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Date: Dec 5, 2017

Location: NEW PORT RICHEY, FL, US, 34654

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 25123 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: DENTAL HYGIENIST - 64000450

Position Number: 64000450 

Salary:  $41,197.13 - $57,199.96 

Posting Closing Date: 12/12/2017 






Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Pasco 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:

This is a professional position requiring a team approach in developing and implementing a Mobile Dental Unit in Pasco County. This is work:  performing under the direct, indirect, and/or general supervision of the attending dentist and providing dental hygiene and preventive services.  Promoting and evaluating community based dental preventive and health education programs; providing treatments as well as dental screenings; and performs record review and prepares reports as needed.   The program will be designed to provide dental services to students in Pasco County Schools and dental clinic locations.


Under the supervision of the dental program manager will assist the attending dentist in all expanded functions as permitted by the Florida Board of Dentistry.  Performs dental screenings, prophylaxis, sealants, and fluoride treatments.  Performs periodontal charting.  Exposes dental radiographs.  Provides education and demonstrates oral hygiene instructions.  Communicates home care and treatment needs to patients and parents of minors.  Cleans and disinfect operatories.  Sterilizes dental instruments.  Documents encounters in client records and charts dental restorations and treatment needs.  Assist the dentist in patient care as needed; acts as back up dental assistant preparing trays with instruments and supplies required; assist with fillings, extractions and root canals working in all DOH-Pasco dental clinic locations. Maintains and manages a hygiene recare appointment system according to DOH-Pasco Dental Policy and Procedure.


Upholds quality infection control standards through the sterilization or disinfecting of all operatory and laboratory equipment, instruments and supplies.  Responsible for ensuring that all the patient care is provided in an aseptic environment.  Handles all bio-hazardous waste and sharp objects according to Federal and state OSHA(Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines.  Maintains accurate charts and records by documenting treatment rendered, referrals, and/or prescriptions given to a patient, radiographs, phone conversations with patient and billing or receipt copies made. Plans, coordinates and implements outreach events with school and community partner organizations. Working under the guidelines of the DOH-Pasco while providing dental service to students in all dental clinic locations in Pasco County.


Organizes and maintains electronic and paper records and files for the dental program.  Manages use of EagleSoft electronic system, HMS in accordance with DOH procedures. Records all activity and time by DOH policy. Updates the dental program procedure manual, the Dental Material Safety Sheet log, the Dental hazardous materials Procedure Handbook and Dental Program Equipment Manuals as required by Federal, State, and DOH-Pasco regulations. Attends training and seminars as they become available to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities as it relates to duties and responsibilities. Responsible for securing the designated information sets for the purposes of protecting confidentiality, data integrity, and appropriate access for all information, both confidential and public record, which is stored in hard copy and electronic forms.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, Including Utilization of Equipment required for the position:   

Knowledge of dental terminology. Knowledge of dental hygiene principles and practices. Skill in using dental instruments and equipment. Skill in performing dental prophylaxis. Ability to instruct patients in preventive dental techniques. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities: Bi-lingual in Spanish and English, basic computer skills, and knowledge of EagleSoft Dental Software.


When completing the online application process, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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Important Notices- Please be advised:

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

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. 

Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

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

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.

Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.

Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

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.




Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country


Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waiver available

    Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums.  Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!

    Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:

    Single coverage is $50

    Family coverage is $180

     Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:

    Single coverage is $15

    Family coverage is $64.30



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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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