Food Service Worker

Department of Defense Fort Belvoir, VA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

About the Position: Located at the Ft Belvoir Community Hospital with the Director for Administration, Dept of Nutrition Services, the incumbent serves as a Food Service Worker in the Nutrition Services Department (NSD) with responsibility for performing a variety of duties involved with meal preparation, cash control, and safety and sanitation services.

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* Assembles trays for delivery to patients in a neat and orderly manner in accordance with established standards.

* Transports patient meal carts from the Nutrition Services Department to the appropriate wards in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner.

* Meal carts must be transported within ten minutes of the first tray being placed in the cart.

* Transports carts from the wards back to the Nutrition Services Department.

* Monitors return of the patient tray transport carts.

* Unloads carts and washes dirty dishes.

* Places a predetermined amount of prescribed food on dishes or in serving pans in accordance with written and verbal instructions.

* Foods are comprised of those specified regular and modified diets and include salads, salad dressing, entrees, vegetables, starches, deserts, soups, cold sandwiches, and beverages.

* Based on established standards, monitors for quality control and takes immediate corrective action.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

7408 Food Service Working

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Tier 3 security investigation or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.

* This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

* This position has a mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirement and is therefore subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet thescreen out elements described below. Ability 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Screen Out Element: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. Applicants must meet the screen out elements to be considered further. To meet the screen out elements applicants should document experience in the following: Experience independently transporting/delivering meal trays to patients. Independently set up cafeteria lines, steam tables and side service stands with hot and cold food items. Operate cash collection system for Nutrition Services Department using a manual system or computerized cash registers. Enter meal orders in to a computer software program. Assist patients who cannot telephone their meal requests by entering their meal request into the computer. Provide customer service as a liaison between patient, staff and cooks.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision

* Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc.

* Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

* Dexterity and Safety

* Food Service

* Work Practices


The worker is subject to continuous standing and walking, and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. The worker may be required to work on ladders and perform heavy work such as scouring and scrubbing large-size cooking utensils and moving heavy carts and trucks in unloading, storing, and delivering supplies. They frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. The heavier items (over 44 pounds) are moved with assistance from other workers.


The work is performed in the kitchen area where steam and heat from cooking and dishwashing 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 floors where food or beverages have been dropped. The worker is regularly exposed to hot liquids, sharp cutting blades, hot working surfaces, and extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigeration or freezing units.