Indian Health Service Dental Hygienist (PR5216) in Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Pine Ridge, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

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

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, Dental Department, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. * *Position reports to the Chief Dental Officer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R4-GP-1641061-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

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

Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans' Preference ESEP applicants who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified. 1st cut-off 10/31/2016 2nd cut-off 11/20/2016, 12/10/2016 and 5th cut-off 12/31/2016



  • Responsible for ascertaining the oral health status of the population regarding Early Childhood Caries using a variety of screening and information gathering methods. Special problems such as nursing bottle caries, nutritional needs, oral health education needs, and GPRA objectives are evaluated at the SU level and actions taken to reach objectives.
  • Provides area management functions as assigned by the Area/Service Unit Dental Programs in conjunctions with Area Dental Consultant/Chief Executive Officer/Chief Service Unit Dental Officer, develops and manages an Area and Service Unit wide program in oral disease prevention and health programs.
  • Serves as a clinical dental hygienist responsible for performing advanced prophylactic and preventive dental procedures in the treatment of patients with related medical and dental problems, such as, diabetic complications, compromising heart disease, and servere caries and periodontal pockets.
  • Completes preliminary dental examination on new dental service patients. Reviews patients medical and dental historyfor evidences of past and present conditions such as medical illnesses and use of drugs which may complicate or alter treatment. Examines the teeth and surrounding tissues for evidence of plaque and other hygiene indicator and chart findings; inspects the mouth and throat for evidence of disease such as oral cancer; interprets routine x-rays to identify tooth structures, oral pathology and abnormalities such as cavities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


*Licensure: *Must Have a Current Licensed to Practice as Dental Hygienist in a State or Territory of the United States or the District or Columbia.

Radiologic Credentialing Standards: Applicants must meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially they must have 1) completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in the regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and 2) be certified as radiographic in their field.

GS-08: **Education : One (1) year of graduate education in dental hygiene or in a directly related field of study.

Experience*: *One (1) Year of Experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 Level performing advanced prophetically and preventive dental procedures in the treatment of patients with related medical and dental problems.

Specialized Experience: Qualifying experience for clinical dental hygienist includes experience in performing oral prophetically care and in providing oral health educational services to patients.

*Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.*

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 30, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

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.


  • 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.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.
  • Additional selections may be made on this vacancy.
  • Government housing may be available - depending on availability.
  • This position requires that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.
  • Drug testing is not required.
  • This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $44,335.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0682-08/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453084000

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R3-GP-1663975-DE