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Indian Health Service Dental Assistant (EF) in Wanblee, South Dakota


The purpose of this position is primarily to perform a broad range of preventive and clinical dental assisting functions in order to allow the dental team to function as efficiently as possible and serve the intended population in an efficient and professional manner. The incumbent has clinic maintenance and record keeping responsibilities and is under the supervision of the Wanblee Supervisory Dentist. The position includes a more limited emphasis on routine clerical and housekeeping duties.


Provides chair side assistance to dental officers and specialist in all aspects and specialties of dentistry including restorative, endodontic, periodontics, prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as general dentistry in an outpatient setting. Restores teeth prepared by dentist and performs other reversible intra-oral procedures. Provides routine maintenance on dental equipment and instruments. Prepares operatives for patient care and prepares patients for treatment.


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary period

U.S. Citizenship is required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes. 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. Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit Conditions of Employment: May include Days/Nights/Weekends/Holidays You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you. Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. 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. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process. Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation.


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. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

OPM Link: Dental Assistant Series 0681 ( In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Qualifications for GS-03: 6 Months of General Experience OR 1 Year of Education above the High School Level with course(s) related to the occupation. General Experience is defined as any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Minimum Qualifications for GS-04: 6 Months of General Experience and 6 Months of Specialized Experience OR 2 Years of Education above the High School Level with courses related to the occupation. Specialized Experience is defined as 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. Examples include: Cleaning, polishing and oiling equipment. Cleaning and sharpening instruments; sterilizing instruments using autoclave and dryclave techniques. Preparing sterile trays, packs, sutures, etc. Scheduling and routing patients for services as required. Requisitions work from dental laboratory. Receiving and preparing patients for treatment such as routine restoration. Minimum Qualifications for GS-05: 1 Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 Grade Level OR 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. Examples of Specialized Experience include: Recording information related to medical history of patient; when required routing patient for medical tests and services. Charting examination and treatment information as relayed by dentist on patient records. Recording information as directed by dentist on prescriptions and a variety of forms related to dental care. Preparing, arranging all instruments and materials needed for each treatment. Minimum Qualifications for GS-06: 1 Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 Grade Level OR 6 months (9 semester hours) of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position. Examples of Specialized Experience include: Maintaining supply levels and cleanliness of dental station; sterilizing instruments, materials and equipment. Assisting patient in completing medical history statements. Recording examination and treatment information as relayed by dentist. Instructing patient in preventive dental care: demonstrating brushing and flossing techniques and use of disclosing tablets; explaining the common cause of decay and its relationship to general diet. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


For positions requiring positive education 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. When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Applications will be reviewed starting on February 12, 2021 and every 10 business days thereafter until filled. Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. 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 they earn annual leave. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required. The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

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For HRSA Nurse Corps - This position has promotion potential to the GS-06 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.