Jobs & Internships


Recreational Activities Coordinator- The Wyoming State Hospital

Join our team at the Wyoming State Hospital and fulfill your passion for serving others and making a difference in your community while starting a career in state government. The city of Evanston is a small Rocky Mountain community that is a 45-minute drive from the world-famous ski slopes of Park City, Utah. Evanston's area is excellent for recreational activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

This position provides direct recreation therapy interventions to patients in a psychiatric hospital in the group and individual modalities.


The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.

  • Completes Recreation Therapy Assessments to develop treatment programming relevant to the interests and needs of the person served.

  • Works as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.

  • Conducts therapeutic interventions and activities which are relevant to persons served.

  • Documents information relevant to persons served.

  • Maintains therapeutic facilities and troubleshoots difficulties as they arise.

  • Follows ATRA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.


  • Preference may be given to applicants with one or more years of experience working with serious, persistent mentally ill patients.

  • Preference may be given to applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a closely related field.

  • Preference may be given to applicants who are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) by NCTRC.


  • Knowledge of group facilitation techniques and group dynamics.

  • Knowledge of Therapeutic Recreation Treatment models and Theories.

  • Assessments.

  • Treatment plan development.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree (typically in Recreation Therapy)

  • Experience:

    • 0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in recreational therapy) with acquired knowledge at a Recreational Activities Coordinator level.


    • Education & Experience Substitution:

    • 4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in recreational therapy) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Recreational Activities Coordinator

Application Instructions:

Contact Person

Kathy Argyle, CTRS

Lead Recreation Therapist

Wyoming State Hospital

(307) 444-0688


Evanston, WY

Recreational Therapist- ScenicView Academy

ScenicView is looking to hire a full-time Recreation Therapist to help us serve the neuro diverse community. Services are provided in a residential support setting. The Recreation Therapist provides direct service to teach skills and provide interventions under the direction of the program directors and supervised by the Program Supervisor. Flexible hours up to 32 hours per week.

Specific Duties:

  • Assist students in acquiring skills, as defined by program Outcomes, using the Direct Instruction model.

  • Provide students with formal and informal assessments to gauge skills mastery

  • Make recommendations for students’ skill needs and scheduling to Service Coordinators

  • Initiate skill development after receiving assignment and consulting with the Service Coordinator regarding student MAP goals

  • Evaluate pre and post assessment results and modify instruction as necessary

  • Document skill development progress on the MAP

  • Continually update the student on their progress

  • Collaborate with the Service Coordinator to recommend involvement of other specialists if additional interventions are required

  • Consult with the Service Coordinator to create, alter, or amend student plans or schedules, with the understanding that the Service Coordinator will have final say in all student plans

  • Collaborate with the recreational therapy team to plan and execute student enrichment activities

  • Manage recreational therapy supplies and inventory


  • Licensed as TRS in Utah, preferably CTRS

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Provo, UT

Recreational Therapist/ Activity Coordinator - Embark Behavioral Health

Are you a creative and energetic Activities Coordinator with a mission-driven mindset? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of families in need? If so, then consider joining Embark Behavioral Health as a Recreational Therapist at our Hobble Creek residential treatment facility.

Embark is a national innovator in mental health care is pleased to announce the opportunity for an experienced and innovative leader in the therapeutic activities to join our Hobble Creek, UT Team. This individual will be an instrumental role in: planning, organizing, developing, maintaining, promoting, operating, and managing a recreational activity program within a Residential Treatment facility. Additionally this person will coordinate and monitor activities with contractors, and volunteers providing therapeutic recreational services at the Residential Treatment Center. Work is performed in accordance with the departmental rules, regulations, and safety practices to reinforce to our clients, in a short term residential treatment setting. Our unique approach at White Haven is multi-systemic and emphasizes the power of relationships. Our employees work together with a close-knit support team and provide support for the entire family.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop activity schedule that promotes socialization, teamwork, recreation and physical movement.

  • Guide students and encourage engagement in group activities

  • Discuss the importance of living a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, socialization and mindfulness.

  • Plans and facilitates daily, weekly and monthly events to encourage socialization, relaxation and recreation

  • Implements activities to accommodate the social and emotional needs of teens

  • Handles logistic aspects of making events possible such as ordering supplies, maintaining inventory, phone calls and scheduling.

