Food Service Worker

Department Of Veterans Affairs Battle Creek , MI 49017

Posted 2 months ago

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The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Food Service Worker. The Food Service Worker will function in Nutrition and Food Service.

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  • Reviews worksheets and menus to identify food items, portion sizes and number of portions needed.

  • Sets up and replenishes serving lines with dishware, napkins, condiments, and hot and cold food items.

  • Sets up and serves on tray line stations, reading menu, diet cards and/or tray tickets and placing food items listed.

  • Serves cafeteria-style, portions food for customers according to menu, tray tickets, and/or preferences.

  • Identifies discrepancies between the prescribed diets and the food items designated on the menu, tray ticket or by the patient preferences.

  • Reports discrepancies to a supervisor or dietitian.

  • Decides what food items to serve for common diets (such as mechanical, low sodium, carbohydrate-controlled and liquid diets.

  • Determines appropriate food items for modified diets and serving tray/meal items using point of service style meal service or tray service.

  • Guides lower-grade employees when they are unfamiliar with serving appropriate items for a modified diet and when there is no diet card, tray ticket or other guidance.

  • Ensures that tray and food carts are at proper temperature prior to meal service.

  • Records temperatures of food and equipment and reporting discrepancies.

  • Washes, peels and cuts fruit and vegetables by hand or machine.

  • Assembles and mixes salad ingredients, dessert items, portions, plates and garnishes salads, desserts and beverages.

  • Assembles sandwiches and cold plates for nourishment and meals. Covering, labeling, dating and storing leftovers.

Work Schedule: Shifts include 5:30 am

  • 2:00 pm and 11: 00 am

  • 7:30 pm: Shift will be determined at selection. Hours may be rotated and extended based upon the needs of our medical center and our Veterans.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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

  • 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 of the closing date listed on the 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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C.

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 questions. The screen-out element for this position is the ability to do the work of the WG-01 Food Service Worker without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

Dexterity and Safety

Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)


Technical Competence

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.

Physical Requirements:The duties of the position involve continuous standing, walking, frequent bending, reaching, pushing and pulling. Lifting or moving objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted, and occasionally lifts or moves objects weighing more than 40 pounds with assistance of a lifting device or other workers. Manipulates cumbersome, heavy objects; operates equipment, handles knives and blades and utilizes hand-eye coordination.

Working Conditions: The incumbent performs work in areas of extremes of temperature. Work is carried out in kitchen / dish room areas that are often hot and uncomfortable. Environment includes exposure to extreme cold while working in walk-in refrigerators and freezers. Is exposed to steam, cooking odors, and noise from equipment and conversation. Is subject to hazards of cuts, bruises, strains, burns and falls in kitchen environment. Uses strong cleaning and sanitizing solutions which may be skin and respiratory irritants frequently. Performs work in patient care settings where there may be exposure to contagious disease. May have contact with patients who demonstrate verbally and /or physical aggressive behavior.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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