Indian Health Service Dental Hygienist (RB5216) in Rosebud, South Dakota

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

Opened Wednesday 12/7/2016 (79 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 3/31/2017 (35 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R2-GP-1698384-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

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



Clinical Dental Hygiene Duties-50%

  • Perform oral healthcare and risk assessments that include the review of patients' health history, taking and recording blood pressure, taking and recording blood glucose, taking and recording rapid HIV test, dental and periodontal charting, oral cancer screening and evaluation of oral disease/health.
  • Develop a dental hygiene diagnosis (as a component of the dental diagnosis) based on the oral health findings. Community Component-45%

  • Ascertains the oral health status of the service unit community regarding periodontal and other oral conditions using a variety of community assessment, screening and other information gathering methods.

  • Serves as the principle advisor within the service unit for dental health promotion and disese prevention activities. Dental Program Duties-5%

  • Regularly attends clinic and dental staff meetings to make improvements in the oral hygiene program

  • Participates/conducts chart reviews/competencies.
  • Performs all other related 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
  • Travel/Relocation Expenses are Authorized.
  • Position is on Call with Department
  • ### Qualifications

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: Applicants for all grade levels and specializations must be currently licensed to practice as dental hygienists in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia. NOTE: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must (l) have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and (2) be certified as radiographers in their field. The following meet these requirements: (l) Persons employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel prior to the effective date of the regulation (January 13, 1986) who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others. (2) Persons first employed by the Federal Government as radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation, or (b) practiced in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided that such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence as determined by OPM or the employing agency. The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard. GS-7: *1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level GS-8: 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable. Evaluation of Education: The academic curriculum in dental hygiene must have been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association. Evaluation of Specialized Experience: Qualifying experience for clinical dental hygienists includes experience in performing oral prophylactic care and in providing oral health educational services to patients. Additionally, at the higher grade levels, qualifying experience includes (1) performing advanced oral prophylactic, therapeutic, and preventive procedures in cases of periodontal diseases or inflammation or on patients with other medical or dental problems, (2) placing temporary fillings, and (3) finishing amalgam restorations. Applicants for positions involving the use of X-rays must have had experience in taking and interpreting X-rays. Specialized Experience for the GS-7 grade level is, but not limited to, work involving performing duties which require performing advanced prophylactic and preventive dental procedures in the treatment of patients with related medical and dental problems; completes preliminary dental examinations on new dental service patients, reviews patient's medical and dental history for evidences of past and present conditions such as medical illnesses and use of drugs which may complicate or alter dental hygiene treatment, examines the teeth and surrounding tissues for evidences of plaque and periodontal disease and charts findings, interprets routine x-rays to identify tooth structures, calculus and abnormalities, performs a complete oral prophylaxis on ambulatory and nonambulatory patients, performs deep subgingival scaling, root planning and curettage under local anesthesia, polishes the teeth and applies stannous fluoride for hypersensitivity and caries prevention. Gives home care instructions to patients after curettage. In postoperative care of oral surgery and periodontal surgery patients, performs suture removal, changes dressings, applies topical anesthetics and provides home care instructions. Instructs patients at chairside in oral hygiene, brushing and flossing techniques and periodontal aids, plans and adapts instructions in home care techniques, exposes, develops and processes radiographs on patients.* Specialized Experience for the GS-8 grade level is*, *but not limited to, work involving the same experience at the GS-7, in addition to work involving planning, coordinating, conducting and evaluating preventive oral health programs for various patient groups, i.e, pediatric, diabetic, cancer, psychiatric, geriatric, alcoholic and physically handicapped patients; Develops and revises oral health instructional materials and education techniques for various levels of the mental and physical capabilities of each patient group; provides dental hygiene services to community bases programs through lectures, demonstrations and instructions; occasionally may supervise dental assistants for the sealants program and other clinical prevention projects;

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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

  • 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.

  • Recruitment and relocation incentive maybe authorized.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $40,033.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0682-07/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 450592900

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-GP-1698477-DE