  • Ensures the safety of students while participating in activities and monitors and document student participation and progress

  • Flexible, adaptable and able to help meet the programs daily structure and scheduling needs.

  • Hours required: four weekdays 11-7 (weekdays flexible); Saturdays 10-2

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of adolescent development and recreational interventions to support emotional needs of the population served.

  • Knowledge of company policies and practices.

  • Basic knowledge of the disorders and issues facing the students and their families.

  • Skill in communicating clearly with students, parents, and co-workers.

  • Ability to do basic word processing.

  • Ability to project coordinate and prioritize work.

  • Ability to adapt to the vast variety of learning, behavioral, and emotional needs of the students.

  • Ability to align activities to help meet the students treatment goals.

  • Highly organized.

  • Ability to create and adhere to a schedule.

  • At least 2 years working in recreation type setting

Education and Experience:

  • Experience in leading indoor and outdoor recreational activities with integrative learning concepts.

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences.

Application Instructions:


Springville, UT

Certified Recreational Therapist Manager - Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital

Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital is an 80 bed facility, serving the Adolescent,

Adult, and Detox/Rehab population and is located in Orem, Utah. PCBH is

looking for a committed individual to fill an opening as a CTRS Manager. You will

have the opportunity to work at an extraordinary facility with those who are

committed to making a difference in the lives of those in need.


  • This is a Full time position Monday-Friday, with daytime hours

  • Responsible for assessing patients' leisure and recreational activities

  • Provide age and developmentally appropriate therapy groups

  • Establish behavioral and therapeutic treatment goals


  • Current CTRS certification, registration or licensure in accordance with state and/or national board standards of specific field or allied health


  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision, Supplemental Life and Disability plans

  • 401(K) with company match and UHS stock options

  • Competitive Compensation & Generous Paid Time Off

Application Instructions:

To learn more visit OR Call us at 801-852-1898


Orem, UT

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist - Benchmark Behavior Health

Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems believes that therapeutic recreation has a unique role in the psychological and behavioral improvement of the adolescents we treat. Our therapeutic recreation staff use individual and group therapy, play, recreation and other activity based interventions to maximize our patient's functioning and promote quality of life. If you have a strong interest in providing quality therapeutic recreation to adolescent boys who have experience severe personal trauma, this is the job for you. You will be given the autonomy to develop and create a wide range of modalities and facilitation techniques. You will also be working with an awesome team of multidisciplinary professionals that you can rely on to assist you in coordinating a solid foundation of quality care and mental health treatment.

Job Duties Include:

  • Planning and implementing recreation therapy groups three times daily Monday-Thursday (Friday is a “catch up” day for documentation, program planning, and assessments)

  • Planning and implementing three, two-hour community integration outings weekly with the possibility of extra adventure programming

  • Complete intake assessments and set therapeutic recreation goals

  • Complete daily progress notes and other documentation

  • Attend monthly department and hospital meetings

  • Provide crisis de-escalation for residents that may require physical restraints

Minimum Requirements

  • State licensure (TRS) and national certification (CTRS)

  • Bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy

  • 2 years’ experience working with adolescents in a mental health setting

  • Able to pass a criminal background check

  • Must have a current Utah driver’s license and pass a motor vehicle check

  • CPR (we provide)

  • Crisis Prevention Intervention training (we provide)

Application Instructions:

Contact Alexis Tucker, (702) 561-1713



Woods Cross, UT

Full Time Recreational Therapist - Copper Hills Youth Center

Copper Hills Youth Center, located in West Jordan, UT is a private residential treatment center for adolescents 12-17 years of age. We counsel, teach and mentor children placed in our care and give each child a chance to make successful changes. At Copper Hills Youth Center, we treat boys and girls who have emotional, behavioral and psychiatric disorders. Our accredited private school allows students to continue their education while receiving treatment.

We are searching for a full time Recreational Therapist who will be responsible for planning, organizing and conducting recreational therapy program for assigned units.

As a recreation therapist, you will have a caseload of 25-30 residents, and you will be conducting psychoeducational groups, ropes course groups, adventure outings, service outings and community outings.

