NOTE: This announcement is for: 1 full-time position 3 intermittent positions These positions are held within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, ME. The Medical Technician rotates in Hematology, Coagulations, Blood Bank, Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Microbiology, and performs phlebotomy. This position performs a variety of procedures, including complex analysis and infrequently requested tests, and evaluating abnormal results. ENGLISH Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. ~AND~ To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level, you must meet one of the following: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6) in Federal Service that has given you the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of a Medical Technician, GS-7. Specialized experience includes: (a) technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings and/or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques of a Medical Lab Technician. Experience should include collecting, categorizing, cataloging, storing, and maintaining specimen integrity; and calibrating, standardizing, and maintaining equipment and instruments. Additional specific qualifying specialized experience for this position which should be documented on your resume is: Operating complex instrumentation in Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Microbiology and Blood Bank; interprets complex reports, cellular characteristics, and identifies abnormal smears and results; troubleshoots complex, and highly technical instrumentation; rotates and performs various complex testing procedures through a clinical laboratory; maintains quality assurance to include identifying and investigating specimen discrepancies. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. ~OR~ Education: Successful completion of one (1) full year of graduate education that is directly related to the work of this position. Such graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~OR~ Combination: Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate level education (beyond the first half year or 9 semester hours) and specialized experience, as described above. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Applies Technology to TasksSpecimen CollectionTechnical CompetenceTechnical Problem Solving IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Major duties and responsibilities include: Performs phlebotomy, following all Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines Evaluates and correlates quantitative biochemical, physiological, and morphological data to assure quality of test results Processes specimens using instrumentation such as centrifuges, and transfers specimens accurately without specimen mix-up to daughter tubes for storage, shipping, or testing Measures aliquots of body fluids, such as 24-hour urine, in order to store or prepare for testing Provides efficient customer service to clients who contact the processing section by phone or in person. Helps teach/ train new staff and phlebotomy students in accessioning and phlebotomy skills. Acts as an information specialist by assisting Providers and others in locating results, adding tests to existing orders, explaining collection procedures, handling requirements and any special requirements for esoteric testing Investigates and documents processing, labeling, collection and other specimen errors using incident reports Operates instrumentation that performs blood cell testing with the newest methodologies which include impedance testing, flow cytometry, immunochemical staining Operates instrumentation for semi-quantitative and quantitative measurements of chemical and cellular constituents in urine specimens Operates instrumentation for the determination of prothrombin time for warfarin monitoring, activated partial thromboplastin time, and d-dimer testing Operates and troubleshoots a variety of complex laboratory instrumentation Sets up cultures, staining of specimens, and isolation of bacteria Performs other related duties DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Work Schedule: Full time position: 9:00am to 5:30pm, may include weekends and holidays. Intermittent positions: Variable work schedule NOTE: Intermittent employment is defined as non-fulltime employment in which employees serve under an excepted or competitive service appointment without a regularly scheduled tour of duty. A position with an intermittent work schedule is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advance. Intermittent positions offer health insurance only if the employee is expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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