Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Mental Health Aide/C.N.A. (Full Time or Part Time) ($3,000 Hiring Incentive)

Yankton, SD

Job ID: 17382

Agency: Department of Social Services/ South Dakota Human Services Center

Location: Yankton

Salary: $14.90 per hour plus $2.00 per hour shift Pay for pm and night shifts and $1.00 per hour alternate rate of Pay for Geriatrics plus $1.50 per hour weekend Pay

Pay Grade: GE

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

These are full-time and part-time positions with the Department of Social Services. For more information on the Department of Social Services, please visit http://dss.sd.gov .

These positions perform personal care services by completing patient care assignments, providing an atmosphere conducive to treatment and supporting patients with mental health and chemical dependency issues in an effort to meet the patients' needs.

The Human Services Center provides a comprehensive employee orientation including completion of the Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) certification.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:
  • mental illness, serious emotional disturbance and chemical dependency
  • patient safety procedures;
  • patient rights and confidentiality;
  • CPR and first aid;
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Techniques.

Ability to:
  • accurately observe, recognize, report, and record physical symptoms and significant behavioral characteristics of patients;
  • carry out individual program plans for treatment of patients;
  • relate to and work constructively with patients;
  • detect significant or unusual patient behavior;
  • verbalize the needs of patients;
  • provide personal care services to patients;
  • follow oral and written instructions;
  • follow oral and written instructions;
  • follow established policies and procedures;
  • listen and be empathetic with patients;
  • assist in lifting and transferring of patients;
  • lift 75 pounds;
  • work with patients displaying aggressive behavior;
  • communicate information clearly and concisely.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Successful applicant(s) will undergo an abuse and neglect screening. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FLH

Y ou must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us


"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Mental Health Aide/C.N.A. (Full Time or Part Time) ($3,000 Hiring Incentive)