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
There are three Human Resource systems utilized within the IHS and tribal facilities. Two systems provide federal benefits; the commissioned corps and civil service. The other system, direct tribal hire, is similar to the private sector where benefits are provided by the individual tribe entity. Of all the optometrists providing eye care for AI/AN, the majority are commissioned corps officers and direct tribal hires with the remaining being under civil service. Human Resource options available vary with the location of the hospital or health center. Ask about Human Resource options when inquiring about each job.
The commissioned corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States government.
Learn more at the PHS Commisioned Corps web site .
Civil Service is the United States government civilian personnel system.
Learn more at the Civil Service web site .
Direct Tribal Hire
Benefits are offered by the tribe and vary from tribe to tribe. Apply directly to the tribe offering the position.
The majority of health care facilities are located in predominantly rural settings on reservations throughout 35 states primarily in the western United States including Alaska. Optometrists, in both tribal and IHS programs provide optometric care working within a multidisciplinary health team where a true peer relationship exists.