Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (PHLEBOTOMIST) in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Duties



The incumbent serves as a Medical Technician in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Caribbean Healthcare performing multiple tasks and other duties classified as simple to complex at our San Juan OPA/Lab, FT. Buchanan Clinic, Guayama CBOC, Ceiba CBOC, Arecibo CBOC AND Comerio Rural Clinic. The Medical Technician duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Collects and processes blood and body fluid specimens.
  • Reviews laboratory orders and verifies that the proper tubes and used and the correct amount of blood is drawn.
  • Accepts and accessions laboratory order into the Computer System and label all tubes with the patient's information..
  • Collect blood cultures using aseptic techniques.
  • Provide verbal and/or written instructions to patients of Semen Analysis Collections, Urine Cytology Collections, 24 hrs Timed Urines test, collection of stool specimens (for ova and parasites, culture and sensitive, occult bloods), etc...
  • Assist in teaching laboratory and clinic personnel/student theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection and specimen requirements.

Work Schedule:4 hour shift Monday to Saturday 1 day off (5:00am-9:00am, 6:00am-10:00am, 7:00am-11:00am, 8:00am-12:00pm, 9:00am-1:00p,) Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (PHLEBOTOMIST)/672-11472A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required Not required Learn more about this agency


Incumbent perform blood and body fluids collections for a wide range of diagnostic laboratory test and labeling of specimens for the laboratory. Performs routine repetitive diagnostic procedures such as venipuncture for collection of blood specimens and collection/acceptance of other body fluids such as urine or semen. Incumbent records test time and intervals as appropriate. Processes and assures proper storage and handling of specimens. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while drawing blood or performing testing. Uses hospital computer system to perform routine work such as, reviewing and accepting laboratory orders, entering test accessions and gathering information required to complete assigned duties.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0645 Medical Technician

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/26/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement:Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-4 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-3. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment..

Selective Placement Factor: Proficiency in English and Spanish written and Spoken

General Experience: 6 months of general experience which is any type of work that demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter of processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. AND Specialized Experience: 6 months of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-3). Specialized experience must include: Prepares samples, (i.e., blood, urine, tissue) common to the laboratory. Measures, aliquots and records the total volume of the 24 hour urine collections. Assist in the centrifugation of samples at different laboratory sections. Follows standard procedures and applies a practical knowledge of the properties of the specimen to ensure effective presentation of the qualities or characteristics critical for accurate testing or examination. Collects blood specimens from ambulatory patients in the outpatient clinics using aseptic venipuncture techniques. Collects blood specimens under special conditions with special techniques requiring advanced expertise, e.g., blood cultures. Prepares solutions for lactose and xylose for patient testing. OR A successful completion of (a) an associate- degree course of (a)study of which the 2nd year of the 2-year program included successful completion of a training course of approximately a year's duration in a certified laboratory assistant school approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; (b) 1 year of study that included 6 semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences, plus successful completion of the training course as described in (a) above for GS-3; or (c) 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of chemistry and/or biological science course work that must have been directly related to the specialization of the position to be filled. Transcript is required. OR An equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. Transcript is required and your resume must document your experience. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
  • Customer Service
  • Diagnostic Medical Testing
  • Infection Control
  • Medical Information
  • Specimen Collection
  • Technical Competence

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Physical Requirement: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking, bending or running or climbing ladders or scaffolds to observe, collect, or record research data. In many situations the duration of the activity, such as most of a workday contributes to the arduous nature of the job. In other situations, such as in a laboratory, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
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  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

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The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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  • SF-50
  • Transcript
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/26/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information

(787) 641-7582



San Juan VA Medical Center 10 Calle Casia San Juan, PR US

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Next steps

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/07/2018 to 03/26/2018

Salary: $29,847 to $38,798 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 4

Work schedule: Part-Time - 20 Hours

Appointment type: Permanent