Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Cook (CDL Driver) in Temple, Texas

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Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station. NO STATE TAXES!!!

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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DUTIES: The Cook duties and responsibilities are performed at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care in Temple, TX. The Cook also performs driving assignments and must possess a valid commercial driver's license (class B). The duties of this position are performed on a regular and recurring basis. The major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Operates one or more gasoline or diesel-powered motor vehicles which may be equipped with air brakes and hydraulic tailgates for the pick-up and delivery of food, supplies, and equipment.

  • Performs driving assignments on the grounds of all VA healthcare facilities and over federal, state, and county roads and city streets in all traffic and weather conditions.

  • Loads and unloads food, supplies, and equipment and ensures that cargo weight is properly distributed and ensures that cargo is properly secured in the truck to prevent damage or loss while in transit.

  • Ensures that quantities loaded are in accordance with requirements in order to prevent delays in meal service and eliminate the need for additional trips.

  • Responsible for maintaining vehicle, i.e., gasoline or diesel fuel, oil, cleanliness, etc., and reports malfunctions or discrepancies to responsible staff.

  • Observes sanitation and safety policies and procedures in transporting food supplies to ensure their integrity is not compromised.

  • Roasts, broils, grills, bakes, fries, boils, steams, and stews meats, fish, and poultry.

  • Measures and weighs portions and ingredients according to standardized recipes or diets.

  • Operates specialized equipment to cook food in large quantities and to rapidly chill and store the prepared items under refrigeration for extended periods of time.

  • Portions foods for distribution.

  • Slices meat items by hand or machine.

  • Maintains proper temperatures for all foods during holding, transport, reheating, and serving.

  • Provides relief coverage for other positions within Nutrition and Food Services.

  • Performs all cleaning duties required to maintain assigned work area in an orderly and sanitary condition.

Work Schedule: Rotating tours: 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00; and 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Rotating days off.

Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/Driver/05808A

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (Class B).

Copy of Class B Commercial Driver's License and form CSC 665.

Must possess and submit an on-line or a faxed copy of a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to qualify for this position. Failure to submit proof of a Class B driver's license will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

Must submit an on-line or a faxed completed and signed Form CSC 665, Ability to Drive Safely Form, available on-line at the following link: Failure to submit a completed and signed CSC 665 will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Other (Commercial Driver License Class B, CSC Form 665)

  • Resume

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to reach, bend, turn, and move hands, arms, feet, and legs in order to operate hand and foot controls of motor vehicles. Work requires standing and sitting for long periods and considerable walking, bending, and reaching. Must be able to carry, move, and lift large food containers. Must move carts on wheels weighing up to 500 lbs. Must be able to work under pressures of peak workloads in accordance with a close schedule. Must frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Must occasionally lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS: When assigned as a cook, work is performed in a kitchen and involves the potential hazard of cuts, burns, slipping on wet floors, operation of electrical and steam equipment, and exposure to temperature extremes. When assigned as a driver, work is performed outside, and vehicles are operated in all types of traffic and weather. Drivers are exposed to dirt and fumes and to the possibility of cuts, bruises, or broken bones as a result of accidents while driving or from falling objects when loading or unloading the vehicle. Required to use cleaning/sanitizing supplies in completion of work assignments. Adheres to published material safety data sheet guidelines for use of such products.


Your background must demonstrate experience in performing all functions of a cook (driver) in a quantity food service setting (restaurant, hospital, or other institution); follow and use established techniques, duties, functions and procedures, i.e., prepare and cook a variety of menu items for a regular and special diet entrees and desserts; roast, broil, bake, fry, boil, steam and stew meats, fish, and poultry; maintain proper temperatures for all foods to ensure optimum quality and food safety; measure and weigh portions and ingredients according to standardized recipes or diets; assemble, operate, and clean/sanitize production equipment; operate one or more gasoline or diesel-powered motor vehicles equipped with hydraulic tailgates; use proper body mechanics and ergonomics in carrying out duties; able to carry, move, and lift large food containers and equipment.

Must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (Class B) for this position.

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 ( ).

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.

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 work of a cook 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 related to operation of appropriate vehicles (loading techniques, movement of cargo, preparation of reports and documents.).

  2. Ability to use and maintain quantity cooking and serving tools, utensils, and equipment.

  3. Knowledge of preparation and serving ingredients.

  4. Record of safe driving.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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 employees 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Other (Commercial Drivers License CDL Class B endorsement, CSC 665)

  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214

  • OF-306

  • Other Veterans Document

  • SF-15

  • SF-50

  • Transcript

Please use this checklist to ensure 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.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2016115.

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

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • 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.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational QuestionnaireView 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 Monday, October 23, 2017 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 Submit My Answersto submit your application package.

NOTE: 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.

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Agency contact information
Jeffrey Libby





VHA Central Texas HCS Temple Human Resources 05 Temple, TX

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Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may also check the status of your application at any time by logging onto your USAJobs account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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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  • Office of Equal Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/03/2017 to 10/23/2017

Salary: $16.25 to $18.95 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 06

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent