Dental Hygienist
 Pearl City, HI

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • B.A/B.S. or M.A/M.S. degree in dental hygiene, forensics, related field, or certified as an extended duty dental assistant.
  • A minimum of 10 years of clinical dental experience is required.
  • Some experience in forensics, but not required.
  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Able to work well independently, as well as in a team environment.

Key Tasks:

  • Assists odontologists with matters related to dental remains and associated casework at DPAA Lab-Hawaii (inventory, cleaning, radiograph, photograph, charting, etc.)
  • Operates digital dental X-ray equipment to take dental radiographs
  • Catalogs antemortem radiographs
  • Conducts preliminary assessments of dental remains
  • Process teeth and prepare paperwork for DNA submission
  • Assists the Evidence Manager with cleaning, accessioning, and storage-related tasks of dental remains
  • Tracks case progress, creates databases, writes short reports and scientific memoranda for dental remains as assigned
  • Completes recurring duties independently, but refers deviations, problems, or unfamiliar situations to the supervisor for assistance
  • Occasionally travels nationally and perhaps internationally (travel anticipated to be approximately 5-10%)
  • Assist DPAA-Hawaii Odontologists with current day processing of remains
  • Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential
  • Follows all client policies and procedures
  • Completes other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Possess a working knowledge of dental and medical terminology and anatomy.
  • Possess strong knowledge of clinical, restorative, and prosthetic dentistry.
  • Familiar with tooth numbering systems
  • Possess strong written and communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Word, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • A demonstrated history of initiative and achievement
  • A demonstrated history of working independently with client and staff
  • Experience working independently with minimal direction or supervision
  • Experience supporting and anticipating client needs and demonstrating problem-solving skills
  • Experience performing tasks under tight deadlines and managing shifting priorities

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to access information using a computer for up to 4 hours at a time
  • Sitting at a desk for long periods of time
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time while retracting soft tissue/taking radiographs on current day cases
  • Individual must be capable of working under high stress and pressure of short deadlines

Additionally, as the workspace is an active forensic laboratory, you will be subject to the sites (and occasional smells) of skeletonized human remains as well as hearing conversations regarding deceased individuals.

Interested Foreign Nationals:

Foreign Nationals may be considered for this position. All foreign nationals must be able to demonstrate that they have lived in the United States for 3 of the past 5 years and have a US Social Security Number. These requirements must be met in order to move forward with the application process.

Please submit a cover letter along with your CV. CVs without a cover letter will not be considered.

SNA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.