This position is designed to be part of the  Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team which is a multidisciplinary team providing intensive, community based outpatient services for participants with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and co-occurring disorders.

As a Mental Health Peer, you will use your own lived experience to help others. You’ll be able to share the skills, tools, and information you’ve learned to transform your own life with adult clients going through similar struggles.

Peer Support Specialists instill hope while improving engagement, self-confidence, and quality of life. The majority of your time will be spent meeting with clients in community settings including residential facilities, adult foster homes, and private residences. You will regularly use agency vehicles to transport clients to important appointments or for skill building and socialization related activities.

To apply, please go to Polk County’s career page: ACT Mental Health Peer | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)

Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. As defined by Oregon Administrative Rule 309-032-1501, a “Peer Support Specialist” provides peer delivered services to an individual or family member with similar life experience, under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Supervisor. A Peer Support Specialist must have at least one year of experience: as a self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or a self-identified person in recovery.

*Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of hire date.
*Must be registered with the State of Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion and hold a Traditional Health Worker certificate as a Peer Support Specialist with at time of hire.

General Statement

Polk County, the Organization:
Polk County takes pride in knowing that our employees are what makes the County a great place to work.  We have a strong desire for each employee to feel respected; connected to the department they work for as well as other County departments and the community at large; and know that they are critical to County business.  We understand that work may be necessary, but not what should define each individual.  We all have diverse personalities and interests away from the job, and at Polk County we encourage our employees to be connected to something bigger than work.


  • Polk County offers generous employee benefits including, but not limited to:
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 8 hours of vacation earned monthly (increasing with years of service)
  • 8 hours of sick leave earned monthly
  • 4-5 Personal Leave Days earned each fiscal year (Depends on position; prorated depending on date of hire
  • PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) – 100% employer funded contributions
  • Full health benefits with employee paying only 10% of the premium which covers all members of the employee’s immediate family
  • Life Insurance – employer paid
  • Qualifying employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program
  • HRSA/NHSC approved site for certain positions
Our Community:
Polk County is located in the Willamette Valley just an hour from the Pacific Coast to the west and an hour from Portland to the north. The population is approximately 87,000 and the county spans about 744 square miles, with two thirds of the western part of the county being forest. National protected areas include the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Siuslaw National Forest.

The County is part of the agricultural richness the Willamette Valley has to offer. In recent decades, the valley has also become a major wine producer, with Polk County being one of the best in the area. The valley is often known as the “Oregon Wine Country”. Polk County has over 25 wineries alone.

Polk County also houses the beautiful liberal arts college, Western Oregon University, and is only 30 miles from Oregon State University. Western was an inaugural winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. This award recognizes universities and colleges that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment and action towards fostering a campus community that celebrates all the many facets of diversity. WOU is one of the most diverse universities in Oregon and has a higher percentage of Latino students in the Oregon University system.


Please refer to the Class Specification for the full job description and minimum experience, education and training requirements for this position.

Supplemental Information

** A cover letter is required. If you are a military veteran and want to apply for Veterans’ Hiring Preference, you must attach the Veterans’ Preference Form (available on our website) and your DD-214/215 and/or disability letter. **

** DO NOT ATTACH ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS (transcripts, letters of recommendation, certificates, etc.) They will not be considered at the application stage. You may bring them to the interview if you are selected to interview. **

Polk County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities will be provided upon request.

To apply, please go to Polk County’s career page: ACT Mental Health Peer | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)