Colorado: The Growing Project seeks Horticultural Therapy Specialist

29 May
Job Title: Horticultural Therapy Specialist, Garden Time Director, PT
Job Summary: Provide horticultural therapy (HT) sessions to youth ages 10-18 at a residential treatment facility in Fort Collins, CO. You will need to act on your own initiative and be self-directed in HT tasks.
Reports to: The Growing Project (TGP) Executive Director and contracted facility director
Qualifications: BA in horticulture, social science or education (specialization in vocational education, therapeutic recreation or occupational therapy or equivalent work experience also acceptable). Registered horticultural therapist (HTR or HTM) is preferred but not required. Can be working toward registration, and/or pursuing coursework in horticultural therapy. Must have excellent communication and human relations skills. Must posses a valid driver’s license. Must submit to a background check.
Experience: Experience with youth, particularly at-risk populations, is preferred with practical experience in horticultural and/or vocational services. Experience in food crop production, organic soil fertility and pest management. Supervisory experience preferred.
Contacts: Staff and supervisors of contracted residential treatment facility, The Growing Project staff, board and Executive Director, volunteers, youth residents, visiting families and therapists, general public
Working Conditions: Must possess full range of body motions: bending, sitting, walking, reaching, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Contact with adverse weather conditions, sun, noise, dirt, heat, cold and interruptions.
Job Requirements:
• Develop and facilitate HT programming twice a week for duration of contract for youth clients at residential treatment facility
o HT sessions focused on vocational and social therapeutic outcomes
o Food-production oriented
o Environmental education and urban agriculture experiential learning
• Coordinate schedule of HT programming with residential treatment center staff and TGP volunteers, including guest speakers, special events, and periodic work field trips with clients to local farms
• Maintain specified documentation of individual client and group outcomes, as well as overall program evaluation
• Work closely with residential treatment facility chef to coordinate planting and production of food crops based on needs of the facility kitchen.
• Work closely with project volunteers to provide HT sessions and farm-based experiential community service learning opportunities
• Responsible for acquiring all materials needed for programming sessions, through coordination with TGP, residential treatment facility staff, volunteers, community members, donors, etc.
• Maintain inventories of supplies, materials and plant materials for program (including materials purchased, loaned and in-kind donations)
• Work with all contacts to assure highest quality experience for youth resident clients
• Maintain satisfactory working relationships with TGP board, staff and executive director, as well as staff and director of contracted residential treatment facility
• Maintain a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to all contacts
• Assist with fund raising efforts for the Garden Time HT program
• Attend monthly board meetings and give updates of GT programming at each meeting
• Perform other duties as requested by management
• This position will continue to expand upon and develop existing programming that was originally implemented in the summer 2010
• You will be employed directly by the residential treatment facility
Duration and Compensation: Guaranteed $10/hr, 10hr/week, for 15 weeks. Additional work and compensation may be available. Work to start the June 15th. This experience can be used towards an appropriate internship upon request.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume with three references no later than June 8th5pm MST, to megan@thegrowingproject.org. No phone calls.
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