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Job Title:Cook

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CD-14-PQ1094153 (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


Thursday, April 10, 2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Yates, ND View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




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!

A Cook is needed at the following location:

1 - Standing Rock Detention, Fort Yates, ND


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-14-PQ1094160 (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.


Whom May Apply

·         U.S. Citizens



  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required 6 to 10 nights per month


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation
  • 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.

Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date of Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. Qualified candidates will then be rated as best qualified, well qualified, or qualified depending on their possession of the knowledge and experience requirements below:

    · Knowledge of food preparation and procedures

    · Knowledge of sanitation and storage procedures

    · Ability to follow standardized recipes and cooking techniques

    · Skill in physical activity

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 application package will be evaluated against the minimum qualification requirements specified above. In order to qualify, your resume must specifically describe your work history and the duties you performed for each position.

Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.


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

  1. Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year.
  2. Variety of available work schedules.
  3. Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $130 per month for mass transportation expenses.

This position IS NOT eligible for Telework.



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.


 If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. 

  • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (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 the documentation required by that form.
  • For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating.


This position is subject to the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (25 U.S.C. 472), which affords employment preference to qualified Native American candidates.  BIA Form 4432 must be provided with your application by the closing date

For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please visit:


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You must apply to this position via the USAJOBS website. If you do not already have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one.

  1. Click APPLY ONLINE to the right.
  2. Follow the instructions on USAJOBS to submit your resume.
  3. Complete the online questionnaire.
  4. Upload any additional required documents.


We strongly recommend you uploading your documents electronically. However, if you are unable to upload supporting documents:

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1094153.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. We recommend you retain a copy of your confirmation page.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


You may verify receipt of your application and any faxed or uploaded documents at any time:

  1. Log in to your USAJOBS account.
  2. Click the "Application Status" link.
  3. Locate this vacancy and click the "more information" link.
  4. You will be displayed the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence we have sent you. NOTE: Your faxed documents may take a day or two to display.



The following documents are required for this position:

  1. Resume showing detailed work experience
  2. On-line Assessment Questionnaire
  3. SF-50 (if applying under merit promotion. Be sure your SF-50 displays your tenure in box 24, your position in box 34 and that the SF-50 is not an award)
  4. Transcripts (if using education to qualify)
  5. Veterans documentation - if applying for VEOA, VRA or 30% disabled: VA letter on VA letterhead that states you overall combined rating, SF-15, DD214 (copy 4) that indicates and honorable discharge.
  6. Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a special hiring authority)
  7. BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference), link:

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. 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 from your email provider to ensure you receive your messages.

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