You will work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and your days will generally start around 8am and end at 4pm, but that can/will flex depending on the needs of the department and the needs of your caseload. You will be expected to attend all meetings and trainings related to your job and your caseload. On Saturdays the days tend to be different depending on the outings that are being conducted. You will be required to work at least 2 Saturdays per month, but sometimes it will be 3 Saturdays per month, depending on the needs of the department.


  • You are required to be certified by NCTRC and hold a current CTRS certification, as well as be licensed as a TRS through DOPL in the state of Utah.

Benefits offered to full time staff include:

· Student Loan Repayment and Tuition Assistance

· Free delicious and healthy meals while on shift

· Medical, Dental, Vision insurances

· Basic Life and Supplemental Life insurance

· Short and Long-term Disability insurance

· Dependent Life insurance

· Flexible spending accounts

· 401k with Company Match

· Generous paid time off

· And more!!

Contact Name

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Allysa Beers, Director of RT at Copper Hills Youth Center at

Application Instructions

If you want to join a team of professionals passionate about providing world class care to the patients we serve, please submit your resume via the online career center:

West Jordan, UT

Full Time CTRS, RECREATION THERAPIST - Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital


  • It takes passion and dedication to meet the behavioral health needs of our community.

  • Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital is an 80-bed facility, serving the Adolescent, Adult, and Detox/Rehab population and is located in Orem, Utah. You have the exciting opportunity to join us today as a Recreation Therapist/ CTRS and be a part of an extraordinary team, committed to making a difference in the lives of those in need. Bring your expertise, compassion, and enthusiasm for others and apply today!

  • PCBH is a member of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). UHS is one of the nation’s largest and most respected healthcare management companies with more than 90,000 employees.

CTRS details:

  • This is a Full time position, Monday-Friday, daytime hours.

  • Responsible for assessing patients' leisure and recreational activities

  • Provide age and developmentally appropriate therapy groups

  • Establish behavioral and therapeutic treatment goals


  • Current CTRS certification, registration or licensure in accordance with state and/or national board standards of specific field or allied health

Application Instructions:


Orem, UT

PRN Recreational Therapist - Huntsman Mental Health Institute (Formerly UNI)

Our Recreational Therapists are responsible for developing treatment plans, implementing and evaluating recreation therapy interventions and ensuring safe and appropriate therapeutic services are provided. Recreational Therapists must have one of the following:

  • Current licensure to practice as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) in the State of Utah.

  • Current licensure to practice as a Master Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (MTRS) in the State of Utah.


  • Provides safe and appropriate specialized programs.

  • Assesses patients, develops and implements treatment programs to meet the goals of treatment services and patient needs.

  • Establishes treatment goals.

  • Evaluates therapy results and modifies treatment plans accordingly.

  • Develops discharge plans in collaboration with patient, family and treatment team members.

  • Participates as an active member of the treatment team.

  • Participates in the department and service delivery unit's quality improvement programs.

  • Evaluates and assists in procurement of needed resources.

  • May assist in orientation, supervision and professional development of new staff and students.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.

  • In performing daily work responsibilities with patients, the incumbent must constantly monitor safety and be able to foresee problems before they become a crisis. It may be required to address and resolve crisis situations involving patients.

  • The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.


Recreational Therapists must have one of the following:

  • Current licensure to practice as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) in the State of Utah.

  • Current licensure to practice as a Master Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (MTRS) in the State of Utah.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

  • Two years of related experience.

  • Current Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain one within one month of hire.

  • National certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for Recreational Therapists.

Application Instructions:

Complete application at

Application Deadline


Contact Person


Salt Lake City, UT

Full Time, Fixed PRN, and PRN Recreational Therapist - Salt Lake Behavioral Health

Salt Lake Behavioral Health is seeking a dynamic and talented Recreational/Expressive Therapist. We are a private, freestanding, 118- bed, acute psychiatric hospital; specializing in mental health and chemical dependency. We provide a wide range of services and programs that offer evidence-based treatment proven to have positive outcomes for our patients. Our inpatient and day hospital, or outpatient services offer supportive and compassionate care for adults through specialty programs that are tailored to meet the needs of our patients.


The Recreational/Expressive Therapist is responsible for planning and implementing therapeutic services for assigned program, which involves defining, and implementing treatment goals as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and providing continuous patient care, observation, interaction, and role modeling to patients. This full time position requires 10 hour shifts, Sunday-Wednesday. Sunday shift includes taking the Strong Hope military patients on outings. Fixed PRN shifts are Saturdays and Sundays.


  • Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Occupational, Art, Music, or Recreation therapy, humanities, social work or related therapeutic discipline, or a Masters degree in Art Therapy, preferred.

  • Experience: One (1) year of related experience, with knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.

  • Licensure: Certification or licensure by state and/or national governing body in one of the following areas: art, occupational, recreation (state license), or music therapy preferred.

  • Additional Requirements: Successful completion of CPR Certification and successful completion of Preventative Management Aggressive Behavior Training (MANDT) prior to assisting with a restraining procedure and within 90 days of employment. May be required to work overtime and flexible hours. Current Lifeguard and First Aid certifications if conducting swimming activities.

This opportunity provides the following:

  • Salt Lake Behavioral Health provides a challenging and rewarding work environment

  • Growth and development opportunities within UHS and its subsidiaries

  • Free Meals

  • Competitive Compensation

  • Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription Drug Plan

  • 401k plan with company match

  • Generous Paid Time Off

Application Instructions:


Salt Lake City, UT

Part-Time Recreation Therapist & Lead Rock Guide- Pivot Adventure

Pivot Adventure is a 501(c)(3), transforming the mental health care system for teens through adventure and resiliency training. There is no map. No step-by-step set of instructions to live a life of happiness. What we need is a compass. Pivot Adventure offers a resiliency training course that helps students develop skills to navigate life's challenges. Pivot Adventure is seeking a Recreation Therapist & Lead Rock Guide to develop a RT program and bring the way we deliver mental health services to another level.

Fear will never go away. It's part of our biology. We must learn to dance with it. Pivot Adventure helps our students become more resilient in an increasingly complicated world. We help students find their voice and develop a new posture: "People like us do stuff like this." Pivot Adventure helps develop student’s internal narrative about themselves and how they see the world through resiliency training. All highly resilient people have learned how to change the story they're telling themselves. When we take adversity and turn it into a learning experience, our quality of life improves. Most of our students are 12 to 15-years-old who struggle with depression, anxiety, isolation, and suicide ideation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have a clean criminal background check, pass a drug screening, a Utah valid driver’s license (within 30 days of employment), and a good driving record. Experience driving a 15-passenger van is preferred.

  • Bachelor's degree in recreation therapy. Must have Utah licensure and certification, State licensure (TRS) and national certification (CTRS). Must have minimum 2-3 years’ previous experience in the TR field. Previous experience working in wilderness therapy or with clients in a wilderness setting a bonus.

  • Must maintain First Aid & CPR certifications and Crisis Intervention training.

  • Must have at least 12 months prior of outdoor climbing experience. Ability to comfortably lead 5.9 sport climbs outside.

  • Preferred to have led a minimum of 50 traditional routes, most of which should at least be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.

  • This position is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting. Certification of Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) from AMGA (or equivalent) is highly preferred. Rock climbing is by far our most common adventure we offer our students.

  • Ability to set variety of sport climbing anchors using quickdraws, cordalettes and occasional cams.

  • Great interpersonal skills. Ability to speak Spanish a bonus. Must be willing to read at least 12 non-fiction books on their own to learn the Pivot Adventure Curriculum.

  • Develop Recreation Therapy program from the ground up including documentation for both private pay and scholarship program. Set up a goal for students to work on, use a "theory" and/or a "mode or model" to help them reach that goal. Implement RASP survey for students to track improvement of resiliency course.

  • Recruit, train, lead, mentor, and evaluate Recreation Therapy Interns and work as liaison with local Utah colleges.

  • Ability to learn and use Slack, Smartwaiver and Google Docs.

  • Must have COVID vaccine to work.

  • Ability to stay organized and handle multiple roles and responsibilities at once. Ability to organize and inspect climbing gear and other outdoor gear for safety.

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, work in variety of outdoor setting including in inclement weather.

  • Ability to access risks associated in outdoor setting with teenagers.

  • Must have great soft skills. Clear, kind and professional communicator with coworkers, parents, students and others.

  • Ability to read a weather, snow and avalanche forecast. Showing up to work on time and prepared for outing with proper attire. Able to communicate to parents and students beforehand about what they need to prepare for that day.

