Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Iakhiienawá:se’ Sénha Aioianerénhake ne Enióhrhen’ne

Helping Build a Better Tomorrow

Dental Hygienist

Division: Health Service, Dental Clinic

Job Code: 29-2021

Status: Full-time, permanent, exempt

SUMMARY: Under the direct supervision of the Chief Dentist, the Dental Hygienist will perform dental hygiene services such as, but not limited to, oral prophylaxis, periodontal screenings, full mouth debridement, periodontal scaling and planning, fluoride varnishes, take and process radiographs, apply dental sealants and place temporary fillings. In addition to providing these services in our dental clinic, the Dental Hygienist will be expected to provide preventive dental services to the children of the community at the local schools, Saint Regis Mohawk Elementary and Salmon River Central School.


  • Removing calcareous deposits, accretions and stains from the exposed surfaces of the teeth which begin at the epithelial attachment.
  • The use of sonic, ultrasonic, and piezoelectric devices for the removal of supra or sub-gingival calculus, which includes scaling and root planing.
  • Applying topical agents indicated for a complete dental prophylaxis.
  • Placing and removing temporary restorations and placing dental sealants.
  • Placing and exposing X-ray films.
  • Performing topical fluoride applications, desensitizing agents and topical anesthetic applications.
  • Taking medical history and review patient's medical and dental history and consult with the dentist for any medically compromised patients prior to treatment.
  • Taking blood glucose and blood pressure readings when appropriate.
  • Oral Cancer screening, head and neck examinations including all soft and hard tissues.
  • Performing oral health education, dietary counseling and the implementation of treatment plans for plaque control based on individual needs.
  • Planning, maintaining, and implementing a recall system with the aid of the dental receptionist.
  • Responsible for maintaining and ordering hygiene materials as needed (i.e. toothbrushes, toothpaste, fluoride, etc.) with prior approval of the Dental Program Manager.
  • To assist the dental program at health fairs, career days, and other presentations in the community.
  • To assist with preschool programs for the annual dental screenings and quarterly application of fluoride.
  • To assist with school based sealant program.
  • Maintaining the equipment on a daily and weekly basis for proper function.
  • Properly disinfecting, bagging, dating, and sterilizing the dental instruments.
  • Will adhere to universal precautions at all times.
  • Will maintain all requirements for New York State Dental Hygiene Licensure {C.E. requirements, BLS certification ... )
  • Abide by the Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services Department policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the parameters of your certification and licensure.
  • Maintain strict patient confidentiality.
  • Be on time.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: There are no supervisor requirements for this position.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Due to the sensitive nature of information, must maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Completion of an accredited dental hygiene program; current, unrestricted NVS Dental Hygiene license; Current BLS certification; minimum of five years’ experience; experience with electronic dental records, e.g. Dentrix software. Consideration will be given to an equivalent, relevant combination of education/experience in the Human Resource or benefits field. Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) and/or Tribal Human Resource Professional certification is an asset. Upon hire, must work toward and obtain both, or equivalent certifications.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Job Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Status Card or letter) by email to or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.


The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.


A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.

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