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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare seeks individuals who are committed to lifelong learning, who enjoy relationship building, and who believe in the mission of our department. If you are interested in a career where your work makes a difference, we encourage you to join our team.

How to become an Idaho Department of Health & Welfare employee:

  • Visit the State of Idaho Job Opportunities website at   
  • Use the Filter on the right to limit your job search to a Job Category or multiple Job Categories.
  • Click on the job title you are interested in applying.
  • Click the green Apply button in the top right hand corner.

For additional information and FAQs about the state hiring process, see our Application Tips brochure or visit DHR's Job Seeker FAQs

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

The state of Idaho is committed to our veterans. For more information about veterans' preference points and eligibility, click here.
No. Only jobs that have been announced Department Promotional or Statewide Promotional are limited to IDHW or state of Idaho employees. Most of our job announcements are open to the public.
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.


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.

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

To subscribe to a job category: 
• Click on Menu 
• Click on Job Categories Subscription 
• Select all the job categories you are interested in 
• Click on Subscribe 
• Complete the Job Interest Card and click Submit 

To subscribe to a specific job: 
• Click on Menu 
• Click on Class Specifications 
• Search for the job title 
• Click on the job title 
• Clink on the green Subscribe button in the top right hand corner 
• Complete the Job Interest Card and click 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. 

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 Please 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.

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

  1. Completing 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. Once 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. Completing 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.

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.

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

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.

Yes. We are unable to merge applications from one announcement to another.

IDHW 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 interviews.

For problems with the application website, we recommend contacting NEOGOV at their applicant Support toll-free number: 1-855-524-5627, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  If that does not work, we recommend contacting the Idaho Division of Human Resources. They can be reached at 1-800-554-5627 or

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

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.

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.

For questions regarding social worker licensure, you will need to contact the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licensing at

The state of Idaho offers a competitive benefits package to employees. For a complete list of all benefits please click on the Employee Benefits section or visit the Idaho Division of Human Resources website.
IDHW offers multiple training opportunities, beginning with our New Employee Orientation and Introduction to Health and Welfare. 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.

For an overview of the state hiring process, click here.