| The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Native (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.
Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to these vacancies.
This is an Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) and allows acceptance of applications from eligible applicants throughout Fiscal Year 2015. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur at the various locations.
Period of Eligibility: Applications will remain eligible for three (3) months from the time the application is received.
Who May Be Considered: U.S. Citizens, Current and Former competitive service Federal employees, active U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Indian Preference and Veteran Preference candidates.
Position Details: May be Permanent, Temporary, or Term with a tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending Term Appointments for up to a maximum of four years.
Relocation Expenses: Moving expenses may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a 1 year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Bonus: Bonus may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a service agreement.
Government Housing: Availability of government quarters varies by location; otherwise, private housing only.
GS-09 - $56,529 - $69,246
GS-11 - $68,398 - $83,788 |
About Indian Health Service
The Indian Health Service (IHS) works to ensure all American Indian and Alaska Native people receive comprehensive health care services and all Indian health facilities are staffed with well-trained, compassionate, committed health care professionals. IHS’ Division of Health Professions Support (DHPS) provides for the education, recruitment and retention of health care professionals through the IHS Scholarship Program, the IHS Extern Program and the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP).
An Indian health career offers clinicians an extraordinary career opportunity to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care in a variety of disciplines and health care facility settings. An Indian health career offers dedicated practitioners a chance to live and work within Native communities, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn the heritage of the Tribe, discover the traditions that have been carried down for generations and gain cultural insight into the beliefs and values of this deserving and appreciative patient population.
IHS is hiring physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health professionals, offering three distinct career paths — the civil service, within a Tribal or Urban Indian Program or through the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Applicants must be US citizens, board eligible and board certified. For more information, visit www.ihs.gov/careeropps.
The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.