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Many health professionals choose to pursue a career in Indian health through the federal civil service personnel system. This well-traveled path provides great career flexibility and generous federal employee benefits. Plus, as there are no age or physical eligibility requirements, the civil service is a compelling choice for both experienced professionals and recent graduates alike.


  • Competitive starting salary and benefits.
  • 13 - 26 days paid vacation, depending on experience.
  • 10 paid federal holidays.
  • Up to 13 days sick leave per year.
  • Comprehensive health insurance.
  • No-cost malpractice coverage.
  • Comprehensive retirement program.
  • Thrift savings (contributory) retirement plan with government match.
  • Annual continuing education where available.

Eligibility Requirements

  • US citizenship
  • Applicant must have active, current, valid & professional nursing license in any State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
  • Degree or Diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at time the program was completed by the applicant.

Visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  for more information on employment and benefits as a federal civil servant.