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Developmental Disabilities Technician, SWITC

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: March 25, 2013 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 07798041594
Salary Range: $11.70 - $13.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Hayden

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (SWITC) is recruiting for Developmental Disabilities Technician (DDT) positions. These positions help provide care to individuals with intellectual disabilities who reside at the SWITC facility in Hayden. The individuals filling these positions must be willing to work any of the three shifts utilized at SWITC.

This announcement will be used to fill current and future vacancies as they occur. This may include full-time, part-time and/or temporary positions. Some part-time positions may work as few as 8 hours a week, up to 40 hours a week depending on the needs of the facility.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment at SWITC will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. All applicants will be required to pass a criminal background investigation after a conditional offer of employment.


  • Provide personal care for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Maintain the safety of patients/residents, including involvement in emergencies such as fire evacuations.
  • Interact with people with intellectual disabilities to model and encourage appropriate behavior and to address aggressive behavior.
  • Conduct well-defined therapeutic training sessions with people with intellectual disabilities on a one-to-one and group basis.
  • Feed people with intellectual disabilities, brush their teeth and hair, bath, dress, change diapers for adults (male and female), toilet, etc.
  • Clean toilets, bath facilities, kitchen facilities, change soiled bedding, sweep and mop floors and similar duties.
  • Work with, train, and care for people with intellectual disabilities who may also have mental illness and who may behave violently and aggressively toward you, other staff and/or other people who reside at this facility.
  • Participate in on and off-campus training for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Update and maintain computerized records.
  • Provide group and/or individual services in psychosocial treatment, disturbed behavior management, record keeping, environmental management, personal conduct and personal care.
  • Interact with people with intellectual disabilities to provide training in areas such as:  social interaction; leisure time activity; planning and decision making; and money management.
  • Take, record and report sleep patterns, diet information, behaviors and training.
  • Identify and report changes in individual's behavior and health both verbally in in legible writing.
  • Maintain written progress records.
  • Stand and walk continuously throughout an eight-hour shift.
  • Engage in physical activities (exercise and sports) with people with disabilities 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.
  • Frequently perform tasks that require you to bend, push and pull wheeled and other items, twist and squat, use both left and right arms, use right and left hands and wrists, and reach above your shoulder. In addition, you must be able to lift up to 50 pounds while performing the above mentioned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of: instructional techniques used to train clients with intellectual disabilities in areas of independent function and self-care, social and pre-vocational skills; behavior management; proper body mechanics; first aid.
  • Experience: implementing therapeutic training plans; controlling clients' aggressive behavior; observing and recording changes in clients' behavior and health; charting training progress.


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 66 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," Hayden under "Cities," and all conditions of employment (shift emplyment, full-time, part-time, and/or temporary) that you are willing to work under "Job Type/Shift."


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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.