Hampton, Virginia
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Food Service, Cook
Full Time

The duties include but are not limited to:
  • Weighs, measures, and assembles ingredients for regular and modified diets.
  • Cleans and sanitizes work areas, and performs deep cleaning tasks when needed.
  • Independently prepares and cooks a variety of food items for regular and modified/therapeutic diet needs, such as diabetic, low sodium, low protein, gluten free, etc.
  • Covers, dates, and stores food leftovers according to established local policies/procedures.
  • Develops and modifies standardized recipes.
  • Advises lower grade food service workers and cooks on tray assembly issues, dishwashing procedures, and quality control issues, such as plating techniques, tray arrangements, and practices to maintain temperatures and safety of food.
  • Follows sanitary food handling procedures.
Work Schedule, 5:30-2:00, 6:00-2:30, 7:00-3:30, weekends off
Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/PD99818A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/18/2022.

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
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • 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.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: The incumbent frequently lifts and moves items weighing 50 pounds or more. The work requires continuous bending, stooping, standing, or walking.

Working Conditions: The incumbent frequently works in disagreeable heat. Concrete and tile floors are tiring to walk on, and freshly scrubbed floors offer the danger of slipping. Burns from ovens and hot pans are a hazard. Injuries may result from use of powered equipment. Incumbent is exposed to extremes in temperatures when entering walk-in refrigerators from warm kitchens and proofing rooms. Performs work in areas of extreme temperatures, such as walk-in refrigeration or freezing units. Work is carried out in kitchen/dish room areas that are often hot, uncomfortable, and noisy. Environment includes exposure to extreme cold while working in walk-in refrigerators and freezers for extended periods of time to complete duties. Works with other cooks, food service workers and supervisors. Is exposed to steam, cooking odors, and noise from equipment and conversation and is subject to hazards of cuts, bruises, strains, burns and falls in kitchen environment. Uses strong cleaning and sanitizing solutions which may frequently be skin and respiratory irritants. Performs work in patient care settings where there may be exposure to contagious disease. May have contact with patients who demonstrate verbally and /or physical aggressive behavior. Required to wear proper hair covering and clean uniform. Wear disposable gloves when handling food for service and proper protective equipment when completing cleaning activities.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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

Financial disclosure not required.

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