Dental Hygienist – Community Outreach

In by Nikki Munro

Website Missoula County Partnership Health Center

SALARY:  Depends on Qualifications

SCHEDULING/HOURS OF WORK:  Regular Part-Time, 30 Hours Per Week to Regular, Full-Time 40 Hours Per Week

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Located halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and home to the University of Montana, Missoula is an academic center situated in an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Depending on the season, you can hike, ski, fish, float rivers, ride mountain bikes, or just sit back and marvel at the surrounding scenery. Join us in scenic, sophisticated, and service-oriented Missoula!

Partnership Health Center (PHC), 2019 and 2022 winner of the Employer of Choice Award for Missoula, and 2022 winner of the Montana Employer of Choice Award, offers impeccable, integrated services to over 18,000 individuals and families. A 14-site, co-applicant Federally Qualified Health Center with Missoula County, PHC fulfills its mission through the provision of a full range of primary care services – medical, dental, behavioral health, and an on-site pharmacy with a dedication to attending to the social determinants of health. Please visit our website to see the amazing benefits you will receive by joining our team such as medical (no cost for employee), dental, and vision insurance, loan forgiveness, retirement plan contributions, and generous paid sick and vacation time.


Provides Dental Hygienist services in the PHC Dental Clinic and at satellite locations.


Provides direct patient care in accordance with state dental laws.

  • Provides oral health education to patients.
  • Maintains patient charts, clinic progress notes, and PHC clinic records.
  • Works with PHC Dental Director and Coordinator to order supplies.
  • Serves as dental assistant upon request, including chair-side assisting, sterilization of equipment and radiograph processing.
  • Participates in PHC staff meetings.
  • Performs related work as required or directed.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the direction of the PHC Dental Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  None.   May act as a preceptor for dental hygiene students.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:  Works with the public seeking dental care; works closely with PHC and community health care providers, dental volunteers, all PHC staff and other Health Dept. employees. Acts as an expert in a professional field to inform people of their oral health status and problems and to influence patients to comply with oral health care recommendations.


KNOWLEDGE:  Thorough knowledge of dental office and dental hygiene practices, procedures and techniques.  Thorough knowledge of dental terminology and charting practices.  Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of dental health promotion and prevention.  Some knowledge of Federal and OSHA regulations for dental clinics. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of HIPAA compliance. Working knowledge of the PHC Corporate Compliance Guidelines.

SKILLS:  Skill in dental hygiene practices including dental cleanings and patient education.

ABILITIES:  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and groups.  Ability to effectively community in English orally and in writing.  Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality.   Ability to be culturally sensitive to the needs of the medically indigent.  Ability to respond to new client needs.  Ability to work effectively in a dynamic clinic environment and to handle multiple demands and responsibilities.


EDUCATION: Requires graduation from an accredited Dental Hygiene Program.  Requires a current license to practice dental hygiene in the state of Montana.

EXPERIENCE:  Work-related experience is desirable, but not required.  Experience working with a multi-disciplinary health care team desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Subject to passing a criminal background investigation that will require fingerprinting. Requires immunizations or proof of immunity to certain infectious diseases and a TB test. New employees will be asked to volunteer vaccination status for required vaccines upon hire and will be offered assistance during hiring to receive necessary immunizations.  Employees who have not received the vaccines required for their positions or who are unwilling to voluntarily provide vaccination status for required vaccines will receive a reasonable accommodation where such accommodation does not require an undue hardship or endanger the health or safely of any person.


The work requires lifting of supply boxes in the medium range (up to 30 lbs); requires exposure to x-ray equipment.  The employee may risk exposure to biohazards (ex. blood and disinfectant chemicals), and communicable diseases.  Work is performed walking or standing much of the time.  This position is not eligible for remote work.


  • Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted. A resume will not substitute for completing the work history section of the application.
  • Please include with your completed application the following attachments: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcripts, copy of Dental Hygienist license, copy of valid Driver’s License.
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.

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