As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
To be ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT, candidates must be a U.S. citizen. Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference in selection to qualified Indian preference candidates in the filling of a position by appointment, promotion, transfer, reassignment, reinstatement or any other personnel action. Eligibility for Indian Preference is determined by the current Indian Health Service policy.
There are two personnel systems for health care professionals:
Civil service is the United States government civilian personnel system.
The commissioned corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States government.
Each discipline has different pay scales and incentives so the dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy sites provide additional information on practice opportunities and personnel systems.
NAIHS total staff is about 3,500 of which 3,000 are civil service and 425 are commissioned officers. Positions are available for 270 physicians, 600 registered nurses, 80 dentists, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, engineers, and multiple other providers.
If you are looking for a particular health specialty, please select the specific discipline area below.