This position is a Dental Assistant, Division of Dental.
Location at the White Earth Service Unit; White Earth, MN. This
position reports to the Dental Officer or designee.
This is an Open Continuous Announcement and applications will be
referred when vacancies occur.
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- Provide chair side assistance during all routine and complex
- Relays post-treatment instructions to patients.
- Perform routine laboratory duties, such as preparing materials,
disinfecting and sterilizing instruments, and prepare trays
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0681 Dental Assistant
- Assistants, Dental
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
Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a
financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary
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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
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
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.
This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of
applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being
placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when
vacancies occur. Your application will expire in 3 months. You must
reapply at least every 3 months to keep your application active for
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.
In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the
Minimum Qualifications stated below.
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or
public sector performing the following type of work and/or
GS-02: Three (3) Months of General Experience and/or High School
Graduation or equivalent
GS-03: Six (6) Months of General Experience and/or 1 year above
high school with course(s) related to the occupation.
GS-04: Six (6) Months of General Experience and 6 Months
Specialized Experience and/or 2 years above high school with
courses related to the occupation. Specialized experience include:
Maintain equipment. Clean and sharpen instruments; sterilize
instruments. Prepare sterile trays, packs, sutures, etc. Schedule
and route patients for services. Receive and prepare patients for
treatment. Lay out instruments and materials needed for treatment.
Provide chairside assistance during oral examinations and
restorative treatments. Operate suction tip to keep area of
operation clear. Retract tissue, cheek and tongue. Relay to patient
post-treatment instructions from dentist.
GS-05: 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least
GS-4 and/or 4-year course of study above high school leading to a
bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation.
Specialized experience include: Receive patients and schedules
appointments. Record information related to medical history of
patient. Route patient for medical tests and services. Chart
examination and treatment information as relayed by dentist on
patient records. Record information as directed by dentist on
prescriptions and a variety of forms related to dental care.
Prepare and arrange all instruments and materials needed for each
treatment. Prepare patient and operatory. Assist dentist at chair
side in all phases of general dentistry. Pass instruments and
materials to and retrieve them from the dentist. Keep area of
operation clear using high-speed evacuator, suction tip and
irrigation. Retract tissue, tongue and cheek. In surgical
procedures maintain aseptic condition, stabilize tissue for dentist
and cut sutures. Keep alert to condition of patient during
treatment for signs of fainting, shock, or other distress. Relay to
patient instructions from dentist for post-treatment care. Operate
dental X-ray equipment to take radiographs.
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
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of
the closing date of the announcement.