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Dental Hygienist
Title:Dental Hygienist
Job Status:Intermittent

Dental Hygienist 


SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation. 

Position Summary

Assist the SEARHC Dental Division in delivering optimum age specific prevention and curative periodontal and dental care for the SEARHC patient population. The employee of this position performs hygiene services on infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.


  1. Provide age specific patient education in the prevention and control of oral disease stressing the importance of oral hygiene and home care. Counsels patients regarding nutrition.
  2. Examination of oral tissues, performs deep scaling, root planning, coronal polishing of teeth, and applies topical fluoride. Measures and marks periodontal pockets. Performs x-rays, record pulse, blood pressure and temperature.
  3. Coordinates and conducts dental prevention activates, including health fairs, sealant clinics & Head Start clinics.
  4. Maintains hygienist supplies and instruments, including sterilization of instruments
  5. Other related duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications


  • Graduate of Two year Dental Hygiene Program
  • Bachelor Degree preferred
  • Pass the National Board Examination for Dental Hygienist


  • Current Alaska State Dental Hygiene License.
  • If Commissioned Officer then current state dental hygiene license

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Working knowledge of proper infection control techniques
  • Understanding of the principles of dental and periodontal disease and appropriate treatment therapies
  • Working knowledge of the proper use of dental instruments


  • Clinical hygiene skills
  • Oral and written communication ability
  • Accurate clinical judgment


  • Physically able to sit over patient for hours at a time
  • Dexterity with hands


At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.

We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

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