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Environmental Health Specialist

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Department Of Health And Human Services
United States Citizens Multiple Appointment Types Full Time 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.
Position is being announced at the GS-7 and GS-9 grade levels only. This position has promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level.
This position is also being announced under Announcement # _IHS-15-BJ-1297316-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.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Bemidji Area Office, Office of Environmental Health & Engineering (OEH&E;), Division of Environmental Health Services, Bemidji, Minnesota.
The incumbent is responsible for independently planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive environmental health program on the assigned reservations. Environmental Health Services activities are performed In accordance with Environmental Health Services, Indian Health Service Manual and other written OEH&E; guidelines.
The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check. If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59) U.S. Citizenship is required
Plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive environmental health program on assigned reservations that emphasizes safe water, solid and hazardous waste management, food protection, occupational health and safety, vector control, community injury prevention, radon gas, and institutional health.
Assist in developing environmental health and occupational safety policies, procedures, regulations, employee training programs and public education materials.
Perform epidemiological and infection control investigations to identify environmental factors with the potential for transmission of disease.
Serve as the community injury prevention facilitator for the assigned reservations; assists in the development of an interdisciplinary and epidemiological approach to reduce injuries.
Assist tribes in locating resources and writing grant proposals to secure external sources of funding for injury prevention/environmental health projects.
Collect and analyze data used to evaluate the program and prepares reports to provide activity information to the District and Area Office.
Performs other duties as assigned.
To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Degree: major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. Transcripts must be submitted at time of initial application.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-7 AND ABOVE:
GS-07: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5 OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement
GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of an Environmental Health Specialist. Experience in the professional practice of Environmental Health (this means they have their Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian credentials) - conducting surveys, investigations, risk assessment, program evaluation, etc. Experience in the application of the principles of community injury prevention; experience in the application of the principles of environmental sustainability; and experience as a health center safety officer. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position ) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:
Technical competency in the principles, theories and application of Environmental Health
Oral communication
Planning and evaluation
Written communication
Knowledge of integration of management and/or information systems used in a public health program
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories:
Best Qualified Category -- Meet the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position
Well Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and meets most requirements of the position.
Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the Hiring Manager for employment consideration.
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume, and ensure you submit the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above qualified non-preference eligibles in your assigned category. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement, .
For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.
The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled)
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP )
Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled
Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above _MUST_ be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 , to be considered.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
1. Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1297207. Fax your documents to .
You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot complete your application package online:
1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.
Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.
The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Nathan Anderson , and/or Nathan. .) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:
_Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference_ :
_Resume_: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.__
_Indian Preference Applicants:_ - _If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. _Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.__ Refer to BIA-4432 link:
_Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)_ or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30% or more disabled) - include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link
_Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)_ - If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: .
_Current or former Federal employee_: Include your most recent SF50.
Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
_Transcripts:_ Must be submitted at time of initial application. Transcripts must include name of school, degree obtained, name of student, courses completed, credits and grades earned. Failure to submit transcripts at time of initial application will result in a rating of ineligible. We will not request additional information after the closing date.
Your application package _MUST_ be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) onWednesday, January 21, 2015, the closing of this announcement.
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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Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
_A one/two-year probationary/trial period may be required upon selection/placement._ __
_Position covered under P.L. 101-630_
The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.__
_Security Clearance:_ (MBI) 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.__
Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
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