Food Service Worker

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 05, 2021
Food Service, Server
Full Time


This position serves as a Food Service Worker performing duties that requires knowledge of food service operations and advanced food delivery systems including food preparation, food portioning, tray assembly, delivery and pick up, washing and sanitation at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center under Nutrition and Food Service.

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Duties will include, but may not be limited to the following:
  • Works on tray line as assembler, beverage server, or loader at meal times, or as server on milk/juice station;
  • Sets-up and replenishes serving stations with supplied, food and beverages, dishware, and serving utensils; maintains cleanliness of assigned area;
  • Transports tray delivery carts to wards and serves patients'; collects patient trays after meals;
  • Washes, peels, slices, dices, shreds, and cuts fruit and vegetables by hand or machine for cooking and salad preparation; assembles and plates cold food and beverage items of correct portioning;
  • Performs general and heavy cleaning duties in kitchen (i.e., Dish machine area, pot and pan area, storerooms, refrigerators/freezers, dining rooms, trash/heavy garbage cans) using appropriate cleaning agents and cleaning equipment; and dismantles and cleans cleaning equipment;
  • Transports, unloads and rotates stock;
  • Performs other related duties assigned.
Work Schedule: Part-Time, 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, rotating weekends and holidays
Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/51335-A
Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate to heavy physical effort. The employee is subject to continuous standing/walking; frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. Frequent lifting of objects weighing up 40 pounds unassisted and occasional lifting of objects weighing more than 40 pounds assisted is required. It also requires pushing loaded tray carts weighting up to 900 pounds.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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

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
  • Handle Weights and Loads
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Special Aptitude - Food Service Work
  • Technical Practices
  • Without more than normal supervision
  • Work Practices

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at .

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 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.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, 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.


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Documents Accepted:
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Other (1)
  • Resume

Documents Required:
  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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