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OPENING DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT:          July 27, 2022


First Cut-Off Date 08 10 22

Second Cut-Off Date 08 24 22

Third Cut-Off Date 09 07 22

Final Cut-Off Date 09 21 22

POSITION TITLE:                                                  Dental Assistant (2)

SUPERVISES:                                                          No

STARTING SALARY:                                             $18.53 to $23.16 depending on experience

GRADE:                                                                    9

FLSA STATUS:                                                        Non-Exempt

NUMBER OF POSITIONS:                                     1

STATUS:                                                                   Permanent

HOURS:                                                                     Full Time

BENEFITS:                                                               Highly competitive package *See below

SUBJECT TO P.L. 101-630:                                     Yes – This position works with and around our children and youth and is therefore subject to P.L. 101-630.


The Dental Assistant (DA) prepares patients for dental treatment and examinations and assists the Dentist in the chair during patient treatment.  The DA reviews patient records to determine the instruments and materials that will be needed and takes x-rays of teeth and jaws.  The DA also mixes and handles dental materials and makes preliminary impressions for dental prostheses.  In addition, the DA sterilizes instruments, utensils, dressings, and equipment; cleans dental rooms and equipment; and inventories and orders supplies as needed.  The DA maintains patient records performing simple dental lab work, and other related work as required and assigned by dentists.


·                     Provides preventative dental education to clinic patients and community groups when required by the dentist.

·                     Provides oral suction, retraction, and other assistance during oral surgery.

·                     Prepares patients for treatment and examination by seating the patient, adjusting the chair at a convenient angle, and draping the patient.

·                     Have proper tray set-ups and patient records ready for each appointment.

·                     Takes x-rays of teeth and jaws as assigned by the dentist.

·                     Reviews patient’s record to determine what instruments and material will be needed and lays them out.

·                     Clean and disinfect rooms after each patient visit.

·                     Clean and sterilize all instruments, utensils, dressings, and equipment.

·                     Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of clients.

·                     Records and maintains client’s electronic health records and or hard copy records and dental encounters.

·                     Passes instruments and materials to the dentist upon request.

·                     Other duties as assigned.


A.                 Knowledge of oral hygiene techniques.

B.                 Ability to work as a team member.

C.                 Ability to work under the general/direct supervision of a dentist in a team setting.

D.                 Skill in basic personal computer including electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheet,  graphics, etc.

E.                  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

F.                  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

G.                 Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

H.                 Skill in operating and maintaining standard dental equipment.

I.                    Knowledge of dental terminology.


1.                  Must have a high school diploma or equivalent from an accredited high school.

2.                  Must have a valid California driver’s license or license from the current residence state.

3.                  Must pass P.L. 101-630 background check.

4.                  Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

5.                  Must have a valid CPR card or be able to obtain one within ninety (90) days of hire.


6.         Must have (1) a two-year college degree or (2) completion of a specialized course of study at a business or trade school or (3) completion of specialized training courses conducted by equipment vendors or (4) job-specific skills acquired through on-the-job training or apprenticeship program.

7.         Must have completed a board-approve course in radiation safety or be willing to take this course.

8.         Must possess a California Dental X-ray certificate or be willing to obtain it.

9.         Must possess a California Board-approved Coronal polish course certificate or be willing to obtain it.

10.       Must have three (3) to twelve (12) months of experience as a chairside assistant involved in the practice of dentistry or related experience.


1.  PHYSICAL SAFETY:   The work requires minor physical exertion, such as short periods of standing, walking over rough uneven surfaces, some recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities.  The job may require recurring lifting of lightweight objects with infrequent bending or stooping alternating with the lighter activities.  The job requires minimal agility and dexterity.

2.  WORKING ENVIRONMENT:   Regular exposure to unfavorable environments such as weather, body fluids, toxic laboratory, and industrial chemicals, or confined, dirty and noisy locations.  Employees may be required to use personal protective equipment such as masks, coats, gowns, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.


Uphold all principles of confidentiality.
Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards.
Interact in an honest, trustworthy, and respectful manner with employees, visitors, and vendors.
Participate in departmental staff meetings, quality management activities, and cultural and educational programs.
Comply with policies and procedures.
Display respect and understanding of Susanville Indian Rancheria’s traditions and values.
The way the employee relates to fellow employees, customers, and visitors is considered parallel in importance to technical knowledge and ability.
Any attitude or behavior that will tarnish the name or reputation of the Susanville Indian Rancheria will not be tolerated and is subject to disciplinary action.

1st Preference:              Enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe.

2nd Preference:             Documented proof of Veteran Status, i.e. DD-214, Veterans Benefit Card.

3rd Preference:             All other applicants.


The Susanville Indian Rancheria offers its full-time employees a highly competitive benefits package, including annual cost-of-living increases (based on SSA COLA); eligibility for annual merit increases; twelve paid holidays; thirteen days paid sick leave; up to twenty-six days paid annual leave (depending on the length of service); maternity leave; paternity leave; affordable group health, dental, vision, and life insurance; and 401(k) retirement plan.


All applicants are required to submit a Susanville Indian Rancheria/ Lassen Indian Health Center application. Applications can be found on our website at: (SIR – LIHC – Gaming Commission Application for Employment P.L. 101-630 Requirements) or picked up at 745 Joaquin Street, Susanville, CA.

Only complete applications will be considered. For your application to be considered complete you must attach the following:

1.   Completed Susanville Indian Rancheria/Lassen Indian Health Center Application.

2.   Copy of your High School Diploma AND College Degree or transcripts documenting your graduation or completion of your Degree.

3.   Copy of your valid Driver’s License.

4.   Copy of any other certifications required.

5.   Copy of Tribal Card, if claiming Indian Preference.

6.   Copy of DD214 or other proof of Veteran status, if claiming Veteran’s Preference.

Complete applications can be dropped off in person to the Human Resources Office at 745 Joaquin Street, Susanville, California, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They may also be emailed to or faxed to (530) 251-1895 or mailed to the above address.  All applications must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.


Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes