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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Food Service Worker in Des Moines, Iowa

Summary As a WG-2 Food Service Worker you will carry out assignments both with and without direct supervision. The primary purpose of this work is to support meal service in the Food Service department, pass trays and nourishments to Veteran patients, utilize the dish machine to wash and sanitize plates and dishes, and to assist with maintaining sanitation standards throughout the kitchen. Responsibilities This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be June 1, 2021. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Duties may include, but are not limited to: Works on the trayline during meal service to assist with the preparation of meal trays, which may include placing items on trays such as silverware, domes, and beverages. Passes trays and nourishments to Veterans patients, following patient safety standards, and using excellent customer service skills to assist patients with meal service. Picks up soiled trays and dirty dishes, returning them to the kitchen, and washing and sanitizing them using dish machine equipment. Scrubs, washes, and sanitizes pots and pans. Assists with rotation of stock, checking dates on food products, such as milk cartons. Places food items on patient tray according to the patient tray ticket, and places other non-food items on trays, such as silverware, napkins, dome covers, and other needed items. Takes and records temperatures of foods and equipment. Completes washing and sanitizing of dishes, pans, silverware. Assembles and operates dish machine including unloading and breaking down trays from meal carts, breaking down trays, loading dish machine using established process, and removing clean items from dish machine. Scrubs, soaks, and scours the heavier cooking utensils such as mixing bowls and pots and pans. Disassembles dish machine for preventative maintenance and cleaning by following established procedure, and cleans/sanitizes dish washing area. Records temperatures shown on dish machine wash/rinse gauges and follows lock out tag out guidelines. Follows task sheets created for assigned area. Completes delivery of meals and ensures all clean up tasks completed. Works on trayline in loader positions and assists with clean-up of tray assembly area by sanitizing work areas, putting away food. Assists in other areas including delivery of nourishments, etc. as assigned. Prepares and portions individual and bulk supplemental feedings for patients according to nourishment order; attaches labels to individual feedings; deliver feedings to appropriate nursing stations, patient bedsides or storage areas. Follows directions in assembling, measuring, weighing or mixing ingredients. Uses portion control scales and measuring devices to portion individual items according to standardized recipes. Follows proper food handling guidelines, utilizing equipment such as microwave, ovens, hot holding case, refrigerators, steam tables, etc. May complete minimal cooking preparation as needed, such as preparing sandwiches, toasting bread. Work Schedule: 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., 5 days a week, rotating Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker WG-7408-2 / 99921-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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 SafetyFollow DirectionsHandle Weights and LoadsReliability And DependabilitySpecial Aptitude - Food Service WorkWork 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. Education 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.