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Therapeutic Recreation Specialist - SHW

Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/11
Posting End Date: 2024/06/23
Category: Human Services
Sub Category: Mental Health
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Nampa, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 24.28
Maximum Salary: 24.28
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

Come join a great team at State Hospital West (SHW)! We are seeking a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for SHW located in Nampa. SHW is a 16-bed Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment Hospital (for adolescents between 11 and 18 years old) nestled between Ridgecrest and Centennial golf courses on a picturesque piece of state property along the Nampa Interstate 84 corridor. SHW provides psychiatric inpatient treatment care for Idaho’s adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living and is accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

These positions offer the opportunity to work with an excellent team of the top healthcare providers in Idaho. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking individuals who are driven to make an impact to our patients’ lives. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, share in growth and development, and know at the end of the day you have made a positive impact, then our Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist position might be for you! This position does require that you are certified through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation. This position also requires applicants to become certified in CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Employees will be required to work weekends, holidays, and day shifts.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation.  



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 


  • 11 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance - incredible rates!(full-time/30+ hours per week)
  • PERSI Choice 401(k)
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) 
  • Wide variety of training opportunities
  • Some positions offer flexible hours and/or telecommuting




  • Assess clients' recreation and activity skills and consults with other professionals regarding clients' physical disabilities.
  • Obtain medical/social/educational histories through interviews or review of case records and analyze and interpret assessment results.
  • Participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team to evaluate, diagnose, and plan developmental or rehabilitative treatment for clients.
  • Determine long and short-term recreational treatment goals to meet clients' needs, facility therapeutic recreation procedures and then conducts individual and group programs to meet established goals.
  • Document treatment and prepares reports, coordinate treatment with other providers and evaluate clients' needs for further treatment. 



You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.

  • Certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation. This will include having good knowledge of the following: therapeutic recreation theory, practices and methods, recreation activities and equipment and their suitability for handicapped/special needs clients, purpose and administration of assessment instruments, human growth and development patterns.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in therapeutic recreation or a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation.
  • Experience developing recreational therapy treatment goals for clients. Typically gained by at least six months experience developing therapeutic recreation treatment goals for activities related to client skills and needs.
  • Experience planning and conducting individual and group therapy sessions. Typically gained through at least six months experience plus completion of coursework such as group dynamics, recreational activities, or experiential education; leisure education is also acceptable. 

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EMAIL: [email protected] 
(208) 334-0681


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.