Occupational Therapist (#RH6002)
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$36.58-$44.46 Hourly / $6,340.00-$7,706.31 Monthly / $76,080.03-$92,475.76 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs diagnostic and therapeutic occupational therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the first licensed level class in the Occupational Therapist series. Incumbents perform a variety of occupational therapy services including assessment, planning, treatment, related documentation and communication. Initially, incumbents may work under immediate supervision, but as experience is gained, incumbents may exercise more latitude and judgment.


  • Performs occupational therapy evaluations and interprets findings.
  • Plans and implements occupational therapeutic treatments for patients; establishes appropriate treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff.
  • May direct the work of Occupational Therapy Assistants and/or student interns.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences; participates in in-service and staff development classes.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.


Licenses: Must possess and maintain a current license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy; and if required by the nature of the assignment, must also possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license.


Current occupational therapy theory, practices, applications, and processes; human anatomy and physiology related to treatments; basic principles of psychology and psychopathology; perceptual-motor theory and principles; medical terminology; basic computer operations, including pertinent software; basic medical record keeping.


Organize and implement occupational therapy treatment programs; teach techniques of treatment in specialty areas; conduct individual and group treatment programs; interpret and adapt physician orders and/or written reports; utilize computers and office automation equipment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; provide guidance and therapy instructions to patients; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, families, staff and others; maintain excellent customer relations; prepare reports; complete accurate medical records and/or charts.


Mobility - operation of a data entry device; frequent standing for long periods; constant walking; occasional pushing/pulling; occasional bending/squatting; Lifting - occasional lifting of 50 lbs. or more, restraining, lifting/turning people; Vision - frequent color perception; occasional eye/hand coordination, peripheral vision and depth perception; frequent reading; Dexterity - occasional holding and repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking - constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone and hearing faint sounds; Special Requirements - may require occasional overtime; may require weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological - occasional emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Environmental - occasional exposure to noise; may be exposed to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH6002; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;