State of Massachusetts Recreational Therapist I in Westfield, Massachusetts

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

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

  3. Remains knowledgeable of various technologies used to facilitate recreational activities (e.g. internet connected devices, audio visual equipment, smart TVs, etc.)

  4. Serves as a representative of the Recreation Department at various meetings, including interdisciplinary team meetings.

  5. 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.

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

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

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

  9. Performs other related duties.

_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.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Recreational Therapist I

Location: Massachusetts-Westfield-91 East Mountain Rd

Requisition ID: 1800087W