Oral Health Professional I - Dental Hygienist (1 Year Term)

Job Summary

Location: Norman Wells
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 23082
Salary: $87,419 - $104,423
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located in the school in their community and reporting directly to the Territorial Specialist, Oral Health Care, you independently provide clinical intra-oral assessment and preventative dental treatment to school age children (grades K to 6) routinely. Based on their oral examination, you identify students needing treatment and will develop a plan under the guidance of a supervising dentist and provide direct patient care intervention, recognizing and managing dental emergencies, post-extraction complications, and maintaining the health of the dental patient within their scope of practice. Any patient requiring dental intervention beyond their scope shall be referred to a dentist. Interventions include but are not limited to taking X-rays, providing fluoride treatment, sealants, debriding, scaling and performs recall examinations. You can also perform, on an emergency basis, oral examination and diagnosis for adult patients. 

You will also develop and deliver community based oral/dental health promotion and educational activities to be distributed in schools and in partnership with a public health, community health representatives and community nurses and other health care professionals (preschool physicals, diabetes mini clinic, and healthy families).

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by: 

In Canada, Dental Hygienists must successfully complete a dental hygiene diploma or bachelor program and 2 years of experience. 

Licensed with the NWT Professional Registrar as a Dental Hygienist.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 Year Term.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Eligible for current registration/certification with NWT Professional Registrar as a Dental Hygienist is mandatory for this position. 

For more information on health and social services careers and practicing in the Northwest Territories please visit www.practiceNWT.ca

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories.  In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #23082

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $44.83 per hour (approximately $87,419 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $21,402.