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Recreation Therapist  (17140503)



To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials.  Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position. 


The recreation therapist helps patients build resiliency and life skills. Responsibilities include interviewing and observing patients to assess physical and mental status, capabilities, interests, rehabilitation needs, and planning appropriate interventions; designing and developing treatment programs and interventions addressing patients assessed needs; and developing treatment goals, evaluating patients progress toward goals, and revising goals as needed. Additionally, this position functions as a lead worker for the rehabilitation therapy aides.


Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation.
  • One year recreation therapist experience.
  • Completion of approved recreation therapist internships may substitute for the one year of required experience.
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification is required within one year of employment.


  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Required for the first day of work:
• Knowledge of recreation therapy interventions and practices.
• Knowledge of psychology, human behavior, and development.
• Knowledge of individual and group therapy principles.
• Knowledge of recreational activities and related equipment.
• Knowledge of mental illness, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities; medical and physical disabilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to write reports and make oral presentations.
• Ability to operate personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet, and other computer programs.

Physical and Environmental Demands: Position is required to move between work areas throughout the day as well as part of the offered activities to patients. Work will be performed primarily indoors, but will transition throughout the day between buildings. Additional activities will occur outdoors in varied weather conditions. Must be able to safely demonstrate and facilitate all types of leisure activities throughout the day and lift up to twenty pounds. Position may be required to assist in patient crisis interventions to include patient holds and restraints due to imminent safety risk of patient and/or others. Work hours could change occasionally due to special activities or events.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.


:  Healthcare

Salary: $ 18.53 – 18.53  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings

:  1 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time

Shift:  Day Job

Travel:  No

Primary Location:  Warm Springs

Agency:  Department of Public Health & Human Services Union:  Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT) Bargaining Unit:  024 – MEA-MFT -MSH -Prof

Posting Date:  Mar 2, 2017, 10:08:26 AM

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  Ongoing

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, Transcripts

Contact Name:  Beth Eastman  |  Contact Email:  eeastman@mt.gov  |  Contact Phone:  406-693-7145 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications.

Montana State Government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, or sexual orientation), age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to the merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.