Indian Health Service Medical Technologist in Browning, Montana

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Browning, MT
  • Heart Butte, MT
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 1/28/2016 (268 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 1/27/2017 (97 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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 services as a Medical Technologist in the Laboratory at the Blackfeet Service Unit. The incumbent of this position reports to the Supervisory Medical Technologist. 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 announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-BI-1612231-DE; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. This Announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur for a 3-month period or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations, skills and or job preferences. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept.

  • Determines workload capability of a particular section using standard management techniques.
  • Performs routine, complex, highly complex and unusual tests and studies requiring specialized knowledge and skill (e.g., antigen and antibody identification, fibrinogen, fibrin splint products, platelet functions tests, degradation studies, etc.).
  • Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures.
  • Prepares reports, maintains records of work accomplishments, and coordinates the preparation, presentation, and communication of work related information.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY OR MAY NOT BE authorized and will be paid only if you are a current Federal Employee. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
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

Individual Occupational Requirements Basic Requirements can be found in the link below: Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown below, in addition to meeting the basic requirements. Experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. GS-7: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5. GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 GS-10: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level or 2 1/2 years of progressively higher education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.

To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-10 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-09) level that included duties such as: Order patient tests and accessioning tests ordered by the provider. Ensures patient ID, and maintains patient confidentiality to meet patient safety goals. Instructs patient and staff on proper collection, transport, and preservation of blood/urine and other body fluid specimens. Withdraws appropriate quantities of blood by venipuncture or capillary puncture. Collects appropriate specimens for lab testing according to established lab procedures. Follows established lab protocol for specimen preparation for analysis in various sections of the lab and reference labs. Testing (Analytical) Evaluation of specimen integrity and specimen evaluation for analysis. Analyzes quality control specimens, records results and determines report ability of results. Follows accreditation standards, regulatory agency requirements and institutional policies regarding blood borne pathogen, internal/external disaster policy, infection control, chemical hygiene, fire and electrical safety. Sets up, operates and/or utilizes appropriate equipment, instruments, containers and other devices and materials to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of substances. Label, clean and sterilize equipment, glassware and instruments and writing reports on results. Provides guidance, direction and training to ancillary laboratory and other personnel when designated as "in charge" of assigned sections/specialization. Distributes workload among employees and assures timely accomplishment of assigned duties. Oversees working conditions within the laboratory department and initiates requests for corrective measures pertaining to seating, ventilation, lighting needs, ergonomics, etc. Responsible for the Quality Assurance program of the laboratory and Updates procedure manuals assuring compliance with CLIA, COLA, AAAHC and IHS standards. Specialized Experience: For GS-09 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-07) that included duties such as: Perform difficult and complex laboratory tests and examinations for which procedures and instructions have not been standardized locally. Performs a variety of diagnostic tests and makes macroscopic and microscopic examinations of cultures of numerous species of bacteria for the purpose of positive identification. Evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic state of the properties is maintained. Selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of nonroutine and specialized test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections. Writes laboratory reports (identifying sample and stating methods and results); Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains instruments. Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products, and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Specialized Experience: For GS-07 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-05) that included duties such as: Perform tests and examinations primarily in one area of the laboratory. Performs a variety of tests and examinations which individually and collectively are difficult and complex although typically they are covered by laboratory manuals and written instructions. Selects methods for obtaining pure cultures of suspected pathogens found on preliminary culture. Selects basic tests to be used and determines need for additional tests to furnish positive identification. Writes report of findings and submits to supervisor. Recognize atypical reactions and forms.

Evaluation of Education and Experience: The four major areas of clinical laboratory science are microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunohematology (blood banking). Qualifying course work in these areas includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, tissue culture, virology, parasitology, endocrinology, enzymology, toxicology, urinalysis, coagulation, hemostasis, cell morphology, immunology, serology, immunoserology, immuno-deficiency, hemolysis, histocompatibility, cyto-genetics, and similar disciplines or areas of laboratory practice. Related fields include physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, cell biology, embryology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, histology, cytology, nuclear medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, infection control, physics, statistics, and similar areas of science where the work is directly related to the position to be filled. For positions above grade GS-5: experience or graduate education must have been in (1) the general field of medical technology, (2) one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology, or (3) a field directly related and applicable to medical technology or the position to be filled. Work study experience in a clinical laboratory as a student medical technologist in a CAHEA-accredited education program may be credited on a month-for-month basis toward meeting the GS-7 specialized experience requirement. (NOTE: A typical program comprises 12 consecutive months of professional study, including didactic and practical instruction. Approximately 6 to 7 months are devoted to lectures, laboratory study, demonstrations, and seminars covering theory and technique in clinical laboratory science. The other 5 to 6 months are devoted to clinical laboratory rotations. It is the latter, i.e., the period(s) of supervised work experience in a service laboratory that may be credited as work study experience.

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).

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.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, January 27, 2017

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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.

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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.

Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required.

The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - For NHSC - For HRSA Nurse Corps -

This position has promotion potential to the GS-10 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: 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. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

On-call hours or standby duty may be required.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $43,178.00 to $70,103.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-07/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel

Control Number: 427985100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-BI-1612029-ESEP/MP