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Student Trainee (Medical Technician)

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## Duties
### Summary
The Pathways Recent Graduate Program allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development. The VA Western States Network Consortium Pathway provides practical, guided work experience in a VA clinical laboratory while students study online after hours. This is a Student Career Opportunity for post-graduate (baccalaureate-degree) students enrolled in an approved, affiliated distance- learning (on-line) Clinical Laboratory Science university or college program leading to eligibility to achieve national certification as a Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist). Positions will provide participants with practical work experience related to their major and allow students to earn salaries and other benefits that may help ease the financial burden of higher education.
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for two (2) Student Trainee Medical Laboratory Technicians to work in the Clinical Laboratory within the Pathology & Lab Medical Service Line. The Student Trainee Medical Technician will rotate through practical work training experiences in the Hematology/Coagulation, Microbiology, Chemistry/Urinalysis, and Immunohematology/Immunology sections. The employee is required to meet all requirements of the learning objectives and to remain in good standing with the participating university or college Clinical Laboratory Science Program.
You must be willing to relocate.
**Promotion Potential:** The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. The grade progression for this position is GS-5,6,7
**Work Schedule:** Monday - Friday (Day Shift)
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not required
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### Responsibilities
Duties include but are not limited to:
* Perform of a variety of tests under graduated supervision.
* Identify unusual results or discrepancies and solve problems when indicated.
* Develop practical skills involved in specimen collection and processing.
* Perform quality control procedures, documentation, interpretation, and corrective actions.
* Protect information from unauthorized release, loss, alteration, deletion.
* Follow applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, access codes, etc.
### Travel Required
Not required
##### Supervisory status
No
* #### Job family (Series)
0699 Medical And Health Student Trainee
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## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
* Be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement)
* Accepted for/currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution
* Selective Service Registration-required males (over 18) born after 12/31/59
* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must pass pre-employment physical.
### Qualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/07/2018.
**Recent Graduate Program:** Have you within the past 2 years, completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Preference eligible veterans who precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty.
You may qualify based on education and/or experience as described below:
* **Specialized Experience**: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:(a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b)technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. **OR,**
* **Education:** Applicants may substitute education for the experience required. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Successful completion of four (4) years of study leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 hours of science courses in chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination.
* .**Selective Placement Factor:** Student applicant must be deemed eligible for the distance-learning Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of North Dakota prior to appointment. For more information on this process and to receive documentation/proof of eligibility status, contact:
Chris Triske, MS, MLS (ASCP)
UND School of Medicine and Health Science
501 N. Columbia Road, Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Email: Chris.triske@med.und.edu
FAX: 701-777-2404
Phone: 701-777-3575
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
**Note**: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
**Physical Requirements:** Medical Technician Functional Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Pushing (1-2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1 hours); Standing (2 hours); Repeated bending (.5 hour); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing aid permitted; Good distant vision in one eye and ability to read w/o strain, printed material the size of typewritten, glasses ok; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Emotional and Mental Stability.
### Education
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
**PLEASE NOTE**: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
### Additional information
You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are expected to work less than 130 hours per month for at least 90 days.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
**Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** 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.
**Placement Policy:** The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
**Veterans and Transitioning Service Members**: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.**
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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### Background checks and security clearance
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## Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
* Resume
* Transcript
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
* Cover Letter
* DD-214
* OF-306
* 10-2850c
* VA-Disability letter
* Resume
* SF-15
* SF-50
* Transcript
**Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. **Documentation is required to award preference.**For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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## How to Apply
**All applicants are encouraged to apply online.**To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/07/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click
1. To begin, **click Apply Online** to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click **Submit My Answers** to submit your application package.
**NOTE:** It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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### Agency contact information
### Michael Lindquist
##### Phone
5207921450 X6077
##### Email
Michael.Lindquist@va.gov
##### Address
Tucson VA Medical Center
3601 South Sixth Avenue
Tucson, AZ
US
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### Next steps
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.
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## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499769000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 05/18/2018 to 06/07/2018
*Salary:* $33,625 to $43,715 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 5
*Work schedule:* Full-Time
*Appointment type:* Permanent

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