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OPENING DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT:          August 18, 2022


POSITION TITLE:                                                  Registered Dental Assistant

SUPERVISES:                                                          No

STARTING SALARY:                                             $21.88 to $27.35 depending on experience

GRADE:                                                                    11

FLSA STATUS:                                                        Exempt or Non-Exempt

NUMBER OF POSITIONS:                                     1 – Full Time 1 – Part Time

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 Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) prepares patients for dental treatment and examinations and assists the Dentist in the chair during patient treatment.  They review patient records to determine the instruments and materials that will be needed; take x-rays of teeth and jaws.  The RDA also mixes and handles dental materials and makes preliminary impressions for dental prostheses.  In addition, they sterilize instruments, utensils, dressings, and equipment; clean dental rooms and equipment; and inventory and order supplies as needed.  The RDA maintains patient records and performs simple dental lab work, and other related work as required and assigned by the dentist.


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

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

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

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

·                     Procures charts and records needed by the dentist.

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

·                     Fabricates and cement temporary crowns.  Removes excess cement after permanent crown cementation.

·                     Mixes and handles dental materials.  Makes preliminary impressions for dental prostheses.

·                     Sterilizes instruments, utensils, dressings, and equipment.

·                     Maintains patient records by indicating the type of work performed.

·                     Cleans dental rooms and equipment.

·                     May perform coronal polishing of the teeth, apply fluoride varnish and/or pit and fissure sealants.

·                     Places post-extraction and periodontal dressings.  Removes sutures or post-operative irrigation as assigned by the dentist.

·                     Passes instruments and materials to the dentist upon request.

·                     Inventories supplies and orders routine supplies as needed.

·                     Other duties as assigned.


A.                 Ability to get along with supervisors, co-workers, and patients.

B.                 Knowledge of dental equipment, instruments, utensils, and dressings.

C.                 Skill in passing instruments and materials to the dentist.

D.                 Ability to inventory supplies and order routine supplies.

E.                  Skill in fabricating and cementing temporary crowns.

F.                  Ability to provide preventative dental education to patients and community groups.

G.                Ability to perform coronal polishing of the teeth, and apply fluoride varnish and sealants.


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.         Graduate from a board-approved RDA educational program (preferred); or complete at least 15 months (1280 hours) of satisfactory work experience as a dental assistant with a  dentist licensed in the United States; or complete a California Department of Education approved 4-month educational program and 11 months of work experience with a dentist licensed in the United States.

7.         Must have a valid license as a Registered Dental Assistant issued by the State of California

Board of Dental Examiners.

8.         Complete a board-approved course in coronal polishing.

9.         Complete a board-approved course in radiation safety.

10.       Complete eight (8) hour board-approved courses in infection control.


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 at 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 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: Associate's
Driver's License Required: Yes