Careers at DSH

The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is the largest forensic mental health hospital system in the world. We operate 5 facilities throughout the beautiful State of California, as well as a headquarters in Sacramento, and employ approximately 11,000 people. With 300+ classifications and so many diverse opportunities, we're sure to have a place for you!

New Employees


A rehab therapist teaches yoga to her coworkers. A student assistant says "yes" to nearly every task he’s asked to perform. A recruiter travels the state in search of top-notch psychiatrists. These are just some of the staff starring in our new “Why I Work at DSH” video series - a reminder that DSH is run by a diverse family of talented and passionate people, all working toward the same big goals. Check out this DSH video series on YouTube to learn more about our team.

How to Apply
Applying for a job with DSH involves two simple steps. First, you'll take an exam designed to determine your skill and experience in the relevant job field. Second, once you have passed the exam and been deemed eligble, you can submit a standard State of California job application for the job you wish to apply for. Click through to learn more about the process, including tutorials and more!

We employ approximately 11,000 people in over 300 different classifications. From Psychiatrists and Registered Nurses, to Electricians and Food Service workers and everything in between, there are countless opportunities to find a job that fits your skill set and experience. Click to learn more about the wide range of jobs available at DSH today!
Career Opportunities

In addition to our headquarters in Sacramento, DSH operates five hospital facilities across the State of California. Whether you're looking for a fast-paced, big city environment or something a bit more laid back with stunning beaches or picturesque wine country, you're sure to find a location that fits you!

Contact Us!

The California Department of State Hospitals Recruitment Team exists to help you start your career at DSH! Give us a call, send an email, or interact with us on social media to learn more and have all your questions answered.


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Human Resources Branch
1600 Ninth Street, Rm. 440
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-2351

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