Indian Health Service Medical Technologist in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Indian Health Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Eagle Butte, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 6/23/2016 (123 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This position is located within the Laboratory of the Cheyenne River Health Center Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The primary purpose of this position is to perform standardized laboratory testing procedures, while following laboratory and Cheyenne River Health Center policies. This position reports directly to the Medical Technologist Supervisor. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-GP-1735737-DE for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

  • Collects preserves and transports patient specimens.
  • Performs laboratory tests, reviews tests results and approves test results.
  • Performs Quality Control and Proficiency testing on all laboratory tests.
  • Operates laboratory equipment.
  • Performs maintenance and calibration on laboratory equipment.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for trining and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A Current, Valid, Unrestricted Professional License must be maintained.

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. 1.* Degree*: Medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least: 16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology. (NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunobiology in the course title, the requirement for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following topic areas: (1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies; (2) host-antigen interactions; (3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and (4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.) The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" 16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry courses must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" and 3 semester hours of college mathematics.

OR 2. A full 4-year course of study: that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.


  1. A combination of: (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university. Acceptable experience is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable. Additional Requirements:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Qualifications: Copy of current professional licensure may be required during the hiring process. Transcripts: Transcripts must be provided at time of initial application. Transcripts must be legible and include the applicants name, name school, provide course listing, and grades earned. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty. Failure to submit transcripts may result in a rating of not qualified. In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:

GS-05: Overall assignments in this position are substantially the same as those covered in the GS-07 position with the exception of the following: The incumbent works under closer supervision performing assignments and completing training.

GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5 grade level; OR, One (1) year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement if related to the position being filled. GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 grade level.; OR, Two (2) 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree if related to the position being filled.

Specialized Experience Defined: GS-7: Experience working in a laboratory in a clinic or hospital setting. In this type of setting having Experience in the following; Experience checking specimens, preparing reagents, calibrating and/or operating instruments; Experience preparing analysis, correcting malfunctions, collecting and verifying data, and notifying appropriate officials of results. GS-9: Independently with little supervision; Experience working in a laboratory in a clinic or hospital setting. In this type of setting having Experience in the following; Experience checking specimens, preparing reagents, calibrating and/or operating instruments; Experience preparing analysis, correcting malfunctions, collecting and verifying data, and notifying appropriate officials of results. Experience instructing other lab scientists, med technicians, nurses, and others in techniques, equipment use, test slip requirements etc... Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information
  • 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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Bargaining Unit Position
  • Position covered under P.L. 101-630
  • Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • Government housing may be provided upon availability
  • Position subject to rotating shifts and nights/weekends/holidays.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $36,740.00 to $64,228.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-05/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority (ESEP); All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible or Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corp Personnel.

Control Number: 442716900

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-GP-1697212-ESEP/MP