Cook US Department of Veterans Affairs US Department of Veterans Affairs 6,480 reviews



    The Cook position is essential to provide for the preparation of high quality, nutritious hot foods to the Veteran patient. Independently prepares all types of meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruits, sauces, desserts, and gravies for regular and modified diet menus. On a regular and recurring basis plan, prepare or coordinate the preparation of entire meals, as well as personalized individual meals for palliative care patients.


    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Prepares a number of menu items to include both foods for regular and modified diets.
    • Prepares and replenishes "small batch" style hot food on the cafeteria line, adhering to established portion sizes and diet requirements.
    • Prepares various Nutrition and Food Service documents to include production schedules and records, subsistence or supply requisition and inventory control.
    • Operates, cleans and maintains a wide range of food production equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
    • Prepares production worksheets, does temperature study sheets and other QA assignments.
    • Performs, over a period of time, a full range of quantity cooking procedures from the common or frequently use standardized recipes to the new complexed recipes for the preparation of regular and modified diets.
    • Prepares sample tray evaluation for regular and modified diets.
    • Prepares meats by baking, braising, or stewing, using steam jacketed kettles, convection ovens, or pressure steamer as required.
    • Roasts, broils, grills, bakes, boils, steams and stews meats, fish, and poultry.
    • Prepares a variety of items desserts such as custard or gelatin, cobblers, cake, brownies and puddings (without the use of packaged mixes).
    • Cooks fresh or frozen vegetables using techniques such as boiling, steaming, baking, mashing, and whipping.
    • Visually inspects frozen, canned and fresh foods to make a judgment on quality and freshness of product.
    • Properly stores all foods by placing items in appropriately labeled and dated containers in the correct refrigerator.
    • Slice meat items by hand or machine, conforming to specific portion size requirements.
    • Performs yield testing for selected food items to determine serving weight or volume after preparation and gather other test data to assist management in making purchasing and menu decisions.
    • Prepare cold food items such as tuna salads, ham or club salads, macaroni salad, and potato salad.
    • Follows safe food handling and personal hygiene policies.
    • Creates specified complexed short order meals for palliative care patients.

    Work Schedule: Friday – Tuesday, 1030 – 1900, Wednesday/Thursday days off
    Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/PD90250A

    Physical Requirements: Uses both hands simultaneously. Frequently lifts or moves items weighing up to 40 pounds. Occasionally lifts/moves heavier items with assistance. Pushes units on level or sloping surfaces. Continual standing, walking and frequent stooping, reaching, bending, pushing and pulling is involved.

    Working Conditions: The work is performed in kitchen areas where the steam and heat from cooking and dish washing equipment often cause 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 wet and/or soiled floors. Is regularly exposed to hot liquids, moving carts, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, heated carts, and extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigeration or freezers. Works with different chemicals that may be hazardous. Is responsible for following defined safety rules to avoid hazards associated with operation and cleaning of steam, gas and electrical equipment used Nutrition and Food Services.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    7404 Cooking

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • May serve a probationary period
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    • 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.

    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. Examples are following and using the established techniques, duties, functions and procedures without supervision. Examples of duties include Prepare & cook a variety of menu items such as regular & special diet entrees and desserts. Roast, broil, bake, fry, boil, steam & stew meats, fish, & poultry. Maintain proper temperatures for all foods to ensure optimum quality & food safety. Measures & weighs portions & ingredients according to standardized recipes or diets. Assemble, operate, & clean/sanitize production equipment. 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
    • 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.

    Note: A 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.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be accessed in the order in which the applications were received and select any qualified applicant in that order.

    Resume Reminder – Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:

    • Job title
    • Duties (be as detailed as possible)
    • Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
    • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
    • Salary/Rank etc
    • Series and Grade, if applicable, for all Federal positions you have held
    • References, current or recent supervisor

    Please be aware that your answers will be verified against information provided on your resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. The experience stated in your resume must support your assessment responses.

    Recommended: Even though we do not require a specific resume format, your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications. To ensure you receive appropriate consideration, please list the duties you performed under each individual job title. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • OF-306
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • Other (3)
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:

    • Resume

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Clarification from the agency

ALL US CITIZENS DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (COVID-19 – VA 004) in-accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and 5 CFR 337.205(b)(1)-(4).

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