Dental Hygienist
Job Type


  • Salaried, exempt
  • Signing Bonus: $5,000 (subject to payback clause)
  • New hires can expect to be placed on our starting wage scale of $92,000 to $110,400 per year
  • Based on performance, there is room to grow on our full wage scale of $92,000 to $128,800 per year 
  • This role may earn additional pay for working additional patient contact hours  

Work Schedule: Full time, M-F, occasional Saturdays (subject to 10% shift differential), 4/10's between 7:30a-6:30p

Who We Are

Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center (FQHC) that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Whatcom County area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health and dental care, as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 300 caring and compassionate employees, our mission is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve.

What We Value

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

We have an inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate our Values in Action in all that we do. We value each individual on our team and aim to onboard a diverse workforce of the very best talent, whose ambitions and values align with ours.

Job Summary

As a Dental Hygienist, you will provide optimum periodontal/hygiene services and oral health education to Unity Care NW patients. You would provide traditional hygiene services such as scaling and root-planning. You may also provide sealants, screenings & radiographs, restorative fills, etc. You would be responsible for the setup and cleanup of dental rooms and charting. .

What We Offer

  • A friendly and collaborative team environment 
  • A competitive compensation package 

Generous Benefits Including:

  • Eligible to apply for loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) which, if awarded, provides tax free funds to pay towards eligible student loans for a 2-year commitment (view the details at
  • Eligible to apply for loan repayment through the Washington Student Achievement Council which, if awarded, provides funds to pay towards eligible student loans for a 2 or 3-year commitment (view the details at
  • Employment that counts towards eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness – details can be viewed at Federal Student Aid.
  • Continuing Medical Education benefits ( Up to $1,000 and 40 hours CME leave per year) 
  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match
  • 6 paid holidays 
  • Generous paid time off of (160 hours first year, increasing thereafter) 
  • Other paid leaves for Bereavement, Jury Duty, Bone Marrow/Organ Donation & Severe Weather Pay
  • Life/AD&D insurance
  • Variety of optional insurances including Supplementary Life/AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Critical Illness, Accident, and Travel as well as Identity Theft Protection
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Alternative transportation incentives
  • Healthy Living reimbursement s
  • Unique programs including Medical Hardship Payroll Loans, Employee Referral Bonus, Will preparation services & a gym discount
  • An Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Two years' previous DH experience
  • A current Washington State Dental Hygienist License with no actions taken
  • A current BLS certification
  • Ability to place and finish restorative materials and sealants.
  • General knowledge of basic dental policies & procedures and oral health issues, especially regarding oral hygiene.
  • General office skills such as computers (Dentrix and Microsoft Office Outlook, Word & Excel), faxes, telephones, and copy machines.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work load.
  • Ability to maintain an effective and positive professional working relationship with staff and patients at all times.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in a community or public health setting
  • Experience working with adults in underserved populations

Candidates with applicable experience or similar qualifications are encouraged to apply!

About Bellingham

Live in a community consistently rated one of the most desirable in the USA! Bellingham, a popular university & retirement community of over 91,000 nestled on Bellingham Bay at the foot of the Cascade Mountains. Just a short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC, and the San Juan Islands, Whatcom County houses several charming small towns. Enjoy all the area has to offer:

  • Small Town or City Living (Unique Shops, Local Festivals, Farmers Markets, Berry Picking, & Community Events)
  • Cultural Activities (Theater, Music, Independent Films, Museums, Art Studios, & Diverse Local Restaurants)
  • Recreational & Outdoor Activities (Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, & Camping)
  • Excellent Schools (University, Community College, Technical School, & Outstanding K-12 Educational Systems)

If you would like to commit to a team such as this, and feel you could help us in our efforts, please apply. We would love to hear from you! To apply, visit our Careers Page: . For news on our organization & future job postings, please follow us on LinkedIn at!


Unity Care NW has an Employee Health Program for the safety of our patients and staff. The program requires all employees to receive annual flu immunizations. UCNW also requires vaccination against COVID-19 as a vital public health measure that has truly been life-saving. We are proud of the leadership role we have played in protecting our community from this devastating virus. Following CDC and state guidelines, we have granted a very limited number of exemptions for employees who qualify.