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The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) seeks individuals who are committed to lifelong learning, who enjoy building relationships, and who believe in the mission of our department: dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. 

Want more information on what careers are available at DHW? Check out our links to the left under DHW Careers to learn more about what opportunities are available in our Divisions, what positions we might have available in a career field, internships, and career fairs we might attend.

How to apply online

If you are interested in applying for a job with DHW: 

  1. Review job openings
  2. Use the filter (on the right) to find a specific job category
  3. Select the job title
  4. Select the green “Apply” button to apply

If you can't find a job open that interests you at this time ... you can sign up to receive emails when jobs become available.

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To subscribe to a job category:

  • Select Menu
  • Select Job Categories Subscription
  • Select all the job categories you have an interest
  • Select Subscribe
  • Complete the Job Interest Card and Submit

You will receive job notifications for the next 12 months.

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Hiring information


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. 


The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email


Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.


Current openings

How do I see a list of your current openings?

You can see all of our current job openings and apply online.

Are there any part-time or temporary opportunities available?

All of our job openings are posted on our website. Announcements will specify if a position is full-time, part-time, or temporary.

How can I be alerted to any job openings I might be interested in applying for?

You can receive emails when jobs you are interested in become open by signing up at

To subscribe to a job category: 

  • Go to Menu 
  • Select Job Categories Subscription 
  • Select all the job categories you are interested in 
  • Select Subscribe 
  • Complete the Job Interest Card and Submit 

To subscribe to a specific job: 

  • Go to Menu 
  • Select Class Specifications 
  • Search for the job title 
  • Select the job title 
  • Select Subscribe button in the top right hand corner 
  • Complete the Job Interest Card and Submit 

You will receive job notifications for the next 12 months. After 11 months you will receive an email with a reminder to give you an opportunity to extend your notifications for another year. 

I applied for this position in 2021. Do I have to re-apply to be considered for new openings?


Application process

How do I apply for a job?

If you see a position you're interested in, you can apply by selecting the Apply button on the job announcement and following the steps below:

  1. Complete the State of Idaho Employment Application. When using Apply Online for the first time, you will need to create an account that stores your personal and employment information online. After you've completed all of the sections, your information is ready to go for future state job applications. You can update it at any time.
  2. Complete an exam for each announcement for which you apply. Most announcements will have a corresponding exam you will need to take. The exam gives applicants the opportunity to demonstrate how they meet the minimum qualifications for the position. You can preview exams by clicking on the Questions Tab at the top right of each job announcement.
I've applied. What happens now?

If you applied online, you are able to follow the status of every position you apply for by accessing your online account.

May I just send a resume?

No. State jobs require a State of Idaho Employment Application and a completed exam. Sometimes a resume is also required; each job announcement contains instructions on how to apply and what information is necessary to complete the process.

How can I get an internship with DHW?

Several of our programs offer internships; we try to advertise opportunities with nearby university and college career centers. 

If you are interested in an internship, you may also contact human resources at Include a resume, what type of internship you are looking for, and which part(s) of the state you are willing to work. Our human resources staff will forward your inquiry to any applicable programs to see if they may have an opportunity for you.

I live out of state; can I apply for a job? How do I interview?

DHW accepts applications from anyone, no matter what their location. Job interviews are arranged by the manager doing the hiring. As an out-of-area applicant, if you are asked to interview, you are welcome to inquire about telephone or virtual interviews.

How long does it take for an exam to be scored?

Exams are typically scored after the announcement has closed. Scoring can take up to a couple of weeks depending on several factors, including the number of applicants and length of exam.

I've received my exam score and see that I've been added to the hiring list for consideration. What happens next?

After all exams have been scored, a hiring list is created from the top scoring applicants. The hiring manager will review these applications, and will contact you directly if they have any questions or wish to schedule an interview.

Where can I get more information about the state hiring process?

For an overview of the state hiring process, visit the Idaho Division of Human Resources.

Job requirements

How do I know what is required for a position?

Minimum qualifications (requirements) are listed on each job announcement and corresponding exam. You can preview the exam by clicking on the Questions tab at the top right of each announcement.

Do you have to be a state employee to apply for jobs?

No. Only jobs that have been announced Department Promotional or Statewide Promotional are limited to DHW or state of Idaho employees. Most of our job announcements are open to the public.

Do you need a degree or licensure to work for DHW?

Not necessarily. Many of our positions only require experience and/or completion of related training. You can see all job requirements on the job announcement under minimum qualifications. For additional information about the level of education, experience, or licensure required for a position, you can click on the questions tab at the top right of each announcement.

The job announcement says applicants need to be licensed as a social worker in Idaho. What are the requirements for obtaining licensure?

For questions regarding social worker licensure, you will need to contact the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses at

General questions

I’m having issues signing into my account. I have enabled cookies and tried different computers and browsers. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong – can you help?

For problems with the application website, we recommend contacting NEOGOV at their applicant Support toll-free number: 855-524-5627, Monday through Friday, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific Time. If that does not work, we recommend contacting the Idaho Division of Human Resources. They can be reached at 800-554-5627 or

Do veterans receive any kind of hiring preference?

The state of Idaho is committed to our veterans. For more information about veterans' preference points and eligibility, visit the Division of Human Resources.

For jobs with a “statewide” location, how do I know if positions are open where I live?

Most of our statewide announcements are open until further notice, and we use the announcements to fill vacancies as they occur around the state. That means that at the time you apply, we may or may not have an opening. When a position becomes available, a hiring list will be created from the qualified applicants who have indicated they would be willing to work in the corresponding location.

What are the employee benefits?

The state of Idaho offers a competitive benefits package to employees. For a complete list of all benefits, select the Employee Benefits section or visit the Idaho Division of Human Resources website.

What kind of training will I receive?

DHW offers multiple training opportunities, beginning with our New Employee Orientation and Introduction to the department. We have an online learning system, as well as many classroom opportunities. Many of our programs also offer specific on-the-job training for their positions.