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Job Title: Food Service Worker
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Reno, NV
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/03/2018
Expire Date: 04/04/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Restaurant and Food Service, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Food Service Worker

This position works for the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, Nevada within the Nutrition and Food Service. The incumbent performs duties that requires proficiency in special procedures. Requires a broad knowledge of service operations, such as food preparation, dishwashing, dry and refrigerated storage, and food and beverage. Decides what food items to serve for the most common diets when the tray tickets identifies only the kind of diet ordered. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Make the final check of diet trays assembled by lower grade workers for completeness, correct food temperature, and to verify that food items on the tray are appropriate for the prescribed diet.
  • Conduct the daily patient census by distributing menus to patients.
  • Provide patients with basic information about modified diets, such as explaining to a patient on a sodium restricted diet that canned vegetables must be eaten in moderation because they are typically high in salt, or telling a patient on a diabetic diet that,according to the exchange lists, cheese may be substituted for meat.
  • Prepare individual and bulk nourishments and special feedings for patients.
  • Follow directions in assembling, measuring, weighing, or mixing ingredients for basic formulas and other supplemental feedings.
  • Distribute individual nourishments to appropriate patients or nursing stations.
  • Apply special sanitary techniques in preparing formulas and tube feedings such as sterilizing equipment and sanitizing work areas.
  • Weigh and measure food items and recipe ingredients.
  • Use portion control scales and measuring devices to apportion individual items according to standardized recipes.
  • Assemble, label, and arrange completed recipe items in preparation for use by cooks.

Work schedule: Full Time, 40 hours per week, varying shifts, including weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker, PD # 04588-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Note: This position is covered under the bargaining unit

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/26/2018.

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.

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:

  • 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 EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: Required to perform heavy work, such as scouring and scrubbing large-size cooking utensils and pushing heavy carts and trucks in unloading, storing, and delivering supplies. Subject to continuous standing and walking and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling and bending. May be required to work on ladders and use powered cleaning equipment. Frequently lift or move objects weighting 18 kilograms (40 pounds) and occasionally lift or move objects weighing more than 60 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in the kitchen areas. Steam and heat from cooking and dishwashing equipment often causes uncomfortably high temperatures and uncomfortable high humidity. Work area is well lighted and noise from food service activities. Danger of slipping on floors where food or beverages have been dropped. Regularly exposed to hit liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces and extreme temperature changes when entering into walk-in refrigeration or freezing units.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 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.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/26/2018.

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.

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:

  • 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.
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