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State of Massachusetts Recreational Therapist I in Wrentham, Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is looking for an

enthusiastic and inspirationalRecreational Therapist I (RT 1)to work at the

Wrentham Developmental Center developing and implementing of therapeutic goals and objectives

for recreational services. The RT 1 is responsible to plan, organize, and implement recreation activities,

including the pool, based on individuals' interests and abilities.

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

  • Develop**and implement support plan by selecting recreation activitiesdesigned to successfully achieve goals and objectives.

  • Assess consumer’sneeds for therapeutic goals and objectives for recreational development and determine the methods of instruction to be used.

  • Ensure engagement of meaningful activities to meet individual’s recreational and day program goals

  • Participate in data collection and documentation on progress.

  • Program development based on Individual assessments and Individual Service Plan (ISP) data.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Basic computer knowledge needed.

  • Prior experience working in a recreational program setting.

  • Experience with assessments/documentation.

  • Experience with correlation of data.

  • Program Development experience

_SCHEDULE Information:_

Full Time - 40 Hours

Working: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 4 days and 1 evening from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. per week. The evening shift will be coordinated with your Supervisor to meet the needs of the Department. Flexibility required.

Days Off: Friday and Saturday

_Agency Requirements:_

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age;

  • Must possess current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License

_About the DDS Agency:_

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) mission is "dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (and autism) to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.”

The Wrentham Developmental Center is a residential facility serving medically complex adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with their rehabilitative, educational, and recreational needs.

_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-employment Requirements: _

  • A criminal background check (CORI) 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.

  • AND

  • In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. 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’ Field Office staff at 508-866-8803.

If you are having issues with the electronic system/MassCareers please contact the Employment Services Center (ESC) at 617-979-8500.

This is a Civil Service Position. If there is no Civil Service list for this title, employees appointed must take and pass the next Civil Service examination when administered.


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 Developmental Services

Title: Recreational Therapist I

Location: Massachusetts-Wrentham-Emerald Street

Requisition ID: 200007AV