Massachusetts Employer VOCATIONAL/EQUINE SUPPORT STAFF in Merrimac, Massachusetts
OVERVIEW: Provide equine related guidance, instruction, vocational training, and employment and direct care supports to Individuals participating in Flexible Day Supports at various locations/sites Follow and implement all safety guidelines, procedures, and assessment results to ensure that Individual?s health, personal, and safety needs are met at all times Provide job coaching as needed at agency and community based equine/farm employment sites Follow protocols and policies, adhere to reporting requirements, including DPPC?s and Incident Reports, and maintain all required documentation including time cards Participate in all necessary training, obtain required certifications, assist with transportation and personal care as needed Assist with implementation of ISP goals and follow established therapeutic guidelines including Positive Behavior Supports and Trauma Informed Approaches Assist with crisis intervention when necessary and appropriate Provide information related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and promote and teach Human Rights and self-advocacy skills Assist with equine related emergencies Assist with performance of horsemanship tasks and barn management Assist in the training and exercise of horses and therapeutic animals Assist with lessons (i.e. side walking if needed) Assist in the facilitation of additional activities as assigned Utilize a variety of instructional strategies to teach specific marketable equine vocational skills and competencies to Individuals Assist in the development of equine/farm related employment seeking and maintenance skills Assist in the development of employment related personal and social skills such as communication, team-work, self-regulation, and conflict resolution Assist in the development of individualized vocational and employment goals and career plans Assist in the coordination and facilitation of employment related educational opportunities such as classes or webinars Assist with specific completion of tasks necessary to maintain individual Flexible Day Program sites i.e. animal care, farming, etc Provide assistance and guidance to Individuals engaging in equine/farm related entrepreneurial venues/ventures DUTIES: Experience working with horses/donkeys in a variety of capacities. Prefer experience in supporting Individuals with disabilities and/or mental health challenges. Also must share the belief that people with impairments have the ability to self direct and participate in meaningful activities, continue their education, participate in vocational skills training, engage in entrepreneurial initiatives, and contribute meaningfully. Experience in vocational training, or employment in an equine/farm setting. REQUIREMENTS: Solid equine related skills and competencies Ability to provide comprehensive and effective vocational training and employment supports. Effective written and oral communication skills. High degree of coachability, flexibility, adaptability, organization, and attention to detail. Ability to accept feedback Ability to maintain a confidential working relationship. Crisis intervention skills. Ability to apply a variety of therapeutic approaches and strategies. Valid driver?s license Demonstrates solid interpersonal skills and is reliable, consistent, and dependable. Exhibits good judgment and decision- making skills even in challenging situations. Demonstrates creative problem-solving skills. Works well independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates initiative, commitment, and positive energy. Demonstrates personal awareness/self-reflection related to work issues and performance and is committed to personal and professional growth. Understanding of agency and funding agencies? policies and procedures This is a partial job description. Please contact our recruiters for more details.