Healthcare Careers

Join Idaho's leader in health and human services. Enjoy meaningful work in a professional, challenging, and rewarding atmosphere, with a work-life balance that is hard to come by in today's world. The Department of Health and Welfare has numerous opportunities for healthcare workers throughout our Department.  Not only do we need healthcare workers in our institutions, we use healthcare workers throughout many of our Divisions. To see the various healthcare positions we use at the institutions and in our Divisions, visit the DHW Careers page.

We offer opportunities for Psychiatrists, Medical Physicians and Psychologists at our State Hospital South (Blackfoot), State Hospital North (Orofino) and State Hospital West (Nampa). We have numerous opportunities throughout our Department for Nursing. We are also frequently looking to fill Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Speech and Language Therapist positions in various Divisions. Some of our positions below offer loan repayment and relocation assistance in addition to our other numerous competitive benefits.

Interested in one of the positions below and don't see it listed on our job openings?  Contact Lisa Lockard at 208-332-7206 or

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  • Lead a multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Develop psychiatric diagnostic evaluations
  • Review and monitor clinical staff records
  • Provide staff training on psychiatric diagnosis & treatment to non-physicians
  • Provide consultation to other primary providers
  • May provide psychiatric consultation to community physicians & agencies
  • Serve on various hospital committees
  • Provide authoritative psychiatric opinion on various issues
Medical Physician
Medical Physician
  • Provide medical direction for units and staff
  • Perform medical diagnostic and treatment evaluations
  • Develop, monitor, and review medical policies
  • Advise staff on medical issues and referrals
  • Direct medical teaching rounds and provide in-services
  • Assessment
  • Interview patients and administer diagnostic tests and interpret psychological assessment instruments
  • Formulate diagnoses and provide therapeutic intervention in unusual and atypical cases
  • Clinical Services/Therapy
  • Develop discipline goals and objectives
  • May provide individual, family, or group therapy
  • Design and implement behavior modification programs
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team composed of physicians, psychologists, nursing and other healthcare staff to provide comprehensive medical and counseling services to patients
  • Provide expertise to staff in developing treatment plans and in utilizing innovative treatment techniques and assessments
  • Consultation
  • Collaborate with physicians and other healthcare staff to develop and implement treatment and intervention programs
Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant
Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant
  • Provide direct client care for youth and adolescents
  • Assessing, diagnosing, planning
  • Prescribing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments, therapeutic and corrective measures
  • Health promotion and preventive care
  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary Treatment Team

If you’re passionate about quality patient care and being able to make a difference for Idaho citizens, we invite you to consider a career with DHW. In addition to providing meaningful work, nurses have the opportunity to work in different facets of the department and with various client/patient populations and programs. To learn more about these positions, you can you can view their job descriptions (class specifications). To see if any of the opportunities below are offered in our Divisions, visit the DHW Careers page.

Opportunities may include:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Registered Nurse, Senior (RN)
  • Nurse Manager (RN)
  • Health Facility Surveyor (RN)
  • Health Program Specialist (LPN or RN)
  • Health Program Manager (LPN or RN)
  • Clinical Specialist - Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Occupational Therapists/Physical Therapists/Speech & Language Therapists
Occupational Therapists/Physical Therapists/Speech & Language Therapists

Opportunities for OT/PT and Speech and Language Therapists are needed in multiple Divisions.