Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.
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You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
This is a drug-testing designated position.
English Language Proficiency is required.
This position is located within the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System in Albuquerque, NM. The individual selected for this position has the responsibility for performing a variety of complex and demanding technical procedures on a broad range of patient specimens. Major duties and responsibilities include:
Process tissue specimens that are often delicate, irreplaceable, and difficult to handle;
Accession and label specimens;
Prepare specimens and reports for gross examination by a pathologist;
Orient specimens in paraffin using the embedding center to form paraffin blocks;
Section paraffin blocks of tissue and mount paraffin sections on slides;
Stain routine slides with hematoxylin and eosin;
Coverslip slides using an automated coverslipper;
Prepare minute biopsies;
Maintain frozen section area for rapid diagnosis in surgical cases;
Prepare reagents for special staining procedures;
Independently perform established quality control and quality assurance procedures;
Operate equipment such as microscopes, microtomes, tissue processors, cryostat, and embedding center;
Maintain adequate stock of supplies and reagents;
Adhere to established safety, infection control, and standard precautions;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION
: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
**In order to qualify for this position at the GS-7 level, you must possess at least one of the following criteria:
One year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in, or related to, the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is anatomical pathology technician work in: (a) cutting and staining very thin sections of human tissue specimens for microscopic examination; and/or (b) testing and examining body fluids and tissue specimens for abnormalities in cell structure. This experience should be reflected on your resume.
Successfully completed one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education directly related to the position of a Histopathology Technician as described above. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)
Possess equivalent combinations of graduate education and experience to meet the total experience requirements as listed above? (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)
**In order to qualify for this position at the GS-8 level, you must possess at least one of the following criteria:
One year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in, or related to, the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is anatomical pathology technician work in: (a) cutting and staining very thin sections of human tissue specimens for microscopic examination; and/or (b) testing and examining body fluids and tissue specimens for abnormalities in cell structure. This experience should be reflected on your resume.
Successfully completed one and one-half year (27 semester hours) of graduate education directly related to the position of a Histopathology Technician as described above. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)
Possess equivalent combinations of graduate education and experience to meet the total experience requirements as listed above. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)
In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: (Narrative responses are not required.)
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as use of microtome or cryostat and standing for long periods of time. Lifting of five gallon reagent containers is required. Occasionally it is required to work longer than eight hours per day or duty may be assigned on weekends, holidays, nights, and night callback. The work involves regular and returning risks and discomforts associated with working in a histology laboratory, e.g., working with hazardous chemicals and hazardous biological substances. The technician wears protective clothing such as coats, goggles, and gloves and uses safety precautions such as universal precautions and hoods.
- Knowledge of tissue processing.
- Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
- Ability to work independently and complete tasks.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
- Knowledge of data management techniques.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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. Please refer to this
to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "
SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference
," (go to
) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:
The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to
). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this
or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service
1501 San Pedro Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the
VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
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