Dental Assistant (40 Hour)

Recruitment #230911-2341FK-001


Attention Dental Assistants: Are you open to work with the State of Connecticut? If so, this is your chance to work for a Forbes top company!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Correction (DOC) is recruiting for a Dental Assistant (40 Hour) at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, CT. Incumbents in this position will have an opportunity in dental assisting procedures including, but not limited to restorative, prosthodontic, periodontic, endodontic and oral surgery.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings.
  • Sick and personal leave.
  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV).
  • We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • Engage in a rewarding career.
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success.
  • Make a difference in the public sector.
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment. 
Position Highlights 
  • The position is first shift, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday, 40 hours a week.
  • As a Dental Assistant with us, you will have the opportunity to: 
    • Assist with procedures involving restorative, prosthodontic, periodontic, endodontic and oral surgery;
    • Prepare dental restorative and prosthetic materials;
    • Ensure compliance with OSHA regulations on infection control;
    • Record medical histories. 
About Us
The MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution is a level 4/5, high/maximum security level multi-mission facility for adult males. Based on its offender population, it is the largest correctional facility in New England. It came into being on May 15, 2001, as the result of the consolidation of the Walker Reception and Special Management Unit and the MacDougall Correctional Institution and sits on a combined 140 acres.

The MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution provides a highly structured environment to manage long-term sentenced offenders, protective custody offenders and high bond unsentenced offenders with programs designed to address the needs of each population.

For an inside look at what it is like to work as a DOC employee, watch the video below!

Selection Plan

To Apply
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important Information After You Apply
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Nicholas Naples at


In a state dental clinic this class is accountable for performing instrument exchange in all areas of dentistry and assisting dentists in other clinic functions.


Performs instrument exchange procedures for operative dentistry (including general dentistry, pedodontics, prosthetics, orthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery); prepares dental restorative and prosthetic materials; assists in oral surgery as required; ensures compliance with OSHA regulations on infection control; prepares, develops and mounts radiographs; records medical histories; prepares and performs daily maintenance of major equipment; maintains equipment and supply inventories; schedules appointments; prepares a variety of requests for individual diagnostic testing; processes billing and/or insurance information; illustrates proper preventive dental hygiene to individuals; assures completeness and accuracy of dental medical records; prepares reports and correspondence; may send out reminder cards; may participate in dental health information program; may assist in taking radiographs; may pour molds when necessary; may act as triage and/or receptionist for incoming individual telephone calls; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of dental assisting operative procedures; interpersonal skills; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.


One (1) year of experience in dental assistant work.


Completion of a Dental Assisting Program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience assisting left and right-handed Dental set-ups.
  • Bilingual candidate (English/Spanish), preferred.
  • Experience working with Correctional or Forensic Populations.
  • Experience in the instrument counts during sterilization process and cleaning/maintaining the autoclave utilized for sterilization. 
  • Experience maintaining dental vacuum filters, dental lines, & Dental Operatory Filter.


1. Candidates must have successfully completed the Infection Control Examination (ICE) administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

2. Candidates must have successfully completed the Dental Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions, communicable and/or infectious diseases and some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.