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.

AMENDMENT this vacancy is being amended for “Qualification Section”.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-14-AB-1084837-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan.  If you wish to be considered all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

This position is located in the Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS), Rosebud Service Unit, Rosebud, South Dakota, within the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service.  The purpose of this position is to develop, implement and promote a comprehensive environmental health service program within the Rosebud Service Unit and to provide on-site technical assistance to other Aberdeen Area service units as directed by the Area DEHS.


Major Duties:

·         Provides professional consultation and conducts professional Environmental Health (EH) services: routine EH facility surveys, investigations, and reports.  Facility types include food service, childcare, Head Start, Schools, healthcare, detention, water, sewer, lodging, recreational, casino, and other institutional and community establishments. 

·         Independently conducts professional Environmental Health (EH) training and presentations on general Environmental Health EH topics, infection control, occupational safety, and community injury prevention topics for tribal and IHS audiences.     

·         Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with tribal, local, state, and federal programs concerned with environmental health issues.

·         Technical writing used to write up survey reports, public health incident investigations, and responding to client requests through e-mail.

·         At the direction of the Sr. Environmental Health Specialist, assesses public health needs, conducts planning activity, and implements a community-orientated environmental health and injury prevention program.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Occasional travel is required with thsi position

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses area authorized and will be paid only if you are a current Fesderal Employee. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.