Indian Health Service Emergency Medical Technician in Harlem, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Harlem, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/8/2016 (42 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

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. This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-BI-1797120-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Fort Belknap Service Unit, Harlem, MT and reports to the Director of Nursing. OPEN UNTIL FILLED: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. FIRST CUT OFF DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 10 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE OPEN DATE AND EVERY 10 BUSINESS DAYS THEREAFTER.

  • Completes patient assessments and relays medical information to hospitals.
  • Treats medical emergencies with the skills to identify life threatening and non-threatening injuries.
  • Communicate using radio equipment.
  • Perform vehicle maintenance.
Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Frequent travel for emergency response.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

Individual Occupational Requirements Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. OR Education and Training Listed below for each grade level.

Experience and education requirements The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard. GS-3: Six (6) months of general experience OR successful completion of one (1) year of study that included study in medical, health, or related fields. GS-4: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience (described below) OR successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in subjects related to the position.

GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 (described below) OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position.

To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-4 level, you must have 6 months of experience (equivalent to the GS-3 level) that included duties such as: Conducts a complete assessment Assists in assessing the scene and recognizes the need for ancillary personnel, triages the patient(s), performs primary and secondary patient assessment. Performs basic technical health care extender functions within the emergency medical arena in response to various accidents and other emergencies involving injury and illness. Uses radio equipment following FCC procedures and effectively communicates orally and in writing with medical and ancillary personnel in emergency communication techniques and operating communication equipment. Perform vehicle and ambulance facilities maintenance up to and including cleaning and disinfection of each ambulance and equipment daily, performs patient transport, and patient care duties. Dispatches, assigns and schedules field unit vehicles, equipment and personnel. Compiles and maintains information for EMS logs and reports. Keeps track of trip tickets, Ambulance Charge Tickets and gives these forms to the appropriate person for processing.

To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-5 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-4 level) that included duties such as: Upon arriving at assigned emergency situation, employee makes an initial independent assessment of the situation and selects from a large number of procedures (protocols) the one most appropriate for the given situation and proceeds to administer medical treatment. Performs a range of diagnostic support duties, within their scope of practice. Perform patient examination, to provide patient care and to ensure appropriate patient handling. Uses radio equipment following FCC procedures and effectively communicates orally and in writing with medical and ancillary personnel using extensive skill in emergency communication techniques and operating communication equipment. Perform vehicle maintenance and ambulance facilities to and including cleaning and disinfection of each ambulance and equipment daily, performs patient transport, and patient care duties. Dispatches, assigns and schedules field unit vehicles, equipment and personnel. Compiles and maintains information for EMS logs and reports. Keeps track of trip tickets, and gives these forms to the business Office, Medical Records or appropriate person for processing.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.

General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Selective factors are knowledge, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE FOLLOWING SELECTIVE FACTOR ARE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION: A COPY OF THIS LICENSURE MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. EMT Certification: Must possess and maintain a valid, current, unrestricted certification in a State.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • Subject to overtime, call back, rotating shifts.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $25,731.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-03/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 449959600

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BI-1618226-DE