Mental Health Counselor

Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Provide professional mental health services. Services include, but are not limited to, outpatient individual, group and family therapy, crisis services and case management. Works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees. This position is “school-based,” working primarily in the Newport School District providing counseling services to students of all grade levels. This is an exempt, with designation as a DCR, and subject to a collective bargaining agreement.

Salary: $3,982.81 – $4,404.22 DOE

Mental Health Professional Job Description


  1. Master’s degree from an accredited institution in mental health counseling, social work or other closely related field.
  2. Possess a valid State of Washington issued credential to practice as a counselor, without restriction, probation, or limiting condition or threat thereof, or proof of application must be provided within 30 days of beginning employment.
  3. Possess a valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI), or proof of application must be provided within sixty (60) days of beginning employment.
  4. Possess education, training or experience, which clearly demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  5. Must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgment in all areas of job performance including adherence to appropriate professional boundaries and strict confidentiality practices in regard to client activities and documentation.
  6. Able to apply clinical judgment, ethics and accountability to formulate and implement treatment plans and other clinical documentation.
  7. Must demonstrate the ability to handle stressful and crisis situations tactfully and appropriately.
  8. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  9. Must successfully pass a background check, a driving record check and a pre-employment physical.
  10. Is not a State or Federal (OIG) and System for Award Management (SAM) excluded provider, in any capacity for the Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health Care programs.


  1. Abide by ethical standards developed by the appropriate professional associations, this County and Agency, for counselor, social workers or psychologists. Although not inclusive these standards require you to respect clients, maintain client boundaries and confidentiality.
  2. Maintain professional credentials required for the service being provided. Including CEU credits as needed to maintain credentials.
  3. Complete all training required by the WAC and RCW’s within the required time frames.
  4. Be familiar with and follow the laws of the State of Washington and the Federal government as they pertain to mental health practice.
  5. Be familiar with and follow Agency and County Personnel Policies and Procedures.
  6. Be familiar with Interagency Agreements that pertain to clinical practice.
  7. Attend trainings approved by Director of Supervisors. Provide training to staff as requested.
  8. Maintain records in accordance with requirements of law, contractual requirements and Agency policy.
  9. Provide individual, family and group counseling.   Practice standards for managed care as it applies to clinical practice.  Provide consumer driven service in a culturally sensitive manner.
  10. Have fundamental understanding of DSM 5, or its successor, psychiatric disorders, psychotropic medications, brain physiology and demonstrate a working knowledge of the various theoretical models of psychotherapy, behavioral counseling and other Evidenced Based Practices.
  11. Provide mental health assessments, develop and implement treatment plans, provide case management referral and coordination with other mental health professionals and allied treatment providers, to include psychiatrists, IEP coordinators, and other community-based agencies.
  12. Participate as a team member of this Agency by attending staff meetings and actively participating in agency meetings. Develop a positive working environment by treating agency staff members with respect and courtesy. Exercise sound judgment with problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Encourage others to achieve high levels of quality and successful working relationships. Promote team effectiveness, promoting trust, commitment, and Agency pride.
  13. Attend regular supervision with supervisors. Respond to requests from supervisors in a timely manner. Use time effectively.   Keep appointments and be at work and at meetings on time.
  14. Encourage and participate in community networking. Support treatment team meetings developed by other agencies. Attend community meetings as requested and approved by supervisors.
  15. Provide timely crisis response as required by agency policies. Complete DCR training and Provide DCR services (see DCR job description).
  16. Perform other duties and assignments as requested by thesupervisors



Work in a variety of settings supporting individuals, families and groups within the community, to include office, client’s residence, schools, hospitals, jails and other public venues; continuous contact with staff and the public. Standard risks associated with community mental health services to persons with chronic and serious mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems, developmental and physical disabilities, to include possible exposure to violent behaviors and/or contagious diseases, such as hepatitis.  Expect periods of sitting, standing and walking.  Routine travel required throughout the county and region, in all seasons. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines, as well regular manual signing of name to required documents. This position also requires handling of client charts, up to 30 pounds and variable after-hours crisis services


Please see the job description for a complete list of requirements, qualifications, and working conditions.


Pend Oreille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Transfer Station Technician

Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Transfer Station Technician Four-Fifths Job Description

Salary: $19.66 per hour

Basic Functions:

This position requires a substantial level of coordination with Solid Waste employees, the public, commercial haulers and other County Employees. Coordinates with employees to operate recycling, household hazardous waste activities, and refuse collection at County Solid Waste Transfer Stations. The position supports the “adopt a county road” program, picks up litter on county lands and public right of ways. This position is responsible for emergency response and support.  This on-call and subject to a collective bargaining agreement.


  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Must possess a valid Class “A” CDL driver’s license and CPR and First Aid cards.
  3. Excellent customer service and communication skills, both oral and written.
  4. Must have the refrigerant recovery certification or must obtain the certificate within 6 months of hire
  5. Must have a 24 hour HAZWOPER certification and/or the yearly 8 hour refresher class certificate or must obtain the certificate within 6 months of hire date.
  6. Must be able to work in the elements, be in good physical condition with the ability to lift heavy objects and preform manual labor.
  7. Mechanical aptitude for work on equipment, perform maintenance at County Transfer Stations and the ability to use various power and mechanical tools.
  8. Familiarity with MSDS sheets and their contents a plus.
  9. Accurate record keeping and basic bookkeeping skills and demonstrated computer experience.
  10. Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. Ability to organize and plan daily work.
  11. Must be able to operate a horizontal cardboard baler or ability to learn to operate it in 6 months of hire date.
  12. Ability to operate various types of machinery with attachments (i.e. plow, grapple, and forklift) required.
  13. Must successfully pass a background check, driving record check and a pre-employment physical.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Perform routine maintenance duties such as sweeping debris and shoveling snow from scales and surrounding area, applying salt or oil absorbent material to scale area, picking up litter around the sites.
  2. Knowledge of department rules, regulations, safety and procedures.
  3. Safely operate a variety of other equipment including but not limited to: front-end loaders, forklifts, roll-off truck with 40 yard container, backhoe, skid steer, and cardboard baler. Perform vehicle inspection, operational checks and maintenance activities.
  4. Perform the day to day operations of the Transfer Station including coordinating the flow of waste materials into, though and out of the facility in a timely and efficient manner and other duties as assigned by the Solid Waste Coordinator or Management.
  5. Provide recycling and household hazardous waste disposal information, solutions and assistance to the public and small businesses at the County Transfer Stations.
  6. Pick up, process and bulk pack household hazardous waste from the three County Transfer Stations for shipment to proper disposal sites.
  7. Haul refuse and recyclables from transfer stations sites to be collected at central locations with a roll off truck: requires CDL.
  8. Properly extract refrigerant from refrigerant based appliances accepted at the three County Transfer Stations.
  9. Perform household hazardous waste bulk storage, packing and transport.
  10. Perform county recycling and household hazardous waste programs operations.


Please see the above Transfer Station Technician Job Description for the full qualifications and job functions


911 Dispatchers for Sheriff’s Office (Civil Service)


Dispatchers are responsible for the transmission of radio and telephone messages and requests for law enforcement, emergency medical and fire services. They shall dispatch public safety units and monitor their activity, providing support as required. Dispatchers handle highly stressful emergency requests; calms, negotiates and controls callers to gather essential information to communicate to responders. They coordinate inter-office telephone traffic and other correspondence. Dispatchers act as a direct representative of the Sheriff when dispatching Sheriff’s Office law enforcement personnel.

No Experience necessary for Entry.   Laterals, please see the exam announcement.

Exam Announcement, Job Description, and Civil Service Application are below. You cannot submit the application on-line.

