Indian Health Service Health Technician (Outpatient) in Crow Agency, Montana

Indian Health Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Crow Agency, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 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.

READVERTISEMENT - This position is being re-advertised under a new vacancy announcement due to the new format and to solicit additional applicants. Applicants who previously applied under vacancy announcement #1657637-ESEP/MP will need to apply under this new vacancy announcement #1822417-ESEP/MP to be considered. This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Crow Service Unit, Crow Agency, MT, Outpatient Department. 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. Reduced Area of Consideration: Per IHS Merit Promotion Plan 7-2.4 C, Management has determined that there is likely to be an adequate number of qualified applicants in the local commuting area. Non-Indian preference candidates outside this area will not be considered.


Clean and stock the unit, clean used instruments and equipment, and dispose of waste material. Transcribe tests, x-rays, and procedures. Work in the medical clinical area, as well as specialty clinics. Obtain and record vital signs on PCC and Electronic Health Record. Prepare patients for examination and assist with minor procedures. Process new admissions by taking vital signs, height, weight, and other patient information and recording in patient's record. Report finding to charge nurse or nurse assigned to patient. Answer telephone, take messages as appropriate and provide physician, mid-level provider or nurse with information as appropriate. Schedule appointments, send reminder letters, updating patient demographics and insurance information.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
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

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. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): GS-4: Six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 grade level OR successful completion of two (2) years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in subjects related to the position. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-04 level (in addition to six months of general experience), you must have six months of experience (equivalent to the GS-03) level that included duties such as: Deliver direct patient care to all age groups. Take and record vital signs. Schedule appointments. Recognize adverse signs and symptoms of assigned patients and alerting provider. Operation of specialized medical equipment. Adhere to clinic and departmental safety regulations. Enter patient data into electronic heath record. Maintains security and confidentiality of data and information. Schedule appointments, send reminder letters, updating patient demographics and insurance information. Pre-visit planning such as retrieving medical records from outlying facilities for in-coming patient follow up, reviewing patients chart for immunization updates, and lab work. For GS-5: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-05 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-04) level that included duties such as: Complete tasks that are clerical and provide technical support of the Medical and Nursing staff. Provide information, basic health education and teaching to patients and families. Stock supplies in exam rooms. Clean rooms between patients, monitor supplies, clean and sterilize instruments and equipment. Use of medical terminology and filing procedures. Assist in emergency situations, including CPR and other life-saving maneuvers. Assist in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities. Schedule appointments, send reminder letters, updating patient demographics and insurance information. Pre-visit planning such as retrieving medical records from outlying facilities for in-coming patient follow up, reviewing patients chart for immunization updates, and lab work. NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Monday, October 24, 2016

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.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. 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. 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. Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-04/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 453633100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-BI-1822417-ESEP/MP