Food Service Worker

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Lebanon, PA

Posted Date 1/15/2020
Description These positions are located within the Nutrition and Food Service at the Lebanon VA Medical Center in Lebanon, PA. The primary duties of the Food Service Worker position are to perform a variety of duties that are primarily concerned with food service or food preparation, or a combination of both.The major duties include but are not limited to:
  • Sets up and replenishes food service counters and steam tables with hot and cold foods;
  • Serves food cafeteria style;
  • Prepares service stands by setting up condiments, silverware, and glassware for table service;
  • Sets tables;
  • Serves tables by placing food and beverages on tables;
  • Delivers trays to patients' bed side.
  • Prepares fruits and vegetables for cooking and serving;
  • Makes coffee, tea and other beverages;
  • Makes fruit and vegetable salads;
  • Cleans manual and electrical utensils;
  • Disposes of waste;
  • Washes dishes, pots, and pans;
  • Cleans dishwashing machine after use;
  • Unloads supply trucks and places supplies in proper storage area;
  • Cleans kitchen equipment, dining and storage areas, office, hallways, and latrines;
  • Waxes and buffs floors;
  • Maintains garbage collection areas; and,
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Rotating shifts: 6:00a.m. to 2:30p.m., 11:00a.m. to 7:30p.m. and every other weekend.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: The work of this position requires light to moderate physical effort with continuous standing and walking, and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. Frequently lifts or moves objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted. 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.

The work of this position 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 is usually noisy from food service activities, and there is danger of slipping on floors where food or beverages have been dropped. The person in this position is regularly exposed to hot liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, and extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigeration or freezing units. Required to wear protective shoes and gloves or other items required by food handling guides.


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications. For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Follow Directions
  • Handle Weights and Loads
  • Reliability And Dependability
  • Special Aptitude - Food Service Work
  • Work Practices


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

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