Housekeeping Aid

Expiring today

Perry Point, Maryland
Feb 23, 2021
Mar 03, 2021
Full Time


This position is in the Environmental Management Department at VA Maryland Health Care System. The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System is a dynamic and progressive health care organization dedicated to providing quality, compassionate and accessible care and service to Maryland's veterans.
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Duties include but not limited to The applicant functions as a Housekeeping Aid with in Environmental Management Service programs. The applicant works in a variety of patient and non-patient care areas to provide a health healing environment. The primary purpose of this position it to provide cleaning services including but not limited to inpatient and outpatient care areas, research, clinical laboratories, outside grounds, administrative work spaces and other hospital work areas throughout the VAMHCS. The applicant is scheduled for weekends, Holidays and unscheduled hours. Applicant receives daily assignments from his/her or another assigning supervisor, work leader or other designated personnel in charge. Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Maintain floors, walls, ceiling, doors, baseboards and stairwells by sweeping, dust mopping, damp mopping, scrubbing, stripping, refinishing, polishing and vacuuming
  • Empty trash cans and waste baskets; replace liner and carrying refuse and trash to central locations
  • Utilize cleaning chemicals according to ratio direction and adhering to safety precautions
  • Move and arrange furniture, vacuum and shampoo carpets
  • Discharge cleaning of patient beds, change bed linen and towels,
  • Receive clean linen, delivering same as directed
  • Collect soiled linen for transport from facility
  • Maintaining acceptable sanitation standards in assigned area(s) in accordance with medical center policy
  • Report any safety or fire hazards to immediate supervisor
  • Perform assigned duties without causing avoidable interference to patient care
  • Maintain good public relations by being courteous, tactful, and diplomatic in all contact with patients, visitors, and staff
NOTE: Some computer experience is preferred; however, it not a requirement for the position as a Housekeeping Aid.
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.

Work Schedule: Varied shifts to include evenings, nights, weekends, and holiday (subject to change based on the needs of the agency)
Position Description Title/PD#: Housekeeping Aid / 12120A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Most recent SF-50/Member 4 copy DD-214 and/or Civil Service Preference letter


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/03/2021.

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 Federal Wage System Qualification Standards .

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 Job Elements:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Likelihood of Success
  • Special Aptitude - Housekeeping Work
  • Work Practices

Likelihood of success in assignments which require interest, motivation, and readiness to do simple work
Ability to handle weights and loads
Special Aptitude - Ability to use and maintain housekeeping tools and equipment
Ability to operate with dexterity and safety


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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Be able to lift various items up to 50 lbs. Items include, but are not limited to: heavy trash, furniture, clean linen, soiled linen, contaminated/ infectious / biohazard waste, chemotherapy and radioactive waste, as well as other materials that they may come in contact with. Additionally incumbent may be required to lift heavy containers such as stripper/finish and other supplies in large, heavy containers. Must be able to apply and demonstrate proper lifting techniques and body mechanics to safely handle/dispose of these materials. Must be able to apply and demonstrate safe handling of spills of these and other hazardous waste materials that they may come in contact with. Eye acuity to identify soiled items is required by the incumbent. Must push, pull, load and unload carts, bend, stoop, twist and turn with moderate effort, climb ladders to change cubical curtains, clean out light fixture and clean windows and other high surfaces. Must be able to negotiate small spaces to clean.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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.

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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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 .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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.

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.

Financial disclosure not required.

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

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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