Dental Hygienist, PT (20 hrs/wk)

Native American Rehabilitation Association(NARA)
12750 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233
TBD based on experience, education, and internal equity.
Jan 22, 2021
Mar 23, 2021
PT Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist
Contract Type
Job Type
Part Time

The Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) is private non-profit that provides culturally appropriate physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment for American Indians, Alaska Natives and other vulnerable people. NARA values its employees and their connection with our mission to provide education, physical and mental health services; it is the quality and dedication of our employees that makes us great. There is no greater commitment we can make as an organization than to support employee growth by giving the necessary resources to grow professionally as well as personally. NARA’s success as an agency depends upon the success of its people.


NARA offers employees who work 20 or more hours a week a full benefit package including medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance. We provide company paid STD, LTD, basic Life and AD&D benefits. In addition, we offer a 401(k) plan with a company match and supplemental life and accident benefits. Employees enjoy 12 paid holidays a year with generous vacation and sick time benefits.


Position Summary

The Dental Hygienist will provide comprehensive dental hygiene services to Native American and Alaska Native patients and other vulnerable populations.


  • Provide patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse.
  • Take and expose dental x-rays.
  • Remove calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • Apply preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants, fluoride, silver diamine fluoride)
  • Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
    (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • Counsel patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health.
  • Perform documentation and office management activities as assigned.
  • Administer topical and local anesthesia.
  • Develop individual prevention plans for each patient.
  • Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health
    (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling).
  • Chart patient dental records accurately.
  • Maintain excellent asepsis and infection control.
  • Provide clinical services for mentally ill and/or drug affected/recovering patients.
  • Work in a team environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

To Qualify

  • Two years’ experience as a registered dental hygienist preferred.
  • Associate or Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate and valid license to practice dental hygiene issued by the State of Oregon.
  • Oregon dental hygiene license must include, or have the ability to obtain, a local anesthesia permit; current Healthcare Provider CPR certification or the ability to obtain the certification.
  • Knowledge of Native American culture preferred
  • Frequently involves sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
  • Occasionally involves light work: exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force to move objects.
  • Requires the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discrimination in sound.
  • Requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas or important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Often requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm.
  • Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.
  • Occasionally requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time; occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles; infrequently requires crouching.
  • Local travel is occasionally required.  Travel outside of the state is infrequently required.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members.
  • Work collaboratively with clients, other NARA staff, team members, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Experience working within the Native American/Alaska Native community is considered a plus.
  • If in recovery, must have a minimum of two years sobriety/clean time.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment or for cause drug tests.
  • Ability to pass criminal background and DMV checks.
  • Must be able to pass an Orchards finger printing and background check.



This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, the agency reserves the rights to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.


EEO/AA Employer/Vets/Disabled/Race/Ethnicity/Gender/Age. Within scope of Indian Preference, all candidates receive equal consideration. Preference in hiring is given to qualified Native Americans in accordance w/the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, US Code, Section 472 and 473).


To Apply: email your resume to and be sure to include the name of the position that you are interested in as well as your wage requirements.