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Civil Service


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 (Note: Under Executive Order 11935, only US citizens and nationals may be appointed to competitive service federal jobs. Exceptions can be made permitting the federal civil service to hire certain non-citizens when there are no qualified US citizens available, unless the appointment is prohibited by statute.)

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