  • Energy to improve programs and innovate. Willingness to try things that might not work is essential for this position.

  • Social media literate a bonus. Including the use of Instagram and Facebook to promote Pivot Adventure programs.

  • Quick response to guides, management, and parents. Ability to accept feedback, internalize it and improve. Excellent level of professionalism is a must.

  • Willingness to obtain Community Peer Support Service certification through DHS if needed.

This is a part-time position with room for growth based on the success of this position and Pivot Adventure as a whole. We are small, local nonprofit looking to make a big impact. This position begins at $17 per hour while on probation (at least two rounds of classes to evaluate candidates fit to Pivot Adventure). Once past evaluation, if candidate is asked to stay on they will get at a pay bump up to $20 per hour. Yearly raises subsequently after. Position hours vary. In general, programs run 8 weeks at a time with a couple weeks off in between the start of the next set of programs from January to Thanksgiving. During program times there are opportunities to work 15-29 per week. This position works evenings from 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Application Instructions

If interested, send us an email to Josh Allred (Co-Founder) at with your resume and a short blurb about yourself and why you are interested in the position. Include your recent projects you have worked on, a recent failure you have had, your proudest moments, some books you are currently reading and what have you learned that you would like to pass on to someone else.

Contact Person

Josh Allred,, (801) 608-0555


Salt Lake County

Recreational Therapist (CTRS/TRS or MTRS) - Maple Lake Academy


Maple Lake Academy is a residential treatment center for adolescents (13 to 18) on the autistic spectrum. Our students are high functioning dealing with deficits in social skills, life skills, inability to understand their own emotions or put their emotions in to words. Many of our students are emotionally fragile or don’t have strong emotional intelligence. We provide a safe and nurturing home like environment for our students to learn skills that push them in the areas mentioned above. Our team works with our client population daily, hands on, and in one on one situations. has been providing support to teens experiencing high-functioning ASD, non-verbal learning disorders, and other significant life challenges including depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, attachment disorders, self-esteem, psychological trauma, and other challenges. We use an attachment theory approach to care and seek to help teens embrace life and learning one success at a time.

Recreational Therapy at Maple Lake Academy

Maple Lake Academy has been honored with the “Utah Recreation Therapy Association Outstanding Program Award”, and we value recreation therapy as a central and critical benefit to the overall therapeutic support we provide our students.

Our recreational therapy (RT) program utilizes goal-oriented individual, group, and family sessions to increase students’ knowledge of themselves as well as to enhance feelings of trust, responsibility, self-esteem, cooperation, adaptability, awareness and decision making.

Benefits experienced by students who participate in RT at Maple Lake Academy include:

  • Countless opportunities to learn and practice communication and social skills while working as a team member in community tasks.

  • Frequent occasions for the student to gain leadership skills through planning, development and implementation of recreation therapy activities as task leader.

  • Community service projects help students understand their role and importance in society.

  • Greater opportunities for personal growth and progress through participating in tasks that are perceived to be challenging.

  • Leisure participation, social integration, and problem resolution.


We are looking for a Recreational Therapist who has experience working with teenagers, preferably on the autism spectrum, and who is enthusiastic and passionate about RT, residential treatment, and working with a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of professionals. You would also be involved with taking what's working well with the existing program, and have the freedom to build upon it to make the program your own. High organization and communication skills will be important in this role. This is a management position. The Recreational Therapist will oversee all programs and supervise another Recreational Therapist (Part-Time).


  • Management position.

  • Oversee another Recreational Therapist working in the program.

  • Assess each incoming client to determine current functioning, therapeutic needs, and leisure/recreation needs to improve quality of life.

  • Create and list objectives for each client on his/her Master Treatment Plan (MTP).

  • Plan and execute 1.5-hour Recreation Therapy (RT) group sessions 3 times weekly and a 3-hour session on Fridays.

  • Coordinate and lead an extended RT session, on Fridays during the summer schedule, that takes school time and lasts up to 8 hours.

  • Plan and lead a 3-day/2-night camping trip each summer with all students.

  • Document all RT sessions using Best Notes.

  • Collaborate with clinical team and treatment team weekly to discuss client progress and to plan interventions.

  • Participate in weekly management meeting to collaborate department efforts, goals, and schedules.

