Occupational Therapy Assistant

Yankton - South Dakota (SD),

South Dakota State Government

$16.55 - $17.38 an hour

Job Description:

This is a full-time position with the South Dakota Human Services Center. For more information on the Department of Social Services, please visit

This position, under the direction of a registered occupational therapist, provides community preparedness outings, groups and one-on-one activities to further patients' independence and prepare them for discharge to a less restrictive environment.

The primary working hours for this position are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. but may vary according to needs of facility.

Licenses and Certifications:

Occupational Therapy Assistants must be licensed by the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners as specified in SDCL 36-31. Certified by National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:

  • the methods, techniques, and purposes of occupational therapy;
  • therapeutic interventions and behavior modification;
  • possible injury or hazards associated with specific treatments and the necessary precautionary and remedial measures to avoid injury;
  • anatomy and physiology sufficient to position and treat patients effectively.
Ability to:
  • establish trust and rapport with patients and staff in a rehabilitation setting;
  • accurately observe and record patient behavior and patient progress in an occupational or physical therapy program;
  • conduct research;
  • prepare and revise training sessions;
  • follow instructions;
  • recognize contradictions of treatment;
  • initiate new and effective treatment.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. 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 offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

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