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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of Indigenous Americans!  At IHS you can make a difference in the lives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives around the Country.  

These vacancies are being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority.  The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be made available to the Selecting Official for consideration. Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native American and Alaska Native applicants, but Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to these vacancies.

A severe Government-wide shortage of candidates exists and/or a critical hiring need is present for this occupation as determined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Therefore, these Federal positions are also being filled through OPM's Government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA). This flexible hiring authority has been authorized by the Chief Human Capital Officer Act of 2002 (Title XIII of the Homeland Security Act and codified at 5 U.S.C. § 3304).  If utilizing DHA, the following is applicable:  a vacancy is established, applicants who are U.S. citizens and meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration, and the "rule of three", Veteran's preference, & traditional rating/ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process (Indian Preference does apply).

INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) is required by law to give absolute preference Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment.  Therefore, IHS is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than above, IHS is also committed to achieving full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation.

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 announcement is cancelled, 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.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Billings Area Indian Health Service, Crow Service Unit:

Crow Agency, MT United States Few vacancies


Salary range: $55,413.00- $96,436.00 (Annually)

Promotion potential:   GS-12

Merit Promotion Position: Yes

Travel Required:   Yes; Occasional

Supervisory/Managerial Position:   No

Relocation Expenses Paid:   Paid - Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid only if this would NOT be the first official duty station for the new appointee. If relocation expense allowances are paid, employee will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one-year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances.   

Is drug testing required?:   No

Is government housing available?:   No

Is this a bargaining unit position?:   No

Professional Licensure?: Yes

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.


Any U.S. Citizen.

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***This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-13-BI-827795-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan.   If you wish to be considered all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.***


Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.


·         Provides direct primary, preventative and therapeutic nursing care to patients of all age groups

·         Orders and/or performs screening and diagnostic tests and procedures such as lab studies, x-rays, electrocardiograms, audiograms, and pulmonary function tests.

·         Formulates and implements a plan of care which may involve various treatment modalities, and prescription of medications.

·         Performs minor surgical and invasive procedures such as suture of lacerations not involving nerves or tendons, incisions and drainage of abscesses.

·         Provides direct physical and psychological care in emergencies

Travel Required

  • Not Required