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JOB SUMMARY:  This position will be located at Dewey’s, Mulligan’s or River Cove Conference and Catering Center, which are part of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department aboard Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida.


This position performs a full range of preparing and cooking items using standard or complex recipes.  Incumbent uses a full range of cooking procedures from common frequently used to difficult or new recipes, in the independent preparation of a variety of meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, sauces and gravies.  On a daily basis prepares four or more menu items for one meal that involves planning and coordinating a variety of steps.  Ensures that all items are ready for serving at the same time or prepares menu items using special or difficult recipes involving many steps, ingredients, or long preparation time.  Adjusts recipes to improve flavor, texture and presentation.
Responsible for relaying instructions from Food and Beverage Manager to other kitchen crew members.  Demonstrates work methods and provides work-related guidance to lower graded employees.  Checks on the work in progress of other kitchen crew members to meet productivity and timeliness goals.  Ensures others follow security, safety, sanitation, and housekeeping rules.  Conducts on the job training and instruction to lower level employees.  Checks with supervisor on problems.  May assist in purchasing and menu pricing decisions by performing yield tests for selected food, ordering items in accordance with daily and weekly menu requirements, and preparing food production worksheets from computerized recipe files.  Performs supervisory duties on short term basis in absence of Food and Beverage Manager.  Performs other duties as assigned. 


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:  Thorough knowledge of the full range of food preparation principles, including the techniques and procedures necessary to develop new or recurrent recipes.   Knowledge of procedures of cooking in large quantities.  Skill to overcome practical production problems; evaluate final food products, and intitiate corrective action.  Ability to expand and modify recipes and to develop standardized recipes for quantity cooking.  Skill in the operation, breakdown and proper cleaning of food service equipment.  Knowledge of sanitation requirements and kitchen safety regulations is necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment.  Ability to coordinate the work of lower graded employees.  
This position requires continual standing, bending, reaching, pushing and pulling in different directions. Will be required to frequently lift up to 40 lbs. and may be required to lift over 40 lbs on occasion with the assistance from other kitchen staff or hand devices. Most kitchen environments are warm and noisy and the incumbent will be exposed to steam, heat, cold, fumes, and odors, dangers of falling, burns and cuts. All employees are required to wear kitchen safety protection when completing certain jobs.  


NOTE:  Some positions have special requirements. Selection may be tentative pending the completion of the satisfactory employment reference checks and receipt of proof of education (where applicable). Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 60 days of closing date. For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee will be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.

The Department of the Navy is an Equal Opportunity Employer where employees are respected and valued. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or any other non-merit factor. Reasonable accommodations are provided to applicants with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process, contact the NAF HR Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case by basis.


HOW TO APPLY:   All interested applicants should submit an application OR resume as well as the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF 306) ( in one of the following ways:

BY FAX TO: (904) 542-3424



NAF Application form and Request for Military Spouse Preference form can be picked up at the MWR Personnel Office or can be downloaded from under the "Jobs" tab.

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: If requesting any type of employment preference, supporting documentation must be submitted with the application/resume to prove preference eligibility. The submission of a preference does not guarantee a position as applicant still must be highly qualified with the knowledge, skills, and educational requirements of each submittal. 

*If claiming Veteran's Preference, completed SF-15 and a legible copy of DD-214 (page 4) as well as any other supporting documentation (disability, official statements, proof of service, etc). is required.

*If claiming Gold Star Veteran's Preference, completed SF-15 and a legible copy of DD-1300 as well as any other supporting documentation (official statements, document of service, court decree, etc.) is required.

*If claiming Department of Defense (DOD) Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Business Based Action (BBA) Priority consideration, submit a copy of the notice of separation.

*If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.

*Proof of education (transcripts/copy of degree/high school diploma), if applicable to position requirements.

SPOUSAL PREFERENCE:  Spousal Preference can be used only once to gain regular full time employment in the commuting area but may be used multiple times for flexible type position.
To prove eligibility, you must submit the following with your resume/application:

  • Request for Military Spouse Preference form
  • Copy of spouses’ orders that state the “Ultimate Activity” is within the average commuting distance to NAS Jacksonville.
  • A copy of the marriage certificate that provides proof that marriage occurred prior to the issuance of the orders. 

Where a first cut-off date is indicated, a selection may be made from the resumes/applications received as of the specified first cut-off date. Completed applications (resume, supporting documentation, etc.) must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Time on the cut-off/closing date. If more than one resume is received, only the last resume received will be reviewed.


Employment is contingent upon a successfully completed and positively adjudicated National Agency Check (NACI) or higher background clearance as required by the position or local security requirements.
Working conditions are often uncomfortably warm and noisy. Some workers are exposed to extreme temperatures of hot kitchens and walk-in refrigerators.