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State of Massachusetts Recreational Therapist I in Holyoke, Massachusetts

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is seeking enthusiastic and compassionate professionals for three (3) Recreational Therapist I vacancies. The incumbents for these positions will assist the department Director with planning, organizing and instructing Veterans through participation in both individual and group leisure activities in accordance to their needs and capabilities.

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of activities suitable for Veterans in a long-term care facility.

  • Assist in the development of individual Veteran therapeutic goals and objectives.

  • Support Veterans’ spiritual, emotional and physical needs.

  • Responsible for the completion of recreation documentation (i.e. progress notes, assessments, MDS).

  • Assist with community trips and special events.

  • Order and maintain recreational supplies and equipment to ensure their availability and safety for Veteran use.

  • Provide leisure education designed to help the Veterans acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for independence and social involvement.

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


  • This position is 40 hours per week; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to include working every other weekend.

  • The ability to work holidays and flexible hours in order to meet program needs is expected.

/_Required Qualifications_//:/

  • Knowledge and understanding of Recreation Therapy principles and techniques.

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

  • Ability to deal tactfully with others, and to motivate others.

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

  • Ability to lead a group.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment as well as discretion in handling confidential information.

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

/_Preferred Qualifications_//:/

  • CTRS Certification (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist).

  • Experience working in a long-term care facility.

  • Experience working with geriatric and/or memory-impaired populations.

  • Talent for recognizing the cultural diversity of the Home, and ensure sensitive and equitable treatment for all who work and visit the facility.

/_About the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke:_/

The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is a state-funded, fully accredited health care facility that offers veterans quality health care, including full-time residential accommodations, and provides educational and social services for Veterans in the Commonwealth. The Soldiers’ Home is staffed by approximately 330 administrators, clinicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, skilled trade, dietary staff, housekeeping staff, contractors, consultants and general administrative personnel. The tradition of service to the veterans of Massachusetts is surpassed only by a continued commitment to excellence in care for those who are in need now and in the future. Our mission is to provide “Care with Dignity, Honor, and Respect” to our Veterans.

Learn more about our important work:

/_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

/_Pre-Hire 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 regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.

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.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Soldiers` Home, Holyoke

Title: Recreational Therapist I

Location: Massachusetts-Holyoke-110 Cherry Street

Requisition ID: 2100006I