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Date: Dec 13, 2019

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Requisition No: 71699 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS DENTAL HYGIENIST - 64953373

Position Number: 64953373 

Salary:  $27.50 to $28.00 hourly rate 

Posting Closing Date: 09/05/2019 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent if part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Polk County in its mission to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts and its vision to be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence in all aspects of their work.  

The employee in this position provides dental hygiene services to eligible clients at the Polk County Health Department dental clinics.  In addition, the dental hygienist is responsible for conducting preventive/educational dental health programs at various locations in the community.  Employee reports directly to the Dental Director. However, work is performed under the supervision of the Clinic Dentist.  Incumbent is expected to communicate (by phone or in person) in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency operations functions required of the incumbent include but are not limited to special needs shelters, Red Cross shelters, or other emergency functions.


Performs dental prophylaxis; scaling and root planning procedures; exposes dental radiographs, instructs patients in preventive dental techniques, including proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques; and applies dental sealants.


Plans, develops and conducts dental health education or prevention programs, including infection control and OSHA topics. Presents in-service training programs on Dental Health care practice for clinic and school. Develops and evaluates educational materials and resources.


Completes and maintains dental records of patients in accordance with County Health Department dental policies and state guidelines established for the dental program.  Develops and maintains an effective and systematic patient recall system for all eligible patients. Is responsible for the implementation and utilization of this recall system.


Attends staff meetings and performs related work as required


Complies with all Department of Health and Dental security and confidentiality rules and requirements


This position serves a large population of Spanish /Creole speaking clients and employee may be required to perform interpreter duties, if bilingual.


Employee in this position maybe required to travel to all PCHD dental clinics to perform the above duties


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of dental hygiene
  • Knowledge of agency policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of general office procedures and practices
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic
  • Skills in effective verbal and written communication
  • Skills in problem solving
  • Skills in computer software application
  • Skills in coordination
  • Ability to perform clinical hygiene procedures
  • Ability to prepare and maintain dental records
  • Ability to provide chair-side assistance, including prepare, clean, and maintain dental equipment and instruments
  • Ability to provide counsel and instruction to patient and family on dental care and treatments
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to speak effectively and to adopt lecture material for presentation to various types of audiences
  • Ability to supervise people


Licensure, Registration, Certification requirements:

  • This occupation requires licensure as a Dental Hygienist in accordance with Chapter 466, Florida Statutes.
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.


***Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. 

***Note: Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade. 

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, visit

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland