Recreational Therapist I – Wrentham Developmental Center – Wrentham, MA

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is looking for an enthusiastic and inspirational Recreational 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: The duties and responsibilities stated are a general summary and not all inclusive.

  • Develop and implement support plan by selecting recreation activities designed to successfully achieve goals and objectives.
  • Assess consumer’s needs 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

Agency Requirements:

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Must possess current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Work Location:

Wrentham, MA

Work Schedule:

Full Time – 40 Hours

Working: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 2 days and 3 evenings ( Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. per week.

Days off: Friday/Saturday

The evening shift will be coordinated with your Supervisor to meet the needs of the Department. Flexibility required.

About the DDS Agency:

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

The Wrentham Developmental Center is an approximately 200-bed facility serving the more complex medical, rehabilitative, educational, and recreational needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This position is critical to the safety and well-being of the residents.

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 is 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.
  • 12 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-Offer Process:

  • 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. 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.
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  • 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

For questions concerning the information in this requisition please contact the Human Resources’ Field Office at 508-866-8803.

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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.

Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

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

Official Title
: Recreational Therapist I

Primary Location
: United States-Massachusetts-Wrentham-Emerald Street

: Medical Services

: Department of Developmental Services

: Full-time

: Multiple

Job Posting
: Apr 15, 2022, 3:23:43 PM

Number of Openings
: 1

: 39,577.72 – 51,334.40 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator
: Karin Eddy – [email protected] – (Direct Video Phone) – 8572548348

Bargaining Unit
: 02-AFSCME – Service/Institutional

: No

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