Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Housekeeping Aid in Iowa City, Iowa
This position is located within the Environmental Management Services Division of a VA Medical Center. This position is under the direct supervision of the Housekeeping Supervisor or designee. This position performs both janitorial and custodial services. Work is regularly performed by hand and with light and heavy-powered (industrial-type) cleaning equipment.
Conditions of Employment
This is an Open Continuous Announcement to establish a standing register of qualified and eligible candidates to refer as vacancies occur. Referral lists will be created as vacancies become available. Final application disposition will be completed once all positions have been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period stated in the announcement. IMPORTANT NOTE: Housekeeping Aid positions are restricted to preference eligible Veterans, as long as the supply of those candidates are available. Only after that supply is depleted can non-preference veterans and non-veterans be considered. This announcement is to capture preference eligible Veterans and current/former federal employees who hold/have held appointment in a restricted position and are eligible for placement. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/04/2021. 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 SafetyFollow DirectionsHandle Weights and LoadsReliability And DependabilitySpecial Aptitude - Housekeeping WorkWork 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. Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Employee must be able to handle weights of up to 50 pounds in dealing with heavy trash and linen, as well as products such as stripper/finish etc. that comes in large, heavy containers. Employee must push, pull, load and unload carts; bend, stoop, twist and tum with moderate effort; climb ladders to change cubical curtains, clean out light fixtures, and clean windows, etc; and must be able to fit and kneel in small spaces to clean, i.e. restroom stalls and other tight areas. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between contaminated/dirty environments to clean environments; and is subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items. The employee often works around body fluids, excretions, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while cleaning or removing trash for disposal. Chemicals used can be caustic and frequently have strong odors. Potential for splash hazard, cuts, sticks, bumping and bruising exists from normal work. The work area can be noisy due to the rumbling of carts and operation of equipment. Work is generally conducted in heated and air-conditioned areas, however staff must go outside to empty trash in dumpsters in all types of inclement weather.