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Job Title:  Cook, WG-7404-06
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CD-13-PQ875226 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$17.56 to $20.48 / Per Hour
Friday, April 12, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Busby, MT United StatesView Map
Fort Yates, ND United StatesView Map
Lower Brule, SD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.


The Office of Justice Services (OJS), within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is searching for individuals to serve as a Cook for the Division of Corrections.  Do you have experience in planning meals and preparing food? Are you knowledgeable about the proper sanitation and storage of food?   If so, this may be the perfect position for you!

Salary Information:  WG-6:  $17.56 – $20.48 per hour.  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

Cooks are needed at the following locations:

2 - Lower Brule Detention facility in Lower Brule, SD

1 - Standing Rock Detention facility in Fort Yates, ND

1 - Northern Cheyenne Juvenile Detention Facility in Busby, MT


This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.  The position has a full performance level of WG-6.


This position is being advertised concurrently with CD-13-PQ875228 (MP) using Merit Promotion procedures.  Status applicants who wish to be considered under both merit promotion and competitive examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement.


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Whom May Apply

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Indian Preference eligibles


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • Travel is not required
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit


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The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

·        Perform a wide variety of food processing and cooking tasks to prepare regular and special diet entrees. 

·        Ensures the proper procedures are used in the storage and handling of food.

·        Plan meal preparations and processes to ensure food is done on time and at the right temperature.

·        Instruct the Food Service Worker in the receipt, check or issuance of subsistence and on subsistence items, as well as the proper handling and storage of food.

·        Maintain accurate food inventories and rotate stock items to prevent spoilage.


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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:  Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the OPM Standards.  For this position, they are listed below.


The applicant must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations.  The applicant must have sufficient training and experience to be trusted to perform duties on their own initiative under general supervision.


While no specific amount of experience is required, you must show that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.


The approved job elements for this occupation are:

1.  Ability to perform the duties of a Cook without more than normal supervision

2.  Ability to use tools and maintain equipment

3.  Work practices

4.  Technical Practices

5.  Knowledge of materials

6.  Ability to interpret instructions

7.  Dexterity and Safety


EDUCATION:  To qualify based on education, submit a copy of your transcripts with your application.


PHYSICAL  REQUIREMENTS:  Work requires continual standing and walking, and frequent stooping, reaching pushing and pulling, and bending.  Frequently lifts or moves objects weighing over 40 pounds with the assistance of lifting devices or other workers.


WORKING CONDITIONS:  The work is performed in kitchen areas, which are well lighted but are often hot and noisy.  The incumbent is exposed to steam, fumes, and odors from cooking to extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigeration or freezing units.  There is a danger of slipping on wet floors that have been recently mopped or where food has been spilled.  Subject to possible cuts from knives and burns from steam, hot foods, stoves, and hot grease and water.


SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


DRIVING RECORD REQUIREMENT:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


DRUG TESTING:  This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, May 15, 2013.   Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Education: If this position requires specific educational coursework to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.  Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above.  You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

How You Will Be Evaluated:  We will review your resume (and transcript(s) if applicable), to ensure you have met the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the questionnaire.


BASIS OF RATING:  As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


·         Knowledege of food preparation and procedures

·         Knowledge of sanitation and storage procedures

·         Ability to follow standardized recipes and cooking techniques

·         Skill in physical ability


Applications will be reviewed after the closing date of Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  Qualified applicants will be rated based on their possession of the knowledge and experience requirements identified under the "Qualifications" section.  Candidates rated as best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.




Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:


1.            Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile

2.            Your responses to the online questionnaire

3.            Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement


Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and all other required documentation.

INDIAN PREFERENCE:  This position is subject to the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (25 U.S.C. 472).  Priority in selection will be given to Indian candidates who present proof of eligibility for Indian preference.  BIA Form 4432 must be provided with the application of a candidate who claims Indian preference.


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This agency participates in the standard Federal benefits program described here:

In addition to the Federal benefits offered to all employees, we also offer:

·         Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year

·         Variety of available work schedules 

·         Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $125 per month for mass transportation expenses



CTAP:  Current Department of the Interior employees who have not yet been separated but are identified as surplus or displaced due to reduction-in-force, transfer of function, or directed reassignment to a new commuting area, may be eligible for priority selection for this vacancy under CTAP.

ICTAP:  Competitive service employees from a Federal agency (either within or outside of Interior) who have already been involuntarily separated due to one of the reasons identified here may be eligible for priority consideration under ICTAP. 

In order to receive priority consideration, you must submit proof of eligibility (Certificate of expected separation, proposed removal for failure to relocate, RIF Notice, SF-50 documenting your RIF or removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity determination, etc.) with your application package.  In addition, you must be rated at 85 or above or placed into at least the "well qualified" category under category rating procedures.  For complete information about CTAP and ICTAP, click here.


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  1. Click "Apply Online" to the right.
  2. Log-in to USAJOBS and follow the instructions to submit your resume.  Note:  If you have not already created a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one.  This will also involve creating a resume in the USAJOBS system.
  3. After submitting your resume, enter your Application Manager username and password when prompted.  If you do not have an Application Manager username, you will need to create one.
  4. Complete the questionnaire in Application Manager.  To preview the questions, click here:  View Assessment Questions
  5. Upload all other documents listed in the "Required Documents" section below.  If you do not have certain documents electronically, you may fax them using the instructions below.
  6. Submit your application.  You will receive confirmation if your application has been properly submitted.



  1. Complete the fax coversheet provided here:  The vacancy identification number for this position is:  875226
  2. Fax your documents to 478-757-3144.  Please note, if you do not use the coversheet provided above,  your documents will not be properly processed.
  3. After two business days, verify receipt of your faxed documents by logging into your Application Manager account at


The following documents are REQUIRED for this position:
  1. Resume showing relevant experience
  2. On-line Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Transcripts (if applicable)
  4. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
  5. BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference), link:

REMINDER:  ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (Wednesday, May 15, 2013).  If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted.  Please double check your application package BEFORE you submit it.


Human Resources
Phone: (703)390-6420
Agency Information:
AS IA Human Resources
Reston, VA


If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages.

A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes.  You will be notified by letter or email of your status.  Please allow approximately 2 to 4 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you.

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