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Job Title:Cook

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-612-13-816620AP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$11.51 to $13.43 / Per Hour


Monday, December 31, 2012 to Monday, January 21, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Mather AFB, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 816620 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES:  You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.”  Failure to provide all required documents/information will results in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.


Special Employment Consideration:  Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.



On-Call:  Yes

Rotating Shifts:  Yes 

Required to work Holidays and/or weekends:  Yes

WORK SCHEDULE:  10:30am to 7:00pm

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  Non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes




  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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Incumbent performs a full range of cooking tasks in any of the following areas:  kitchen, grill area, or food specialty shops.  The incumbents primary role involves the preparation, cooking, presentation, and serving of meals and other food items.  These items may include:  pancakes, eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, French fries, onion rings, hamburgers, cheese burgers, fish sandwiches, chicken, chicken sandwiches, and other grill items prepared from the frill and/or fryer.  Prepares additional items such as hash browns, French toast, fresh and canned vegetables, hot cereal, soups, sauces, gravies, etc., for serving from the steam table during peak periods.  Prepares sandwiches, salads, or other food specialties.  The incumbent mixes ingredients and cooks and presents food items according to precisely written recipes and/or VCS food standards.  Operates a variety of kitchen equipment which utilize gas, electric, steam, or microwave hear sources.  Cleans and uses a variety of cooking utensils required to measure, weigh, and process food items.  Incumbent follows established sanitation procedures when handling food and ensures that foods are stored at the correct temperatures.  Incumbent performs final check of diet trays for completeness and to verify that food items on trays are appropriate for the prescribed diet.  Incumbent uses a computer to input and receive data, i.e. processing diet changes and all other material related to patients diets in the diet office.  Relieves for the Food Service Supervisor when necessary, assigns and organizes daily work assignments, ensuring a smooth, transitional work environment.  Note: Frequently lifts or moves items weighing up to 40 pounds, and occasionally 40 pounds or more.  The work involves virtually constant standing, walking, reaching and stooping.


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  •  Citizenship  -  Must be citizen of the United States
  •  Education    -  High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)




EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Three (3) months general work experience, preferably in a cafeteria and/or fast food environment that provided the basic principles and concepts used in all functional areas of a food service operation.  Knowledge of food handling (infection, sanitation and spoilage) control procedures. Working knowledge of methods and procedures related to food preparation, and ability to apply such information to cook a variety of prepared foods. Ability to read and interpret instructions, and perform simple calculations used in food preparation and maintain established customer service standards.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:  Requires constant standing, walking, and frequent bending.  Must be able to lift or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.


SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT:  Those 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 then rated against the remainder of the questions.


You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:


1.    Working knowledge of methods and procedures relating to food preparation and ability to apply such information to cook a variety of prepared foods (Screen-Out Element)


2.     Ability to perform basic arithmetic computations.


3.     Ability to use and care for kitchen utensils and equipment.


4.     Knowledge of proper food handling and sanitation procedures.


5.  Dexterity and safety in food service work.



Educational Requirements:  High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, and fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.






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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


NOTE: This additional information pertains only to those positions being filled as a temporary position. Temporary employees are eligible to earn leave and are covered by Social Security and unemployment compensation, but do not receive the other fringe benefits provided to career civil service employees.  Current law allows temporary employees to purchase health insurance after they have one year of temporary service, but the employee must pay the full cost with no Government contribution.  Employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Government Life Insurance program or the Federal Employees Retirement System. 

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

 Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:


  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 816620.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 21, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:


  1. 1.  CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format.  Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume.  If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent forming each title's duties. (required).
  2. 2.  Occupational Questionnaire (required)
  3. 3.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment, signed and dated.  (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  4. 5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  5. 6.  All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA:  "Notification of Personnel Action" (SF-50's) documenting permanent status (career or career- conditional), promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50 (required).

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES:  You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.”  Failure to provide all required documents/information will results in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.


Brooke Dowling
Phone: (925)372-2370
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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