Recreational Therapist I

State Of Massachusetts Westfield , MA 01086

Posted 2 months ago

Western Massachusetts Hospital, located in Westfield, MA is currently hiring for the position of Recreational Therapist I. Western Massachusetts Hospital is a 100-bed long term medical and specialty care hospital owned and operated by the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Please Note: This position is 40 hours per week, 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM shift and will be expected to work weekends, holidays and flexible hours to meet program needs.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Plan, implement and facilitate various individual and group recreational activities; assist with community trips, special events such as the Patient/Family Picnic and holiday parties.

  • Provides clinical training and direction to the recreation assistants. Meets with hospital staff to discuss program activities, resolve problems ensuring departmental continuity.

  • Remains knowledgeable of various technologies used to facilitate recreational activities (e.g. internet connected devices, audio visual equipment, smart TVs, etc.).\Serves as a representative of the Recreation Department at various meetings, including interdisciplinary team meetings.

  • Responsible for the completion of recreation documentation (Initial Assessment, Quarterlies, Progress Notes etc.). Develop, implement and modify as needed, appropriate long and short-term treatment programs, plans of care and develops individual patient therapeutic goals and objectives.

  • Orders and maintains recreational supplies and equipment to assure their availability and safety for patient use.

  • Provides leisure education designed to help patients acquire the knowledge and skills needed for independence and social involvement.

  • Attends professional meetings, seminars and conferences to maintain a comprehensive and current knowledge of recreation therapy.

  • Performs other related duties as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Recreation Therapy principles and techniques.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records.

  • Ability to write concisely and to develop ideas in a logical sequence.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.

  • Ability to motivate others.

  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain harmonious working relationships with persons of varied ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.

  • Ability to adjust a to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.

  • Ability to plan, assign and coordinate the activities of others.

  • Ability to lead a group of workers.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgement.

  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.

  • Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, technical or professional experience in planning, organizing, instructing or conducting therapeutic recreation services in a recognized public or private agency, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitution.

Substitution: A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in recreation, recreation education or therapeutic recreation may be substituted for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CTRS Certification (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist)

  • One year experience in a health care facility desirable.

  • Ability to work with special populations.

  • Ability to solve problems and relate to hospital staff, constituents and other community members in a positive and professional manner.

  • Talent for recognizing the cultural diversity of the campus community and ensure sensitive and equitable treatment of all who work and visit the campus

License and/or Certification


Special Requirements:
Based upon assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Driver's license.


Will be expected to work weekends, holidays and flexible hours to meet program needs. CPR certified. Ability to drive a state vehicle/bus in a safe manner.

About Western Massachusetts Hospital:

Western Massachusetts Hospital is the only public hospital operating in the western region of Massachusetts with a mission to serve as a medical safety net for many uninsured and under-insured citizens residing in the region. Western Massachusetts Hospital provides both acute and chronic hospital care to patients with a variety of chronic diseases and complicated medical conditions, such as:

  • Cardiac and pulmonary disease

  • Chronic neurological disorders

  • Complications of strokes

  • Dementia with major behavioral issues

  • End stage terminal illnesses of various diagnoses

Consider joining our dynamic team of health care professionals in a work environment that provides high staff to patient ratio and delivers high quality care to all patients on all units. Enjoy the opportunity to provide quality services in a long-term care setting where familiar faces are the norm rather than the exception.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at 413-784-9339.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in planning, organizing, instituting or conducting therapeutic recreation services in a recognized public or private agency, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience in the substitution below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in recreation, recreation education, creative arts therapy or therapeutic recreation may be substituted for the required experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements:
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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