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The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  The IHS provides a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.
WHO MAY APPLY: Any U.S. Citizen.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Elko Service Unit in Elko, NV


Appointment: Temporary not-to-exceed 1 year; may be extended 1 additional year.

Promotion potential: None, temporary appointments ineligible for promotions.

Travel Required: No

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, must submit a completed PL101 Form (see Required Documents section) 

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


Serve as a temporary Medical Laboratory Aid (or Phlebotomist):

  • Obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques.
  • Perform waived laboratory testing such as urine dip sticks and/or finger sticks for blood glucose.
  • Enter patient, specimen, or insurance information into an automated system such as Electronic Health Record (EHR).
  • Collect fluid or tissue samples using appropriate collection procedures.
  • Prepare specimens for transport to laboratories.