Food Service Worker

Fargo, North Dakota
$14.24 to $16.61
Jun 28, 2019

FT/PT, Canteen Service, Open until filled 


Join the Fargo VA Health Care System, where every day we're dedicated to showing how much we care for our Veterans!

Food Service Workers in the Nutrition and Food Services Department provides support services in preparing foods, tray delivery and related duties to serve the best patients - Veterans!


  • Assembles, portions, and garnishes all items prepared in the salad and dessert preparation area;
  • Maintains proper personal hygiene during food preparation and service (including hand washing, etc.);
  • Utilizes information from Computer printouts to create the CLC dining room special trays and special trays for serving hospital salads and desserts in the Pod area;
  • Places the appropriate foods in the correct locations from service;
  • Follows proper sanitation procedures in the preparation and service of cold food items;
  • Assists patients in completion of selective menu and choice of the proper foods according to their individual diet during tray pick up;
  • Identifies discrepancies between the prescribed diet and the food items designated on the menu;
  • Uses the correct combination/measurement of cleaning and sanitizing agents when cleaning equipment.;
  • Inventories and orders for daily usage, such items as regular and low salt butter, frozen juices, salt free bread, etc.;
  • Labels, covers, stores and dates food according to sanitation practices;
  • Washes pots and pans, cleans dirty end of dish machine;
  • Delivers and picks up food trays at patient bedside on in the dining room;
  • Assists dinner cook in the evening to assemble "hot" special items, gathers utensils in the steam tables;
  • Prepares sandwiches for cold sack lunches, labels, and dates with a "use by" dates and discards any food items that have been expired; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Varies to include weekends and holidays.
Part Time: 15 Hours per Week. Full Time: 40 Hours per Week.
Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/401440
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: AUTHORIZED!
This is a bargaining unit position.

This is an open continuous announcement until August 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available.

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 by the closing date of this announcement, 08/22/2019.

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 Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.

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 Job Elements:

  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Without more than normal supervision
  • 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.

NoteA 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/Working Conditions: Employee must be able to lift moderately heavy boxes, garbage cans, trays, racks, and push food carts. Walks or stands continuously: while working. Work involves bending, stooping, lifting, and stretching. Must be able to lift objects 10-30 pounds frequently, and occasionally up to 45 pounds. May be required to work on ladders and use powered cleaning equipment. The work is performed in kitchen areas where steam and heat from cooking and dishwashing equipment often create uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity. The work area is well lighted but usually noisy from food service activities, and there is danger of slipping on floors where food or beverages have been spilled. Food service workers are regularly exposed to hot liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, and extreme temperature ranges when entering walk-in refrigerator or freezing units.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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