form 256 (SF-256) Self-Identification of Disability.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OPM website; "What does it mean when the vacancy announcement's Who May Apply section says "all sources" or "status applicants" and/or "reinstatement eligibles"?;=51f3399e-b862-4af5-84e7-11f4f0a3ec5f

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-12 to 2017-08-28

Salary: $12.36 to $14.42 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 02

Series: 7401 Miscellaneous Food Preparation and Serving

Appointment type: Other Student NTE Graduation

Work schedule: Part Time 20 hours

Job announcement number: VHAGRJ-17JM269-199884

Control number: 476784300