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Psychiatric Technician Trainee

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: December 21, 2015 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 07780004567
Salary Range: $12.05 - $14.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Blackfoot, Nampa, Orofino

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is filling Psychiatric Technician Trainee positions. This announcement will be used to fill current and future vacancies at State Hospital South (Blackfoot), State Hospital North (Orofino), and Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (Nampa).

This announcement may be used to fill permanent, temporary, and/or part-time positions. When updating your online application, please select all job type/shift preferences you would be willing to accept.  

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test.

Applicants will be required to pass a background investigation after a conditional offer of employment.

General Information:

  • This is a trainee level position. When training is satisfactorily completed, the employee may be eligible for promotion to Psychiatric Technician.
  • Benefits may include Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance, vacation and sick leave and a retirement program.
  • Employees may be required to work weekends, holidays, day, evening and night shifts (swing or night shifts include 5% shift pay).


  • Provide personal care for patients.
  • Provide group and/or individual services in psychosocial treatment, disturbed behavior management, record keeping, environmental management, and patient care.
  • Maintain the safety of patients/residents, including involvement in emergencies such as fire evacuations.
  • Interact with patients/residents to encourage appropriate behavior and to control aggressive behavior.
  • Interact with patients/residents to provide social skills training in areas such as: social interaction; leisure time activity; planning and decision making; and money management.
  • Take, record, and report vital signs, sleep patterns, and diet patterns.
  • Identify and report changes in patients/residents behavior and health.
  • Maintain patients/residents progress records.
  • Engage in physical activities (exercise and sports) with patients/residents for up to an hour at a time.
  • Intervene in crisis or potentially harmful situations by using specific early intervention techniques and/or physical restraining techniques.
  • Assist and/or support unsteady ambulatory adults of varying weights.
  • Lift and transfer patients/residents; lift and carry items weighing approximately 50 pounds.
  • Respond to emergency situations such as fire evacuation or the administration of first aid and/or CPR.
  • Monitor and assess safety and security of clients and facilities within their environment, and take action in crisis situations.
  • Maintain the environment by performing basic housekeeping duties.
  • Watch for and take action to prevent safety hazards.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of personal hygiene and first aid
  • Experience following written and oral instructions
  • Experience reading and writing English


There is an exam for this position to determine an applicant's eligibility. Click the "Preview Exam" button below to review the exam. You must receive a score of 80 to pass this exam. If at any time during the screening/testing process your responses or resume do not support the answers you provided, your name will be removed from the register.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, please select Health and Welfare under "Agencies," ALL job type/shift preferences you would be willing to accept under "Job Type/Shift" and Blackfoot, Orofino, and/or Nampa under "Cities."


Preview Exam

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.