Cook

Cooking

WG-7404

Position Overview

Feeding DOI employees who are carrying out the agency’s mission on research vessels and other remote or challenging locations is important work.   If you enjoy cooking you could apply your food preparation skills as a valued member of the DOI workforce.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate is not only skilled in safe food handling and preparation techniques but is also adaptable, detail-oriented and can plan ahead.  This person can see what needs to be done and works independently.

Work Environment

Work is performed in kitchen areas which may contain potential hazards (steam, heat, noise, fumes, possible burns or cuts).

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Cleaning and maintaining utensils and equipment
    • Maintaining cleanliness and food safety precautions

  • Mid:

    • Using a variety of kitchen equipment and simple recipes to prepare basic food items
    • Monitoring food and supply inventories

  • Journey:

    • Making minor modifications to accommodate special diets (e.g., gluten free, diabetic, low sodium) or ingredients shortages
    • Planning and preparing complete meals with varied menu items requiring multiple steps and varied ingredients

  • Senior:

    • Creating complex meals for large special events using difficult recipes
    • Developing new or making major adaptations to existing recipes
    • Utilizing specialized kitchen equipment that requires skill to operate
    • Planning and preparing complete meals with varied menu items requiring coordination and timing
    • Guiding and instructing lower level cooks

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Strengths by Level

Entry 1-2
Mid 3-4
Journey 5-6
Senior 7-8
  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-6
    Senior 7-8
  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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    Mid 3-4
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    Senior 7-8
  • Decision Making
    Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
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    Mid 3-4
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    Senior 7-8
  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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    Journey 5-6
    Senior 7-8
  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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    Senior 7-8
  • Self-Management
    Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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    Mid 3-4
    Journey 5-6
    Senior 7-8

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