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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Food Service Worker) - Pathways Internship Program
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  EA-MPA-13-1006883

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$11.59 to $13.51 / Per Hour
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 to Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Part Time 15 hours - Excepted Service NTE NTE 1 YEAR
1 vacancy in the following location:
Topeka, KS View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Public Trust - Background Investigation


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1006883

OUR MISSION: 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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?1006883
This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program.  The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.  The Internship provides manager's a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.  It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion.  For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement).
  • Accepted for/Currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution.


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As a training employee, rotates duties in several units such as cafeteria, nourishment unit, salad unit, main kitchen, dining room, vegetable preparation area, and dish washing area. Performs a combination of the following duties under close supervision until routines are learned adequately:

  • Work in the dish room, scrapes trays and washes dishes;
  • Operate the dish machine;
  • Wash pots and pans and operates the utensil washer;
  • Assist with preparation of trays, delivers trays to patient bed sides, picks up and returns them to the kitchen after meals;
  • Assist with portioning nourishment and delivers nourishment to patients
  • In dining rooms, assists with trays or table service to patients seated at tables and assists those needing help;
  • Clean fruits and vegetables in preparation for salads, desserts or for cooking;
  • Receive training under close supervision in performing duties as assigned to FSW WG-2 to include: making toast, salad, etc.
  • Observe and learn to serve patients, beneficiaries and/or other meal recipients on cafeteria lines-dishing up salads and desserts;
  • Serve modified diets under very close supervision on tray and cafeteria lines and learn menu reading;
  • Assist with the clean up of any area assigned to;
  • Sweep and mop food service preparation areas;
  • Special cleaning of equipment;
  • Deliver supplies;
  • Haul trash;
  • Attend training classes as scheduled including those sponsored by Nutrition and Food Service or the Medical Center;
  • Give attention to on-the-job training provided for assigned duties


Work Schedule: rotating shifts to be determined; 15 hours per week

Position Description Title/PD#:  Student Trainee (Food Service Worker) PD#08706-TA 
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Internship Program:  To be eligible, applicants must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.

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 or OF-612. 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 Ability to do the job of a 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:

  1. Knowledge of work practices (cleanliness, neatness and sanitation in food service work).
  2. Ability to interpret instructions (read, understand and follow written and oral instructions, policies, etc.).
  3. Dexterity and safety in food service work. (Describe your ability to perform food service worker duties and to use tools, utensils and equipment with dexterity, speed and safety. Include details of any on the job accidents within the past five years).
  4. Ability to use and care for kitchen utensils and equipment.


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:  Food Service Worker: Ability to lift and carry heavy trays, dishes, and silverware weighing up to 30 pounds and occasionally up to 45 pounds. The ability to reach above your shoulder as well as use of both hands and all fingers is required. Prolonged walking and standing for up to 8 hours as well as repeated bending for up to 1 hour is also required.


Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified during the review process.  If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.
Note: If selected for a Temporary Appointment (i.e. an appointment limited to one year or less):

You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are:
     •  serving under an appointment limited to one year or less and you have not completed at least one year of current continuous employment, excluding any break in service of 5 days or less; or
     •  expected to work less than 6 months in each year.

You are eligible for FEHB coverage if:
     •  your full-time or part-time temporary appointment has a regular tour of duty and follows a position in which you were insured, with a break in service of no more than 3 days;
     •  you are a Presidential appointee appointed to fill an unexpired term;or
     •  your appointment follows, with a break in service of no more than 3 days, a position in which you were insured.


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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.


To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


The following documents are required:

  • Resume: Resume must provide your full name, mailing address and day/evening phone numbers, country of citizenship, Veterans' preference, highest federal civilian grade held; for each work experience, list job title (include series/grade if federal job), duties and accomplishments, employer's name/address, supervisor's name/phone number, starting and ending dates (month/year), hours per week and salary.
  • Responses to the questionnaire.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required, if applicable). 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
  • OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment Form which may be downloaded from the OPM website at
  • Transcripts: copy of your most recent transcript.
  • Documentation that you have been accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or part-time basis. (half-time is defined by the educational institution). The applicable documents must be submitted that validate your status, i.e. acceptance letter, registration, etc.Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1006883.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.
View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Karli Searcy
Phone: (913)682-2000x52511
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Kansas HCS
2200 Southwest Gage Boulevard
Topeka, KS


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address notifying them of their application status.  If no e-mail address is provided, you will receive this notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Those candidates who are referred to the hiring official for further consideration will be contacted if an interview is requested.  Once a selection has been made and confirmed, all non-selected candidates will be notified of their non-selection.

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