Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Surgical Technician in Anchorage, Alaska

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Anchorage, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 8/26/2016 (55 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1788809

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 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").

America's Veterans need you!

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Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 212.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is currently 5.31% and is subject to change in the future.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


This position is located in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU), Alaska VA Health System & Regional Office (AKVAHCSW/RO) Outpatient Clinic. Come be a part of our surgical team providing assistance to the surgical team during surgical and non-surgical procedures as well as participating in planning and implementing complex procedures with the surgical team. You will perform duties in the Endoscopy suite, Pre-Op patient care and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), along with assisting with administrative/clerical duties which include scheduling OR cases and running reports as needed. The technician may be required to perform duties in the Surgery Clinic and in the Operating Room (OR) at 673d Medical Group on Joint Base Richardson.

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Is a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures.

  • Set up sterile field with all required items for each procedure such as air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, microscopes, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment, recording devices and other operating room supplies and equipment.

  • Prepare, organize, and maintain highly complex sterile surgical set-ups.

  • Observe and respond to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipate the needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time.

  • Utilize standard precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment.

  • Handle all specimens appropriately.

  • Assist with the care of the patient's, i.e., positioning, prepping, and obtaining supplies.

  • Perform sponge and instrument counts to verify accuracy in conjunction with the circulating Registered Nurse.

  • Accountable for all-surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure.

  • Assist the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, applying skin staples, and cutting sutures.

  • Prepare prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures.

  • Assist in training nursing students and new Operating Room staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments and OR procedures to include the scrub role in surgical procedures and assisting with updating and/or providing written SOP's pertaining to the Surgical Technician position.

  • Research new equipment and replacement equipment and completes the required paperwork for purchases.

  • Assist in the endoscopy room.

  • Prepares the room and equipment prior to the procedure, assists the provider during the procedure, clean up after the procedure and cleaning and processing the endoscopes after the procedure.

  • Perform non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunctions.

  • Maintain OR area including assessing equipment needs and maintains adequate stock of supplies and materials.

  • Provide guidance and support to Nursing personnel and other Surgical Technicians.

  • Provide guidance and support to professional and technical students of approved surgical technology programs.

  • Assist surgical team members in quality improvement activities.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Surgical Technician/#50026-A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • All current Federal Employees must meet Time in Grade requirements.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Friday, December 30, 2016.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-06)in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: proper cleaning techniques, types of detergents to use on various items, proper handling and rotation of sterile supplies, handling of contaminated items, quality control and personal hygiene; implement infection control policies and procedures; familiar with complex surgical procedures and the possible complications that could arise in order to prepare for the procedures; anticipate the needs of the surgical team, respond with speed and accuracy and report observations/immediate procedural needs to the RN circulator; Prepare for surgical procedures; knowledge of anatomy, physiology and protocol to select the correct instruments for a procedures; anticipate the needs of the surgeon during the procedures; recognize and respond to a variety of critical situations including emergency and life threatening conditions; Use and effects of anesthesia in order to recognize the hazards of anesthetic agents, to recognize and respond to adverse conditions during the course of the procedure; Operate all operating room equipment such as sterilizer, operating room table and attachments, electrosurgical unit, video cameras and monitors, electrical and air powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, operating microscopes, emergency monitoring equipment, and pneumatic tourniquets.


Education: Have you successfully completed one (1) full year of graduate education in a field that is directly related to the work of the position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. **

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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 highly technical medical instruments, human anatomy, physiology and aseptic techniques to prepare and protect the sterile field during surgery including sterilizer operations and tests to determine the effectiveness of sterilization, packaging, storage and shelf life.

  2. Knowledge of pathology care and the correct handling of specimens in order to prevent damage to or loss of specimens and eventual diagnosis.

  3. Knowledge of the operation and function of all surgical instruments, equipment and testing procedures to ensure all equipment works and proper post-operative decontamination procedures including how to prepare instruments for various forms of sterilization.

  4. Advanced knowledge of specialized terminology associated with the work in the facility and in-depth knowledge of the terminology used in the specialized area in order to understand written requests.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting an positioning patients most of which are in various stages of un-consciousness. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon. Must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising the principles of aseptic techniques and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon.

Work Environment:The duties are performed in the operating rooms and require special OR attire. Will have regular and recurring exposure to toxic and noxious gases such as exposure to x-rays, pure oxygen and blood and body fluids which are often infectious and require special safety precautions. Appropriate scrub attire is requires including sterile gown and gloves, surgical caps and surgical masks. Protective eyewear or a face shield must be worn to prevent inadvertent splash injuries to his/her eyes. May have to wear a 20-30 pound lead apron as protection from radiation during various procedures.

*Veterans' Preference: *When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

If you are a male applicantwho was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. For more information, see

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.


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.

Other Information

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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : 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.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $43,817.00 to $56,963.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-07/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open until filled; applications reviewed bi-weekly

Control Number: 448986300

Job Announcement Number: VT-16-TYS-1788809-OCA