Job Overview


NOTE: These positions are in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. These USPHS positions are being filled at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4).


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The ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security. The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contract employees comprise the health care professional working together to provide quality health care services.  

This announcement will be used to fill vacancies at IHSC facilities. Although the announcement is advertised for multiple locations, it is not intended to convey any implication that these positions are vacant and will be filled at all locations.  In some cases, advertised duty locations will not have a vacancy during the open period of this announcement. Cut-off dates will be established on an as-needed basis as vacancies occur, however, the final deadline for application and submission of all documentation will be 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, October 31, 2014. 

***This Position is open for Commissioned Corps officers only***



1. The incumbent maintains a current Nurse Practitioner license, and meets continuing education requirements for the State(s) licensed in.

2. The incumbent must be licensed by a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Maintains current CPR certification.

3. Knowledge of and ability to apply professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques to patient care.

4. Alertness and skill in providing care and reacting to emergency situations.

5. Knowledge of training methods and sufficient interpersonal skills to develop a rapport with patients and co-workers during which instructional and educational information is presented.

6. Knowledge of and participation in established clinic and NCCHC requirements on safety, infection control, quality assurance, maintenance of records of patients seen, statistical information gathering, etc.

7. Practical knowledge of laboratory procedures and guidelines; skill in collecting a variety of samples.

8. Knowledge of supply requisition procedure and ability to complete requests for equipment repair and maintenance.

9. Maintains current CPR certification and accrues 12 continuing education hours. (NCCHC standard)

10. The incumbent must have a minimum of 6 months clinical provider experience in direct patient care, or the express approval of IHSC’s Medical Director based on the receiving sites ability to mentor and teach the newly licensed.


PHS Requirements

O4 billet- Requires a Nursing Practitioner license and BLS. ACLS-optional. Minimum 4 years’ experience.

Contract Requirements

Level 1- Requires a Nursing Practitioner license and BLS. ACLS-optional. 0 -4 years’ experience

  1. Cultural Competency.
  2. Interpersonal Skills.
  3. Good Oral/Written Communication Skills.
  4. Integrity/Honesty.
  5. Maintains clinical professional skills/certification via continuing education opportunities.
  6. Adult learner teaching skills.
  7. Maintains basic readines status.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Optional

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Must meet travel regulations
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations

    • Eloy, AZ
    • Florence, AZ
    • El Centro, CA
    • San Diego, CA
    • Santa Ana, CA
    • Key West, FL
    • Miami, FL
    • Lumpkin, GA
    • Jena, LA
    • Elizabeth, NJ
    • Batavia, NY
    • Leesport, PA
    • York, PA
    • El Paso, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Los Fresnos, TX
    • Pearsall, TX
    • Taylor, TX
    • Tacoma, WA