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Dental Assistant

NZ Defence Force
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do
As the Dental Assistant, you will provide customer-focused administrative services to our personnel and dental staff.  You will be responsible for:

  • Providing chair-side assistance and patient care, as required;
  • Maintaining the dental centre's appointment schedules;
  • Maintaining equipment and supplies procurement;
  • Assisting the Practice Manager in the management of equipment and material;
  • Being a face for the dental clinic and provide outstanding customer service;
  • Preparing, cleaning and maintaining the dental surgery.

What we need
To succeed in this position, you will demonstrate:

  • Excellent organisation and administrative skills;
  • A working knowledge of a Dental patient computer system;
  • Experience as a chair-side assistant including clinical techniques and dentist support;
  • Experience in Infection Control and particularly Cross Infection Control, and maintaining knowledge of Infection Control Regulations and Standards;
  • Flexibility to work and move within the Wellington region (Trentham and Wellington CBD).

Ideally you will also have your:

  • NZDA Dental Assistants Course;
  • Level 2 NZ resuscitation Council qualification;
  • Current Sterilisation Certificate.

Who we are

Defence Dental Services provide clinical services which are an essential part of holistic health services in the NZDF. In particular, proactive preventive-based oral health services with an emphasis on restoring tooth form and function, managing conditions that affect the supporting tissues of the teeth and preventing future oral health problems. The provision of services of this nature ensures that personnel present a low oral health risk in both operational and non-operational settings.
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.
Why Us
This is a great opportunity to work within a unique environment and be a part of contributing to the health of NZDF's military personnel.
By joining our team you are making a great career decision.  A recent staff satisfaction survey highlighted why:

  • Be part of an effective team with freedom and flexibility to do my job;
  • Able to maintain a balance between my personal and working life;
  • Inspired to go the extra mile to help NZDF succeed.

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to apply online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page.  For further information, contact Nikki Clarke on 04 527 5098
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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