Department of Veterans Affairs - Fort Harrison, MT

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  • Surgical Service - One Full-time, permanent position. This position is located in Surgical Service at the VA Montana Healthcare System, Fort Harrison (Helena), MT. Monday through Friday. Salary will be determined by a Compensation Panel and will be based on education and experience.
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A,

Appointment of persons with disabilities

[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or

Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more




All applicants who meet qualification requirements.

** These positions will remain open until filled. Applications will be pulled the second and fourth Monday of every month. Once a selection is made these vacancy announcements will be closed. **


U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.



A Podiatrist in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is an independent care provider who is highly skilled in the management and treatment of diseases of the feet and ankles. The incumbent will provide podiatric services to eligible veterans with emphasis on limb preservation. The podiatry service has an emphasis on the care of diabetic feet. Podiatrists perform diagnostic, restorative, preventive, and operative Podiatric medicine, as well as, associated prosthetic management. All VA podiatrists are either board certified or in the process of becoming board certified shortly after appointment. The Podiatry Service is located in the Surgery Clinic. The podiatrist is under the administrative supervision of the Chief, Surgical Services for clinical practice and other professional responsibilities. Practices and implements current safety policies and procedures and implements opportunities to improve environmental and operational safety per Joint Commission guidelines. Participates in QI monitoring and adheres to and promotes practice based on current standards of clinical practice.





Citizens of the United States.

(Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)



Degree of doctor of podiatric medicine, or its equivalent, from a school of podiatric medicine approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Approved schools are United States schools of podiatric medicine approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association in the year in which the degree was granted.


Licensure or Registration


Podiatrists (Except Residents).

Licensed to practice podiatry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Podiatrists are required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration in their State of licensure if this is a requirement of the particular State.

The facility Director may waive this requirement if the podiatrist is to serve in a country other than the United States and the podiatrist has licensure in that country.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:


All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at



This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...