Activities Technician/TRT

  • Full Time
  • Utah County, UT
  • $15.52 – $24.59 an hour USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $15.52 – $24.59 an hour

State of Utah

Job Description:
As an Activities Technician at the Utah State Hospital, you will work under the direction of a licensed recreational therapist to implement individualized recreation therapy treatment programs and activities at this facility.

Principle Duties:
Plan, prepare, and implement leisure activities for the residents at the Utah State Hospital.
Work directly with the Patients, staff, Program Leads, and Recreation Therapy staff, and train direct care staff on leisure activities.
Develop new ideas and contribute to USH recreational programs
Monitors and observes patients; records and reports patient’s client’s conditions, progress, behaviors, activity, etc.

The Ideal Candidate:
Has professional experience working with mentally ill patients/clients.
Has professional work experience in a direct patient care setting for mentally ill patients or clients.
A college degree in recreation therapy or are working toward the degree.
A TRT (Therapeutic Recreation Technician) certification.
If you would like additional information, please contact Julie Varoz, Recreational Director, (801) 344-4400

Why You Should Join Our Team:
In addition to working in a state-of-the-art Psychiatric Hospital with highly skilled clinicians who provide state-of-the-art programming to the individuals we treat, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. We provide generous paid time off so you will have a positive work-life balance. You can find out more about the state benefits offered here .
Joining our team will allow you to teach recreation and leisure skills in a safe and respectful environment to promote hope and quality of life for individuals with mental illness. You will be meeting these needs in a Hospital that is fully accredited from the Joint Commission and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, certifying the high quality of the Hospital’s environment and treatment programs.

The Agency:
Mission Statement
Utah State Hospital provides a safe and healing environment in which all people are treated with dignity and respect. It is our purpose to assist patients to reach their potential, through individualized treatment, with a high value being placed on meeting the needs of each patient in a humanistic, caring and professional manner.
You can find more information about the Utah State Hospital here.

Example of Duties:
Implement individualized recreation therapy treatment programs and activities under the direction of a licensed recreational therapist
Prepares and recommends therapeutic recreation, leisure education, and diversionary recreation activities for individual clients, groups and units, and treatment mall
Monitors and observes patients; records and reports patient’s client’s conditions, progress, behaviors, activity, etc.
Be an effective member of the clinical/discipline treatment team
Assist RT Director with other duties as assigned

Typical Qualifications:
Must have or be able to obtain a (TRT) Therapeutic Recreation Technician licensure, Maintain TRT licensure requirements, and CEU’s, practice within the scope of TRT licensure
The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas
Assess activity needs such as staffing, training, security, etc.
Deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism.
Speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally.
Communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing.
Observe details at close range and at a distance.
Observe physical conditions, behavior or surroundings for potential areas of concern or inappropriate activity.
Hear sounds that may indicate potential areas of concern or inappropriate activity.

Supplemental Information:
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.
Department of Human Resource Management rules and DHS policies regarding promotions and transfers apply to current employees.
The Utah State Hospital is a smoke free environment. No tobacco use is allowed on campus.
Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview