Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration HOUSEKEEPING AID PART-TIME in Baltimore, Maryland

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This position is located in the Environmental Management Department at VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS). The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System is a dynamic and progressive health care organization dedicated to providing quality, compassionate and accessible care and service to Maryland's veterans. The Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers in addition to the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center and five community based outpatient clinics, all work together to form this comprehensive health care delivery system. The VAMHCS is nationally recognized for its outstanding patient safety, state--of-the-art technology and its reputation as a leader in veterans health care, research and education. This position has openings at Perry Point, Loch Raven and Baltimore. When you apply for Baltimore you will also be considered for Loch Raven.

Work Schedule: The applicant is scheduled for varying of rotation shifts to include weekends Position Description Title/PD#: HOUSEKEEPING AID / 16048A, 16051A AND 16052A APPLICANT MUST BE A 5-POINT OR MORE PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE VETERAN TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION.

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The applicant functions as a Housekeeping Aid with in Environmental Management Service programs. The applicant works in a variety of patient and non-patient care areas to provide a health healing environment. The primary purpose of this position it to provide cleaning services including but not limited to inpatient and outpatient care areas, research, clinical laboratories, outside grounds, administrative work spaces and other hospital work areas throughout the VAMHCS. The applicant is scheduled for varying of rotation shifts to included weekends. Applicant receives daily assignments from his/her or another assigning supervisor, work leader or other designated personnel in charge.

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain floors, walls, ceiling, doors, baseboards and stairwells by sweeping, dust mopping, damp mopping, scrubbing, stripping, refinishing, polishing and vacuuming
  • Empty trash cans and waste baskets; replace liner and carrying refuse and trash to central locations
  • Utilize cleaning chemicals according to ratio direction and adhering to safety precautions
  • Move and arrange furniture, vacuum and shampoo carpets
  • Discharge cleaning of patient beds, change bed linen and towels,
  • Receive clean linen, delivering same as directed
  • Collect soiled linen for transport from facility
  • Maintaining acceptable sanitation standards in assigned area(s) in accordance with medical center policy
  • Report any safety or fire hazards to immediate supervisor
  • Perform assigned duties without causing avoidable interference to patient care
  • Maintain good public relations by being courteous, tactful, and diplomatic in all contact with patients, visitors, and staff NOTE: Some computer experience is preferred; however it not a requirement for the position as a Housekeeping Aid.
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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3566 Custodial Working

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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

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/23/2018.

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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C.

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
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Without more than normal supervision
  • Work Practices
  1. Ability to do the work without more than normal supervision.
  2. Knowledge of work practices including keeping supplies/equipment neat, organized, clean in accordance with Housekeeping standard within a Hospital/Nursing Home and or other Health Care related facility.
  3. Ability to use and maintains equipment, (e.g. scrubbers, high/low speed buffers, vacuum cleaners, we/dry vacuum machine, etc.)
  4. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications etc. that involve tasks to be performed and equipment operation.

Other significant factors to consider: 1. Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. 2. Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print. 3. The medical center performance improvement program. 4. How to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment. 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 EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: Be able to lift various items up to 50 lbs. Items include, but are not limited to: heavy trash, furniture, clean linen, soiled linen, contaminated/ infectious / biohazard waste, chemotherapy and radioactive waste, as well as other materials that they may come in contact with. Additionally incumbent may be required to lift heavy containers such as stripper/finish and other supplies in large, heavy containers. Must be able to apply and demonstrate proper lifting techniques and body mechanics to safely handle/dispose of these materials. Must be able to apply and demonstrate safe handling of spills of these and other hazardous waste materials that they may come in contact with. Eye acuity to identify soiled items is required by the incumbent. Must push, pull, load and unload carts, bend, stoop, twist and turn with moderate effort, climb ladders to change cubical curtains, clean out light fixture and clean windows and other high surfaces. Must be able to negotiate small spaces to clean.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Regularly moves between contaminated/dirty environments to clean environments. Often works in the presence of blood, body fluids and excretions, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong odors may be present while using cleaning chemicals. There are potential hazards associated with Environmental Service work such as cleaning chemical splash hazards, cuts, sticks, and bumps, and bruises exists if proper precautions are not met. The work area can be noisy due to the rumbling of carts and operation of equipment. Work is generally conducted in an inside headed or air conditioned area however staff must go outside to empty trash and possibly shovel snow from entrances during inclement weather.




Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Financial disclosure not required.

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

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume 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

Q - Nonsensitive

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • DD-214
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-50

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.

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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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/23/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to 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 USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Lisa Williams

(410) 642-2411 X5136



VA Maryland Health Care System 10 North Greene Street Baltimore, MD US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

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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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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.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
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  • 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: 03/12/2018 to 03/23/2018

Salary: $13.87 to $19.54 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 1

Work schedule: Part-Time - 40 Hours

Appointment type: Permanent