Incumbent works primarily in the food service and production areas. 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 Follow Directions Food Service 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. ["Qualified applicants will be invited to the St. Louis VA Hiring Event on April 1, 2023 for interviews, selection, and pre-employment initiation. Duties and Responsibilities include: Set up assigned station with the correct supplies and food items. Serve food cafeteria style by placing uniform portions of food on customers'/patients'/residents' plates. Break down and clean the station when assigned. Set up dining room tables for service, place food and beverages on tables, and replenish items as necessary. Return soiled trays and dishes to the dish room. Serves food according to a written menu or diet card on a tray assembly line or in a cafeteria setting. Places correct food item on tray according to diet requirements. Provides assistance to patients requiring help with meal service. Serves correct portion sizes and prepares a sample plate with correct portions prior to meal service. Sets up assigned station on the tray line or cafeteria with the correct supplies and food items and breaks down/cleans area after the serving period. Adheres to meal service schedules. Delivers and collects trays after meal service; works in dish room, scraping, washing and stacking dishes and sorting silverware. Accomplishes routine and special cleaning of equipment. Weighs and prepares vegetables and fruits for use in the production kitchen according to written directions; assembles salads, desserts and sandwich fillings according to standardized recipes. Plates salads and desserts accurately. Interprets computerized reports to prepare needed amounts of vegetables, salads and desserts. Assembles supplemental feedings according to patient diet orders. Assists in training new or lower grade employees. Provides relief coverage for lower and higher graded positions. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating days and shifts, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker /4099A Food Service Worker / PD04091A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Bargaining Unit: Eligible Duty Station: We currently recruiting for positions at Jefferson Barracks and John Cochran Divisions. The duty station may be changed at any time to any VASTLHCS location, based on the needs of the medical center. Physical Requirements: Work requires light to moderate physical effort. They 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. They are 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. They frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 20 pounds unassisted and occasionally lift or move objects weighing more than 40 pounds with the assistance of others. 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. Food service workers are regularly exposed to hot liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, and extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigeration or freezing units."]
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