Click Here for an all inclusive search of available positions within Department of Mental Health, including Sacramento Headquarters, State Hospitals, and field offices. Available position information is updated daily.
The Department is looking for creative and talented individuals who enjoy working with and helping people and who are interested in joining a team dedicated to providing quality mental and medical health services to its patients and clients. If this sounds like you, send us your application and resume. For directions on completing an application, see "Job Applications".
Lists of Available DMH Vacancies
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is committed in its efforts to mitigate layoffs and is providing the following VPOS links to DMH SROA/Surplus employees to offer first priority in applying for vacancies at the hospitals. Please click on the name of the appropriate facility to review the most current vacancies at that facility:
Applications are now being accepted for the following examinations:
- Open Exams Examinations open to all candidates who meet the minimum qualifications.
- Promotional Exams Competition is limited to current state employees.
- Career Executive Assignment (CEA) Exams Competition is limited to current State employees. These are high management-level positions.
- Continuous Filing Exams Examinations are administered on a continuous basis as needed by the testing office. Applications are accepted continuously.
Please Note: Except for continuous exams (for which you may file applications at any time), applications are only accepted after exams are announced; therefore, it is important to read the bulletins before applying to obtain specific filing instructions.
Examination Bulletins are available at Department of Mental Health Headquarters and State Hospitals Personnel Offices, the State Personnel Board, Employment Development Department and Department of Rehabilitation.
The Department of Mental Health, headquartered in Sacramento, employs approximately 8000 full and part-time employees and operates four state hospitals, (Atascadero, Metropolitan, Napa and Patton) and an Acute Psychiatric Program at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville.
Headquarters, Hospitals and Field Office Locations
The Department of Mental Health uses a variety of clinical, professional, technical, trades and other classifications.
These classifications include doctors, nurses, psychiatric technicians, physical and rehabilitation therapists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists; and a variety of food service, janitorial, law enforcement, mechanical/electrical, carpentry, and other trades classifications. Most of these positions exist at our hospitals and the psychiatric program at Vacaville.
We also employ other classifications in areas such as information technology, human resources, accounting, clerical and a variety of analytical classifications. While some of these positions exist at each hospital, a majority of these positions are in our Sacramento headquarters location.
Most positions are covered by the California State civil service hiring process and are generally filled through competitive examinations.
Information on How to Get a Job with the Department of Mental Health.
Information on the California State Civil Service Hiring Process.
California Examination and Licensing Requirements
Links to Professional Associations
Parks and Recreation Society
7971 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95832-9701
916-665-2777 Fax: 916-665-9149
Therapeutic Recreation Society
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Asburn, VA 20148-4501
703-858-0784 Fax: 703-858-0794
Therapeutic Recreation Association
1414 Prince Street, Suite 204
Alexandria, VA 22314
- California Parks and Recreation Society
- Social Work