County of El Dorado PHYSICAL THERAPIST in United States


The County of El Dorado is conducting this recruitment to fill one (1) full-time Physical Therapy vacancy in the Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division located in Placerville and El Dorado Hills, CA. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

DEFINITION Under general supervision, plans, performs and directs physical therapy for han­dicapped persons, primarily children, and participates as a team member with physi­cians, parents and others in furthering the child's neuro-muscular development.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is a skilled professional class responsible for evaluating the special needs of handicapped children and developing physical therapy programs to assist in their development. This class is distinguished from Occupational Therapist in that the latter provides occupational therapy services to help handicapped children perform their own daily living requirements, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, playing and a broad range of every day activities.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes and implements physical therapy as prescribed by physicians for physical handicapped children.
  • Evaluates motor and development skills and explains results of evaluation to physicians, parents and teachers; determines goals for ongoing treatment.
  • Instructs parents in activities and exercises which encourage development of skills or remediates or prevents problems.
  • Organizes and participates in children's clinics.
  • Provides gait training to children, including helping them with the use of assisting devices such as walkers and crutches; provides wheelchair skills training.
  • Assists patients with therapeutic exercises to improve strength, range of motion and balance.
  • Determines the need for and fit of adaptive equipment such as standers, walkers, wheelchairs and other mobility and positioning devices.
  • Observes and makes verbal and written documentation of patient progress.
  • Coordinates treatment plan with occupational therapists, school staff, community resources, patient and family to facilitate a comprehensive approach to therapeutic services.
  • Confers with public health staff, school nurses and teachers regarding physical therapy treatments.
  • Maintains accurate records and case notes; prepares treatment plans, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs related work as assigned. Education & Experience Requirements (typing "See Resume" in application will not be accepted)

Sufficient education and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined above.


  • Principles, practices and methods of physical therapy.
  • Objectives of physical therapy treatment.
  • Diagnostic and prognostic tests used in evaluations.
  • Neuro-muscular function and dysfunction, including skeletal and muscular anatomy.
  • Kinesiology and modalities of treatment.
  • Psychological problems of the handicapped and their families.
  • Construction, use and care of orthopedic appliances and equipment. Skill in:

  • Performing evaluative tests of physical abilities.

  • Instructing and assisting with therapeutic exercises.
  • Explaining and interpreting tests, diagnoses, objectives and methods to patients, parents and school personnel.
  • Working as a team member in the therapy effort to ensure carry over in the treatment and training of patients.
  • Integrating physical therapy activities with other medical and developmental programs.
  • Preparing accurate and complete case notes, correspondence, reports and other written materials.
  • Using initiative and sound judgment within established guidelines.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. Other Requirements: Must possess a valid driver's license. Must possess or be able to obtain registration as a physical therapist issued by the State of California.

Other Requirements

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is primarily performed indoors in a standard office setting.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment; vision in the normal visual range with or without correction sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment; hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Frequent sitting; wrist and arm motions and upward/downward flexion of neck; fine finger dexterity of both hands, ability to grasp and hold. Occasional standing and bending, walking and reaching; lifting, carrying or pushing objects that weigh up to 16 lbs. Infrequent climbing; lifting, carrying or pushing objects that weigh more than 16 lbs.

Salary: $79,372.80 - $96,470.40 Annually $38.16 - $46.38 Hourly $6,614.40 - $8,039.20 Monthly $79,372.80 - $96,470.40 Annually

Job Number: 1601-8405

Location: Placerville, CA Placerville, CA

Closing: Continuous

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Health and Human Services Agency

Agency: The County of El Dorado

Address: 330 Fair Lane Placerville, California, 95667.

Phone: 530-621-5565