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The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law 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 the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To be eligible for this position under the Direct Hire (DHA) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-13-AQ-817278-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP), Merit Promotion Plan (MPP), Veterans' Preference and Commissioned Corps.  If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur.  The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 03/14/2013.  Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies.  The applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified.  Your applicant period of eligibility will be for three (3) months.  The system automatically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your application is rated and your Eligibility End Date is calculated based on the start of the 3-month period of eligibility.  You must reapply to keep your application active.

Appointment may be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or TERM with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time, or Intermittent.  The Agency has the option of extending Time-Limited or TERM appointments up to a maximum of four (4) years.  Temporary positions not-to-exceed (NTE) 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time.  The Agency has the option of extending Temporary position appointments up to a maximum of two (2) years.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service: Towaoc, CO United States Few vacancies
Acomita, NM United States Few vacancies
Albuquerque, NM United States Few vacancies
Dulce, NM United States Few vacancies
Mescalero, NM United States Few vacancies
San Felipe Pueblo, NM United States Few vacancies
Santa Clara Pueblo, NM United States Few vacancies
Santa Fe, NM United States Few vacancies
Taos, NM United States Few vacancies
Zuni, NM United States Few vacancies


The Medical Officer provides consultative and/or direct medical services specializing in family practice medicine to both inpatients and outpatients in a hospital.  Provides direct care/services to neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, adolescent and adult patients. Provides consultative and/or direct outpatient services at field health facilities as assigned.  Serves on appropriate hospital committees as directed. Supervises ancillary hospital and field personnel when actually providing direct patient care. Has a high degree of freedom for inpatient care within established guidelines, policies and concepts of good medical practice. 

Area of Consideration:  All Sources

Salary range: $104,458.00 - $129,865.00 (Annually)

Other additional compensation for which a physician may be eligible, in addition to their base salary, are a Recruitment and Relocation Incentive (maximum of 25% of base pay); Initial or Revewal of Retention Allowance (maximum of 25% of base pay when necessary); Physicians' Comparability Allowance; Market Pay; and an Appointment-Above-the-Minimum.

Promotion potential: None

Travel Required: Possibly, depending on duty location

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: Travel Expenses - Paid. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee.

Is position covered by PL 101-630 (Childcare Position)?  Yes

Is drug testing required?  No

Is government housing available?  Yes, depending on duty location and availability

Is this a bargaining unit position?  Depending on duty location

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays?  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.

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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 the full range of care to patients by examining, diagnosing, and treating patients in Family Practice.
  • Participates in developing, modifying and evaluating medical procedures relative to patient care with the objective of improving the quality of patient care.
  • Provides care, as needed, when scheduled for call and for emergency situations.
  • Participates in community activities and community health planning as necessary.
  • Maintains patient records in the problem oriented medical record format utilizing the patient care component of the resource and patient management systems.

Travel Required

  • Not Required
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Few vacancies in the following locations

    • Towaoc, CO
    • Acomita, NM
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Dulce, NM
    • Mescalero, NM
    • San Felipe Pueblo, NM
    • Santa Clara Pueblo, NM
    • Santa Fe, NM
    • Taos, NM
    • Zuni, NM