Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Housekeeping Aide (Evenings) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820761

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) is recruiting for Housekeeping Aides to serve as members of the Environmental Management Service (EMS). The Housekeeping Aide position performs a full range of cleaning and sanitation work through-out the hospital, under the general supervision of the Housekeeping Aide Foreman, who schedules assignments and spot checks work for compliance with quality and performance standards. As a key member of the hospital housekeeping staff, you will be an integral member of a team devoted to providing the best possible care to our nation's veterans.

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

This position is restricted to Veterans Preference eligibles (5 U.S.C. 3310; 5 CFR Part 330, Subpart D).*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.


The Housekeeping Aide performs a full range of cleaning and sanitation work through-out the hospital, following general instructions on work to be done.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Wall washing

  • Interior and exterior window cleaning

  • Room cleaning

  • Floor care (dusting, mopping, scrubbing, vacuuming)

  • Cleaning fans, blinds, shades, screens, mirrors, doors, and partitions

  • Cleaning and sanitizing restrooms, toilet bowls, urinals, showers, tubs, elevators, stairwells, entrances, lobbies, porches, and hallways

  • Dusting furnishings in administrative and non-housekeeping areas

  • Emptying waste and recycling receptacles

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 4:00 pm to 1230 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Housekeeping Aide / WG-01 #60218A; WG-02 #60217A

Bargaining Unit: AFGE - American Federation of Government Employees

Probationary Period: A one-year probationary period may be required

FLSA: This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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.
  • Subject to a physical examination.
  • 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.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 appears as Question 2 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirements 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 Aide 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:





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: 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Pushing; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking; Standing; Kneeling; Repeated bending; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing without aid.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:Dust; Solvents (degreasing agents); Grease and oils; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working around machinery with moving parts; Working on ladders or scaffolding; Working with hands in water; Working closely with others.

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.

This position is restricted to Veterans Preference eligibles (5 U.S.C. 3310; 5 CFR Part 330, Subpart D).

If you are not sure of your Veterans Preference eligibility, visit the Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor.

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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.


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.

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

Salary Range: $14.73 to $18.83 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-3566-01/02

Promotion Potential: 02

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Veterans/Status candidates with veterans preference only

Control Number: 452812000

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-MPr-1820761-BU