Food Service Worker - #19544400

Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: Apr 8, 2021
City: Martinsburg, WV
Contract type: Full time
Department of Veterans Affairs

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This position is located in Nutrition and Food Service at the Martinsburg Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center. A Food Service Worker, WG-7408-04 performs duties that require proficiency in special procedures and a broad knowledge of service operations, such as food preparation, cooking, dishwashing, dry and refrigerated storage, and food and beverage serving.

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Duties for the Food Service Worker, WG-7408-04, include but not limited to:

  • Selects and places food items on patient trays and performs the final check for accuracy.

  • Prepares individual and bulk nourishment and special feeding for patient.

  • Prepares desserts, salads, sandwiches, and convenience type food items according to diet order and recipes.

  • Weigh and measure food items according to recipes.

  • Use portion control scales and measuring devices to apportion individual items according to standardized recipes.

  • Utilize the computer system to label, print menu, preparing tray tickets for meal service, and coordinating Supplemental Feeding Orders, standing orders and other diet report.

  • Check Inventory.

  • Review orders, using knowledge in simple medical terminology/abbreviation to interpret prescription/diet orders.

  • Assist with patient and/or guest tray delivery, restocking of service line, meal tray retrieval and sanitation procedures as assigned.

  • Ensure special procedures and sanitation required in preparing of tube feedings to prevent bacterial contamination.

  • Ensure proper body mechanics and ergonomics in order to work safely.

  • Ensure safe handling of all food.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Schedule may include evenings, holiday, and weekends; Schedule subject to change to meet the needs of the service

Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/PD99836S

Physical Requirements: Wage Grade 4 Food Service Workers perform work requiring 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. 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.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

7408 Food Service Working

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation

  • May serve a probationary period

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.

  • 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.

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:

  • The ability to do the work of a Food Service Worker, WG-7408-04, without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)

  • Dexterity and Safety

  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)

  • Materials

  • Technical Practices

  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

  • 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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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