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 Commander (O-5).


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

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 comprise the healthcare professional working together to provide quality healthcare 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. 

***These Positions are open for Commissioned Corps officers only*** 



  1. Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or
  2. Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation.
  3. Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical.
  4. Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed pre medical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).
  5. Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by AGCME or AOA accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.
  6. Evidence of board eligibility/certification is required in an appropriate primary care specialty (internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine) by an ABMS or AOA approved board.
  7. Board certified required.
  8. Certification of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health care Providers is required.
  9. Candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. The license must be maintained in a permanent, full, and unrestricted status during the term of employment.
  10. Continuing education requirements must be met as required for licensing and board certification maintenance. Minimum 12 hours of continuing education annually.


1. Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities.

2. Maintains CPR/BLS certification.

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