Indian Health Service Health Technician (Certified Medical Assistant) in Nespelem, Washington

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

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.

About this position: Three positions are available. One position is located at the OMAK Health Station in Omak, Washington. Two positions are located at Nespelem, Washington at the Colville Indian Health Center, in an ambulatory care setting, which provides general as well as specialized out-patient care for the community it serves. Position is to provide clinical administrative support and medical assistance to medical providers and nursing staff that provide direct patient care. In all phases of work, emphasis is placed on disease prevention, health promotion, rehabilitation, and cultural awareness. Position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Nurse.

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 DE-WR-17-10018265-DE, for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This job announcement is re-announcement and amended on July 13, 2017 to include the following statement.

This is an OPEN UNTIL FILLED job announcement and applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.The first cut-off date for applications will be JULY 27, 2017 with subsequent cut-off dates every 10 work days thereafter; please ensure your application is complete and all required documents are submitted before the cut-off dates to receive full consideration. This job announcement will close once the position is filled. Eligible applicants will receive notification that the position has been filled.

  • Screens for and administers age appropriate vaccines
  • Obtains and records accurate vital signs for pediatric and adult patients
  • Escorts patients to exam room and prepares them for the healthcare provider
  • Performs a variety of supporting diagnostic tests
  • Answers telephones in Medical Department and directs calls to appropriate personnel
  • Receives patients requests for medical appointments
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

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

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period.

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.


Selective factors are special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. Qualification for this position requires you to be a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant). Applicants applying for this position MUST possess current certification and have the ability to give intramuscular injections administering diagnostic and therapeutic agents and perform venipuncture procedures. A copy of your certification MUST be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not meet this selective factor are ineligible for further consideration for this position.


In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below: For GS-04: 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (see below) OR Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in subjects related to the position. For GS-05: One (1) year SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (see below) equivalent to at least the GS-04 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Examples of specialized experience include:

GS-04: Experience working in the field of health and medicine answering medical office telephones, receiving patients, utilizing electronic health records; obtaining vital signs for pediatric and adult patients; removing and applying wound dressings as directed; preparing and restocking exam rooms; ensuring general cleanliness of exam rooms; and ability to clean and autoclave supplies and instruments.

GS-05: Experience described in GS-04 above plus experience assisting the provider in medical treatments, performing supporting diagnostic tests (peak flow, EKGs, venipuncture, and blood glucose testing upon Provider direction), administering age-appropriate vaccines as directed by the Provider Team; assisting in the collection of needed specimens for laboratory testing; ensuring patients understand the providers instructions regarding home care and any follow-up required; and attending Provider Team meetings to determine what scheduled patients may require in the way of services.

Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.

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).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 10/06/2017

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

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 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 are 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 has promotion potential to the GS-05 grade level. If the position is filled at the lower grade, incumbent may be promoted to the full performance grade level once all legal and regulatory requirements are met; however, such promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed. Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

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. Child Care-Covered Position: This position is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. If you are selected, you are required to complete, sign and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care; Indian Child Care Worker Position, form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these position have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere to guilty to certain crimes. Immunization: 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. Certification Renewal: This position requires that you maintain active certification as a Medical Assistant. If not maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse action, up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-06-13 to 2017-10-06

Salary: $29,356 to $42,702 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 4 - 5

Series: 0640 Health Aid And Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: IHS-17-WR-10018264-ESEP/MP

Control number: 471964000