Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Food Service Worker WG 4 in Manchester, New Hampshire

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Manchester, NH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1818715

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?

“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”


The incumbent performs a variety of duties related to inpatient nutrition services. The work involves final review of diet trays before delivery to patients assembled by lower grade worker completeness, correct food temperature, and compliance with prescribed diet; preparation and serving of specialized food and beverages; limited food preparation to assist cooks; and dishwashing and cleaning tasks.

Work Schedule:Full-time position. *Variable work shifts. Shift may vary. 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. * In the event of coverage issues, the candidate who fills this position must be available for any shift as needed. Includes weekends and holidays.

*Position Description Title/PD#: *Food Service Worker, PD#608-00190-A


• Current permanent VA employees including permanent Manchester Veterans Canteen Service employees. • Veterans eligible under a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA). • Veterans eligible as 30% or more disabled Veterans. • Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). • Those eligible under the Employment Program for People with Disabilities (Schedule A).

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.
  • Pre-employment physical exam
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • USA Jobs resume or resume that meets criteria for federal employment
  • Notice of Personnel Action (SF 50) with salary info--Federal employees only

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

EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have one or more years of specialized experience equivalent to the WG-03 level in the federal service. Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of Food Service Worker duties. Examples of experience may include:Performing work in a tray-serving unit. Inspecting trays for completeness and accuracy. Preparing bulk, individual nourishments and tube feeding using computer generated lists. Following directions in measuring, weighing, or mixing ingredients. Using portion control scales amd measuring devices to apportion items according to recipes. Assembling, labeling and arranging completed recipe items in prepatation for use by cooks. Delivering nourishments to patients. Providing patients with basic information about modified diets.

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 elements for this position is:*Ability to do the job of a Food Service Worker 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. Knowledge of food service work practices

  2. Knowledge of sanitation regulations

  3. Knowledge of regular, modified and special diets in order to check menu for compliance with prescribed diets

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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 EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: He/she is subject to continuous standing and walking and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling and bending. He/she frequently carries trays and lifts or moves food containers weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted. In addition, he is required to perform heavy work such as scouring and scrubbing large-size cooking utensils and pushing heavy food carts. Occasionally lifts over 40 pounds with assistance.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is performed in kitchen areas where the steam and heat from cooking and dishwashing equipment often cause uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity. The work area is well-lit but usually noisy from food service activities. 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 freezing units.


Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, 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 receive a final notification once a 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.

Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

After the vacancy announcement closes, your materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualification and area of consideration requirements for this vacancy. You will be informed via E-mail whether or not you meet these requirements. If qualified, you will also be notified if you are referred to the hiring official. If referred, you will be contacted directly by the hiring department if you have been selected for an interview (not all candidates are always interviewed). If selected for the vacancy, you will receive a phone call. If another candidate is selected, you will be informed via E-mail. Every effort is made to complete the selection process within 30 days of the announcement closing date.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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.

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 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.

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

Salary Range: $16.47 to $19.21 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-7408-04/04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Please refer to Who May Apply

Control Number: 452563000

Job Announcement Number: JT-17-VIC-1818715-BU