Job Overview


The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs.

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.

Serve as the Dental Chief for the Uintah & Ouray Service Unit located in Fort Duchesne, Utah.

Other Details:

  • May apply for the IHS Loan Repayment Program:
  • Salary range authorized under Title 38.
  • No government housing available.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid; however, a bonus may be authorized.
  • Position covered by PL101-630, Indian Child Protection & Family Violence Prevention Act.

This position is also being announced under Announcement# IHS-14-PX-990684-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under the Merit Promotion and/or Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.


  • Supervise a dental staff consisting of one Staff Dentist and two Dental Assistants. Will provide technical dental advice and guidance.
  • Provide management for all aspects of provision of dental services including budgeting, reporting, managing a quality assurance program, disease surveillance, resource allocation, collaborative endeavors, scheduling, supplies, informatics, patient and staff safety, etc.
  • Will treat a variety of patients from children to adults. Provide all appropriate dental disease prevention measures for each patient treated.
  • Independently examine, diagnose, and treat commonly encountered dental diseases or dental health problems. Regularly encounters and treats dental diseases and oral health problems of greater than usual difficulty. Position requires above average skills in pediatric dentistry and Oral Surgery.
  • Proficiency in using computers and computer applications such as electronic health records (e.g., Dentrix or Resource andPatient Management System [RPMS]), word processing, spreadsheets. Will analyze data and write reports. Provide electronic communication such as emails.