Alcohol and Other Drug Services Assistant I & II – English & Bilingual (English/Spanish) – Extra-Help

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  • Experience Less Than 1 Year
  • Industry Substance use disorder treatment

Job Description

Join the Department of Health Services as an Alcohol and Other Drug Services Assistant – Extra-Help!

Starting Salary up to $24.33/hourly*

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple intermittent English & Bilingual (English/Spanish), extra-help Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) Assistant positions for the Drug Testing Program in Santa Rosa.

Depending upon experience, we are hiring AODS Assistants at the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at either level, you must apply to the separate concurrent recruitment being conducted for that level.

Under supervision, an AODS Assistant provides paraprofessional services and clerical support for the Behavioral Health Division’s Drug Testing Unit. Responsibilities include checking in and verifying client identity, operating the equipment used to perform the various AOD tests, monitoring clients while they perform drug test screening and drug tests, maintaining chain of custody of the urinalysis (UA) specimen, packaging client urinalysis samples for daily pickup by testing laboratory couriers, transporting clients as needed, providing office support activities, processing and reconciling client payments, and consistently performing all activities with confidentiality according to current testing program, policies, and procedures and other rules and regulations. Employees in the entry-level position are expected to become proficient in various duties on all shifts and complete related training in order to qualify for the next level of AODS Assistant II after the initial training and development period of one year.

The ideal candidates will possess:

  • Current licensure, registration, or certification as an AODS counselor in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 11833(b)(1)
  • Experience working with AODS clients in an AODS program
  • Familiarity with the concepts related to chain of custody
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • The ability to develop rapport and maintain cooperative relationships with clients, service providers, and partner agencies
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed, including some evening and weekend shifts
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure accurate data entry, recordkeeping, and documentation
  • Strict adherence to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 42, confidentiality

Please note: California Health and Safety Code Section 11833(b)(1) now requires AODS Assistants to be licensed, registered, or certified. Please see the “Minimum Qualifications” section of this job announcement for more information about this requirement.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. This recruitment is open continuously and may close at any time without notice. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply Now

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