NUMBER OF OPEN POSITIONS: (up to) Four (4), Full-time. The Communication Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Union. Starting Entry rate: $17.48/hr ($3031.09/month). Starting Lateral rate: $18.18/hr – $18.91/hr ($3152.33/month-$3278.43/month), DOE. Benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, life insurance, retirement plan and medical benefits.

EXAMINATION SCHEDULE: Typing Test: 40 WPM with a 90% accuracy (a pass or fail 3 minute test). Your keyboarding appointment will be set at the time you file your application (subject to the Chief Examiner’s schedule). Typing & written tests must be taken within 2 weeks of filing your application. You must pass the typing test to take the Written Exam which will be scheduled upon passing the typing test (can be same day). Allow 2 hours for written test. Test location:  County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Office 625 W. 4th St. Newport, WA 99156.

TO APPLY: Civil Service Application Required. You cannot apply on-line. Print application from below or obtain an application from the Pend Oreille County Civil Service Office, 625 W. 4th St., Newport, WA. 99156, Monday through Friday 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.; 509 447-6480. A non-refundable $15.00 testing fee payable to Pend Oreille County Treasurer must accompany the original application packet.  Testing fee may be waived due to financial hardship. Pend Oreille County is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Drop off, fax, or mail application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  by 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Pend Oreille County Civil Service Office, 625 W. 4th St., Newport, WA. 99156. If mailing: use PO Box 5060, Newport, WA 99156 or fax 509-447-0595.

Exam Announcement


POC Civil Service 911 APPLICATION


Corrections Officers-Male & Female-Entry (No exp.) & Lateral-Civil Service

No experience required for entry.

The Corrections Officer is a “Correctional employee” as defined under RCW 9.94.050, and as such has the powers and duties of a peace officer while acting in the supervision and transportation of prisoners, is responsible for booking, searching and releasing prisoners; conducting security checks and maintaining security in all areas of the correction facility; writing required reports/documentation of activity; supervise meal service, visitation, recreation and work activities of inmate workers; answer telephones; take informal action to correct inmate behavior as appropriate; monitor jail access.

This exam is for the purpose of establishing a certified list of candidates for current vacancies and future employment as a Corrections Officer in the Sheriff’s Office. The eligibility of successful candidates shall remain in effect one year. See exam announcement below. Laterals, please see exam announcement for additional qualifications and testing options.

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: Minimum of Two – (one must be female).

SALARY & BENEFITS: Union, vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, longevity, retirement plan, and medical benefits. Starting salary: Entry Level at Step 1, $3112.02/month; Laterals: Step 2, $3220.02/month to Step 3, $3333.53/month, DOE.

1. Must be a U.S. citizen at time of appointment.
2. Must speak, read, write legibly and spell correctly in the English language.
3. Must possess a High School diploma or equivalent.
4. Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment (within the one year the eligibility list is in effect).
5. Vision must be at least 20/100 corrected to 20/20 with no color blindness.
6. Must possess and maintain a valid vehicle operator’s license. Applicants will be checked through the motor vehicle division.
7. Prior to employment, certified applicants will complete additional testing by the Sheriff’s Office including, but not limited to, a thorough criminal history check, a polygraph, physical (medical) check, and psychological tests.

Lateral applicants: See Exam Announcement below.

TO APPLY: Civil Service Application Required. See Below to print an application (you cannot apply on-line), pick up or request a copy by mail, from the Pend Oreille County Civil Service Office, 625 W. 4th St., Newport, WA 99156, Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM. (509) 447-6480

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   OPEN (until filled) – Monday thru Friday by 4:00pm., in person at 625 W. 4th St. Newport, WA., or via mail (PO BOX 5060, Newport, WA 99156)

PEND OREILLE COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Testing fee may be waived in cases of financial hardships.

Corrections Exam Announcement

Position Description – MALE

Position Description – FEMALE

PAT Corrections-application copy-informatinal only

POC Civil Service Application

General Application