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Date: Nov 19, 2020

Location: PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL, US, 34986

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

Requisition No: 264261 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS DENTAL ASSISTANT - 64956551

Position Number: 64956551 

Salary:  $17.00 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 11/29/2020 

Minimum Qualifications

 Current Florida Dental Assistant Certification and/or 1 year Dental Assistant experience


 Preferred Qualifications


 Experience working with adults

 Experience working with Florida Medicaid programs



Special note: Bilingual preferred, Associate degree preferred, Part time position (up to 29 hours weekly)


 Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. Electronic application must be completed to be considered for this position.  Applicants selected to participate in the skills verification and/or interview process will be contacted by telephone, so please make sure your contact information on the People First Staffing System is current and accurate. Requisitions may be used to fill multiple vacancies.


Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.



Ability to prepare, sterilize, and maintain dental instruments and equipment

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Ability to communicate effectively

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Experience placing sealants as well as working with children and adults

Experience using dental software

Able to travel to other sites

Able to lift at least 25 pounds


This is a dental support position based in a multi-faceted dental care program.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Dentist; however, direct responsibility is to any chairside dentist in the provision of patient care, and this employee shall follow instructions by the dentists to assure high quality dental care.  This position will also serve HIV adults. During the absence of the Dentist, the person in this position is required to work the desk area, as well as chairside, when necessary to maintain facility operations.


Incumbent is expected to communicate (by phone or in person) in a courteous and professional manner at all times.

Seats and drapes patients Taking digital Periapical, BWX or Panoramic Radiograph on adults or children, sets up dental instruments, and ensures that all equipment is in proper working condition.  Cleans and disinfects operatory before each patient is seated; sterilizes and disinfects all instruments between patients, or as appropriate.   Maintains appropriate inventory as directed by the Dentist.  Assists dentist in the chairside care of dental patients:

 Aspiration of oral cavity

 Adjustment of equipment and light source

 Spraying of air and water in the oral cavity

 Mixing dental materials and cements

 Handing and receiving dental instruments

 Performs all expanded duties permitted by State Law

 Other related chairside duties


Assumes responsibility for disease prevention program.  Perform child prophylaxis, oral hygiene instructions, and Topical Fluoride Application placing sealants on permanent molars and other duties authorized by an expanded function Dental Assistant as directed by a licensed Dentist in accordance with department policy and State Law for all new and recall patients.

Maintains patient dental records according to department policy, reviews medical charts, demonstrates job knowledge of dental procedures and is familiar with names and uses of instruments.  Maintains current knowledge of techniques and procedures.  Completes all required patient charting accurately.


Maintains required paperwork, including reviewing encounter forms for completeness; submits clinic reports on time to meet scheduled deadlines. Submits travel, invoices or receives in MFMP in accordance to FS 215.422 Prompt Payment Statue (NOTE: Persistent failure to comply with this section by any agency of the state or the judicial branch shall constitute good cause for discharge of employees duly found responsible, or predominantly responsible, for failure to comply).


Performs other related duties as assigned in addition to the temporary assignment to other clinic sites. 


If you have difficulty applying for this position, please contact People First at 877-562-7287 for assistance.  For position questions please call 772-873-4939.


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. 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 upon 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.


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, please visit the SSS website: 


This posting could be used to fill future vacancies.


This posting may fill multiple positions.


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: Port Saint Lucie