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Food Service Worker

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Hampton
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

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Food Service Worker position is located in the VAMC Hampton within the Nutrition and Food Service.

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Duties Includes but not limited to:

  • Using proper cleaning solutions to sanitize food preparation surfaces.
  • Cleaning walk-in refrigerators and freezers in a food service or food handling organization.
  • Handling and storing sanitized dishes, glasses and silverware for public use.
  • Making sandwiches using prepared ingredients for cafeteria or buffet lines.
  • Portioning food items into standard serving sizes using the proper utensils and containers.
  • Assembling and tossing fresh fruit or green salads in large quantities for public consumption.
  • Brewing coffee in a restaurant/commercial size coffee maker.
  • Setting up glasses, silverware, dishes, trays and condiments in communal dining areas.
  • Scouring and scrubbing heavy cooking utensils such as mixing bowls and pots.
  • Performing heavy duty cleaning tasks such as ceilings and/or exhaust hoods.
  • Loading and operating a continuous conveyor belt feeding dishwasher.
  • Setting up cafeteria lines and/or steam-tables with hot and cold food items.
  • Standing/walking to clear tables and carrying trays of heavy dishes for several hours or more at a time.
  • Sweeping and mopping floors repetitively in high traffic areas such as corridors, entry ways, cafeterias and other areas.
  • Moving kitchen equipment such as stand mixers, weight scales and meat slicers to clean spaces behind and under such equipment.
  • Delivering meals, which may include hot foods and liquids, to patients' bedsides or patrons.
  • Emptying trashcans containing food scraps and waste.
  • Reading and understanding written material such as time and duty schedules.
  • Reading and following instructions with regard to safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals.
  • Reading and following instructions on menus, recipes, and/or basic work instructions.
  • Following label directions in using cleaning or disinfecting/sanitizing agents.
  • Applying sanitation principles to safeguard food against spoilage and waste.
  • Adhering to safety policies and procedures when performing manual work involving lifting, carrying, transporting and delivering food or other items.
  • Working quickly without accidents while at the same time being attentive to the quality of your work.
  • Recognizing typical health and safety hazards for yourself and other workers around you.
  • Working rapidly and accurately under the pressure of deadlines.

Work Schedule: Mon to Sun 5:30 am -2:00 pm OR 10:00 am -6:30 pm ; rotating days off

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Authorized Position

Description Title/PD#: FWS/99921A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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7408 Food Service Working

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • 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


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/17/2021.

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:

  • Follow Directions
  • Handle Weights and Loads
  • Reliability And Dependability
  • Special Aptitude - Food Service Work
  • 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: Incumbent is subject to continuous standing and walking, and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. Frequently lifts or moves objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Incumbent may be 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. May also be required to work on ladders and use powered cleaning equipment. Incumbent is required to push AMDS food cart which weighs approximately 500 pounds, and will require 12-pounds of force to initiate movement and also 7-pounds of force to keep the food cart rolling. The work is performed in kitchen areas where the steam and heat from cooking and dishwashing equipment often cause uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity. The work area is well lighted but usually noisy from food service activities, and there is danger of slipping on floors where food or beverages have been dropped. Incumbent is regularly exposed to hot liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, and extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigeration or freezing units.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Hampton , Food Service Worker, Other , Hampton, Virginia

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