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Assistant Cook

Category :
Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Full Time
Mid Career
Announcement #: 19-845-01EX
Title, Series, Grade (Code) Assistant Cook, WM-9975-7
Base Salary: $35,485 Per Annum
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: February 19, 2019 Closing Date March 5, 2019
Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide
Who May Apply: All United States citizens and current Military Sealift Command Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).   Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) must submit a certification (i.e., statement of service) at the time of application which certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.  
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Duties: The Assistant Cook is a Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war.  MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.   


Incumbent is directly responsible to assist the Chief Cook in the efficient operation of the galley/kitchen as assigned.  Assist in the preparation and production of menu items as directed, using progressive cooking techniques, healthy heart guidelines and approved recipes and instruction.  (This includes food presentation in accordance with Armed Forces Recipe Service (AFRS) and local recipes, and following instructions on the NAVSUP 1090).  Assists with inventorying galley equipment and utensils, reporting discrepancies to the Chief Cook.  Demonstrates proficiency in the use of all equipment located in the galley and food service areas and be proficient in its operation and safe handling.  Adhere to all principles of safety, sanitation procedures; including procedures for thawing frozen foods, storing leftovers and unused products, product shelf life; and standards of personal hygiene.
Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position.  Performs other duties as assigned.  
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid:
1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months       
remaining of expiration date.

2. Transportation Workers Identification Card and/or Department of defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining from expiration date.

3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC)endorsed: Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, Stewards Department (FH) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration date.
4. USCG Medical Certificate (w/o limitations/restrictions on Food Handling).

Must have at least six months specialized experience.  Specialized experience includes assisting in the preparation and production of menu items and inventorying galley equipment and utensils.  Must have related experience in at least one of the following areas: 

   a.  Six Months (6 Months) of cumulative service as a CIVMAR Temporary Assistant Cook or a Supply Utilityman that has MSC Salad Utilityman experience.  The six months Temporary Assistant Cook or Supply Utilityman must have been within five years from closing date of this announcement.  The candidate may exceed this five year requirement if continuously employed in a food service capacity. 

(1) Must have successfully completed Introduction to Food Service course.
AND either one of the following:

   (a) Current U.S. Armed Forces Food Safety/Sanitation Supervisor, OR
   (b) Current Annual 4 hour Sanitation Course.


   b.  Previous U.S. military experience in Culinary Pay grade E-3 or above with at least one Culinary tour of not less than 6 months in a Food Production Capacity. 
U.S. military service must have recency within the past
five years from closing date of this announcement.  The 
candidate may exceed this five year requirement if
continuously employed in a food service capacity.  Must 
have successfully completed the following courses:  

  (1) U.S. Military Service Food Production Course.
AND either one of the following:
           (a) Current U.S. Armed Forces Food Safety/Sanitation Supervisor, OR
           (b) Current Annual 4 Hour Sanitation Course.


   c.  A current Certification as a Certified Culinarian or higher from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). 


   d.  Graduate of an accredited culinary academy/school and has completed Serv-Safe Principles.


   e.  Commercial cooking experience of at least six months and has completed Serv-Safe Principles.

(*)Commercial Experience must be on official letter head, form, or evaluation from current or previous employer that describes experience related to these duties. Document must include company name, applicant’s name, and name with signature of company/agency official.  

Evaluation Criteria: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements described above will be further evaluated. Documented knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training, and awards contained in the application package and resume will be reviewed and rated to determine the degree to which applicants possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below that are essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position for which applications are being considered.

1. Skill in the proper preparation of culinary products.
2. Ability to properly use equipment located in the galley/kitchen.  
3. Knowledge of food service sanitation and health criteria.  

Conditions of Employment 1. CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis testing.
2. Able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.
3. Able to successfully pass the physical examinations (arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical, dental, and mental requirements. Participate in vaccine immunization; including a tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also required. TB screening is not provided at the MSC-arranged medical examination, but can usually be obtained from your personal medical provider or free at any local public health clinic. If you have previously had a positive TB skin test (i.e. a CONVERTER or REACTOR), another skin test is not required. You must instead provide the medical department written proof that you have completed treatment with medicine (i.e. INH), or that you have started treatment with medicine, or that such treatment is not warranted as determined by competent medical authority.
4. Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training courses, including personal survival, which requires the ability to float in the water for a minimum of sixty (60) seconds.
5. Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the duties of this position worldwide at all times.
6. Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at all times.
7. Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an English language competency test.
8. Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer as the standard method of payroll payments.
9. Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and writing the English language.

a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the language competency test, fails the drug test, fails to disclose employment information, fails to report to new employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security clearance.
b. On a case-by-case basis, an applicant who accepts a tentative offer of employment will be required to provide a VA Rating Decisions and/or Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.