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Health Technician

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Columbia , MO 65201

Posted 2 months ago

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The GS-5 Health Technician will be scheduled to perform autopsy duties Monday through Friday and rotate call on the weekends. The GS-5 Health Technician is assigned to the Receiving Section and blood drawing team when not needed to perform the duties of the Health Technician.

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Duties include but not limited to:

  • Performs autopsies.

  • Manages morgue and frozen section rooms.

  • Assists with overall operation, inventories all supplies and instruments, prepares reagents, and performs various administrative duties.

  • Prepares and sets up for brain and gross conferences each week and resolves any consent issues prior to autopsies.

  • Maintains glassware washing, morgue and frozen section room neat and orderly.

  • Performs phlebotomy and specimen processing duties.

  • Performs quality control and preventive maintenance on equipment, glassware, refrigerators, and other instruments.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday; 7:30am

  • 4:00pm

Telework: Not available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Health Technician (Autopsy Assistant)/08859-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0640 Health Aid And Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/22/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: experience in work such as an autopsy assistant, morgue attendant, surgical assistant, laboratory assistant, or embalmer's assistant that provided a knowledge of human anatomy, skill in identifying or using surgical instruments, and knowledge of aseptic techniques OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Bachelor's degree or four years of study leading to such a degree with courses related to the occupation for one year of specialized experience OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-5 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-5 For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
1 - Knowledge of safety precautions for clinical lab, morgue and frozen section room processes.
2 - Skill to assist in managing morgue and performing autopsies.
3 - Ability to follow policies for identification of patients.
4 - Skill to perform phlebotomy using standard procedures.
5 - Knowledge of specimen processing.

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.

Physical Requirements:
This position requires walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, and long periods of bending while performing autopsies or drawing blood.


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.

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Health Technician

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Department Of Veterans Affairs