Department Of Veterans Affairs Little Rock , AR 72215

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This position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-06. At the GS-05 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-06. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

In this position you will work in the Clinical Laboratory of the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) as a Medical Technician. You will be responsible for performing tests such as urinalysis, occult blood tests and waived testing such as pregnancy testing. You will process specimens from inpatient and outpatient sources, perform phlebotomy, drug screens and other duties as described below:

  • Accession specimens;

  • Data input and verification of results;

  • Packs and labels biological specimens to be shipped to referral laboratories;

  • Process blood specimens and other body fluids;

  • Monitors and records refrigerator/freezer temperature;

  • Performs clerical tasks;

  • Maintains a clean and organized working environment;

  • Observes safety rules and regulations governing a clinical laboratory;

  • Uses common laboratory equipment and identifies problems, cause and makes corrections;

  • Maintains quality control;

  • Performs phlebotomies;

  • Performs employee drug screens;

  • Coordinates dispatch and pick-up for intra-laboratory transportation of specimens; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

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.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

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

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

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

  • May be required to serve a probationary period

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


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.

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Do you have experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients?

You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level, that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is: (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. At this level, specialized experience should include experience performing a variety of relatively standardized tests, examinations, and determinations. The procedures and techniques are well-established but involve many meticulous sequential steps to complete a test; and following written procedures which give carefully detailed instructions on each step of the assigned test and examinations. -OR-

You may substitute specialized experience with education if you have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects appropriate to the position to be filled. (Transcripts must be submitted at time of application)

Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience, as described above may also be qualifying. Note: only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to one year of specialized experience. (Transcripts must be submitted at time of application)

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Computer Skills

  • Infection Control

  • Specimen Collection

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


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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. For further information, visit:

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