Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL TECHNICIAN in Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Ceiba, PR
Work Schedule is Part Time 20 hours - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1824539

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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NOTE: This is a part-time position (20 hours/week). The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period. Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be prorated and based on your part-time work schedule.

Duty Location: Caribbean Healthcare System, Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Ceiba, PR.

  • Prepares samples, (i.e., blood, urine, tissue) common to the laboratory.
  • Assist in the centrifugation of samples at different laboratory sections.
  • Follows standard procedures and applies a practical knowledge of the properties of the specimen to ensure effective presentation of the qualities or characteristics critical for accurate testing or examination.
  • Collects blood specimens from ambulatory patients in the outpatient clinics using aseptic venipuncture techniques.
  • Collects blood specimens under special conditions with special techniques requiring advanced expertise, e.g., blood cultures.
  • Prepares solutions for lactose and xylose for patient testing.
  • You will perform all duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Part-Time Employment: It may begins from 7:00 am 11:00 am, 7:30 am 11:30 am, 8:00 am 12:00 pm, depending on t he scheduling needs of the Pathology and Laboratory Service.

Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Technician/672-11472-A

Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to cover San Juan Laboratory Outpatient Clinic.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Background investigation may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Possess at least six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been gained to at least the equivalent of the next lower grade level of (GS-3) in Federal service. General Experience includes: any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience is (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. OR

Possess 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation or a successful completion of (a) an associate-degree course of study of which the 2nd year of the 2-year program included successful completion of a training course of approximately a year's duration in a certified laboratory assistant school approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; (b) 1 year of study that included 6 semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences, plus successful completion of the training course as described in (a) above for GS-3; or (c) 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of chemistry and/or biological science course work that must have been directly related to the specialization of the position to be filled. A transcript or course listing must be submitted if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. See "How to Apply" for a description of a course listing. Applications submitted without this information may not be considered. (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR

Possess an equivalent combination of experience and education as (stated above) to meet total experience. To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) AND

In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. AND

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: possess the experience in proficient written and spoken English and Spanish. NOTE: Applicants must possess the ability to speak and write fluently and proficiently in English and Spanish in order to receive consideration for this position. Applicant's inability to proficiently speak and write in English and Spanish will result in an ineligible rating. The hiring facility will interview or test to evaluate the applicant's ability to write and speak in English and Spanish.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  1. Knowledge of processes, methods, and, procedures associated with lab testing.
  2. Knowledge of a variety of phlebotomy techniques such as capillary collection, blood culture collection, and venipuncture utilizing a syringe, butterfly or vacutainer collection systems.
  3. Ability to maintain specimen integrity insuring that the correct samples are collected in a proper manner and in the proper tube or container to ensure that quality specimens are obtained; and in accordance with all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
  4. Knowledge of medical terminology.
  5. Knowledge of electronic medical records and hospital/laboratory computer systems.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking, bending or running or climbing ladders or scaffolds to observe, collect, or record research data. In many situations the duration of the activity, such as most of a workday contributes to the arduous nature of the job. In other situations, such as in a laboratory, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

* 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.

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; religious; 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided. 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

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (787)641-7582.

Other Information

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal 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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

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.

Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $37,551.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0645-04/04

Promotion Potential: 04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453468000

Job Announcement Number: ANT-17-Ale-1824539-BU