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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.


This position is also being announced under IHS-13-TU-881247-DE for those who want to be considered under Delegated Examining for persons who have never been employed by the Federal Government. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both vacancy announcements.



Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Sells, AZ United States 1 vacancy

POSITION DETAILS: One (1) Permanent Full-Time position to be filled at the Sells Indian Hospital, Laboratory Branch, in Sells, AZ on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Salary range: $34,907.00- $50,431.00 ( Annually)

Promotion potential:  GS-07

Merit Promotion Position:  Yes

Travel Required:  No

Supervisory/Managerial Position:  No

Relocation Expenses Paid:  No Travel Expenses -Not Paid:  travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee.

Is position covered by PL 101-630?  Yes (See item # 3 in the How to Apply Tab)

Is drug testing required?  No

Is government housing available?  No

Is this a bargaining unit position?  Yes

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

Who may apply section

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP)  

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)  

Commissioned Corps Candidates

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Major Duties:

  • Performs a variety of tests and examinations on human body fluids, tissues, and/or other substances obtained from patients in all age groups.
  • Extracts appropriate quantities of venipuncture or capillary blood from patients.
  • Sets-up, operates, and/or utilizes laboratory equipment, instruments, containers, and other devices and materials to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of substances.
  • Performs preventive maintenance, periodic inspections and testing of equipment and instruments, following an approved quality control program.