Detoxification & Withdrawal Management Aide
Full-Time Detoxification & Withdrawal Management Aide at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $43,130.40 - $56,947.01 Annually
Education Level: High School
E-Verify: Yes

Basic Function

The current vacancies are in the Detoxification and Withdrawal Management department. The eligibility list created by this vacancy may be used to hire other vacancies in the department or County. 

To provide for the safety, comfort and well-being of clients admitted to the detoxification facility; to maintain a therapeutic environment by adhering to policies and procedures while attending to the individual needs of each client; to facilitate educational and interactive groups with clients; and perform related duties as assigned.
Covid 19
All job offers are conditioned on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or FDA-approved.  You will be required to show proof of vaccination on or before your first day of employment and complete a form certifying that you are vaccinated.  Religious and medical exemptions or reasonable accommodations will be considered upon request as required by applicable law.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description. 


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Participate in the admission of new clients to the facility by performing a safety search, inventorying and documenting personal property, assisting the nurse with gathering vital signs, assist clients to change clothes and attend to personal hygiene, and explain the policies and procedures of the facility to individuals and through facilitation of orientation groups.
  2. Assist clients who have difficulty walking due to intoxication or other physical limitations; provide assistance through use of approved crisis intervention techniques and protective procedure policies under the direction and supervision of a nurse or the program director. 
  3. Provide basic care to clients by serving meals and snacks, launder clothing, and assist with grooming needs.
  4. Provide information to clients about The Facility Abuse Prevention Plan and Vulnerable Adult issues, general referral information, and assist them in speaking with a nurse or counselor when appropriate.
  5. Maintain order in the unit by following the facility's policies and procedures.  Assist in keeping the facility clean to maintain physical health/safety of clients and staff.
  6. Observe client behavior to determine if the individual may require the attention of a nurse or counselor.
  7. Participate in client discharges from the facility by following Discharge Policy and Safety Procedures.
  8. Respond to emergency situations under the supervision and direction of a nurse.
  9. Engage with clients, through the use of de-escalation techniques, motivational interviewing strategies and other trauma informed care interventions to facilitate individual's ability to participate in therapeutic interactions while on the unit.
  10. Other duties as assigned to facilitate daily operations and maintenance of unit functioning to meet the basic needs of individuals served.  Ability to engage in pro-active problem solving and solution implementation as part of an integrated care team.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:  High School Diploma or GED.

Experience: None.

Substitution:  None.

Certifications/Licensure:  None.

Other:  Applicant must be 18 years of age.

Exam/Screening Process Information


The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training and Experience Rating = 100%

The examination for Detoxification Aide will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on your answers to the questions – do not mark “see resume” or “see work history” as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.

Eligible List:  The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the Rule of 10 eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Detoxification Aide. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for two months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list. The department may choose to interview any candidate on the eligible list.

Veteran's Preference:  This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.
Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

In addition, you may be subject to one or more of the following: 

  • Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Check
  • Fingerprint-based Records Check

E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs, and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, familial or marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance status, place of residence, political affiliation, or national origin. Ramsey County is deeply committed to advancing racial equity and promoting diversity and inclusion within all areas of our workforce.
To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
For further information regarding this posting, please contact

Ramsey County

Contact: Patrick Lemmon
Phone 651-266-2700
402 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Transit: On the Green Line, On bus line