  • Review RT MTP objectives quarterly in treatment team and replace or update them when completed.

  • Adhere to all confidentiality and HIPAA standards.

  • Adhere to ATRA standards of practice and State of Utah’s Recreation Therapy Practice Act laws and rules.

  • Work with our Marketing team at times to assist in admitting qualified families.

  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a collaborative team.

  • Participate quarterly in parent weekends by creating and implementing experiential tasks for groups of one or more families at a time.

  • Outstanding communication skills

  • DSM-5 competency

  • Open to professional and clinical feedback.

  • High level of self-awareness, and ability to self-evaluate to make changes to program

  • Ability to demonstrate self-regulation in stressful situations and help others maintain or regain baseline in stressful situations

  • Excellent leadership ability in leading client groups and other staff members, in a variety of environments and conditions.

  • Resource to residential staff, taking time to teach them in the moment as needed.

  • Commitment to providing culturally competent services, with an ongoing commitment to training and development.

  • Training any Recreation Therapy interns in all the above responsibilities and duties, as well as completing all NCTRC internship requirements.

  • Conducting RT tasks for training within MLA departments.

  • Occasionally assist in presenting at Company-wide training

  • Maintains an up-to-date training record on all required training

  • Other duties as assigned

Technology Requirements

  • Copy/Fax machine: Basic

  • Computer Skills: Basic

  • Microsoft 365: Basic

  • Video Conferencing: Basic

Minimum Requirements and Experience

  • NCTRC certification as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

  • Utah licensure as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) or Master Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (MTRS) in good standing

  • 2+ years experience with an active license

  • Age 21+

  • Ability to pass a criminal background check upon hire


-Medical and Dental group coverage (Maple Lake covers a high percentage of the employee's premium, so your monthly investment is low!)

-HSA options for health coverage

-Group basic and supplemental Life Insurance

-Great Paid Time Off benefits to help accommodate work-life balance (Vacation, Sick Time, Parental Leave, Bereavement, 8 Company Holidays)

-Very collaborative team between all departments

-Employee activities and company parties throughout the year


Weekdays, usually 9am-5pm


Most youth residential treatment programs use a behavioral approach to therapeutic and residential support, but we set ourselves apart for our students by using an attachment-based approach. Everything we do is through the lens of attachment theory. As a member of the MLA team, you'll get great training in attachment styles, and how to best help teens in our program to build healthy relationships with themselves, their peers, and caregivers. Additionally, we focus on helping students identify the core issues behind their behaviors and thoughts, and then how to address those core needs. We seek to create a safe environment for students and employees to learn, grow, develop, explore, make mistakes, and build lasting impactful relationships with those around them.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should email their resume to Our hiring manager will reach out to candidates who appear to meet our needs within a few business days. If you don't see any emails come through upon submitting the application, or are awaiting a response from the hiring manager, check your SPAM folder. Sometimes emails from our application system get sent there.


Spanish Fork, UT

Summer Internship/VISTA Position - Common Ground Outdoor Adventures

Position Description: Promote mental and physical health and well-being for people with disabilities by providing outdoor recreation.

Contract Period: The position starts June 1st (dates may vary) and goes through August 5th (dates may vary). The internship is not an hourly position. You will be expected to work 40+ hours a week.


  • Assist program staff in the planning and leading of outdoor recreational activities and trips including, cycling, rock climbing, canoeing, camping, river rafting, etc.

  • Assist program staff with outreach efforts to recruit people with disabilities, organizations, and agencies to participate in activities.

  • Assist with maintenance tasks around the office including: maintaining equipment, cleaning vehicles, and providing misc. office support tasks.

  • Assist in obtaining in-kind donations for programs and special events.


  • Applicants must be mature, reliable, and have a willingness to work with diverse populations.

  • Sincere desire and motivation to work with youths and adults of all abilities

  • Ability and desire to work outdoors

  • Hard Working and self-directed

  • Ability to lift 50lbs.

  • Must provide current first aid and CPR certification documentation

  • Minimum age of 18 years

  • Experience working with volunteers and the public

  • Ability and flexibility to handle various projects with strong organizational skills

  • Ability to take initiative and run with new ideas

  • Strong interpersonal, networking, presentation and recruiting skills

  • Clean driving record

  • Food handlers permit

  • Must be able to pass a background check

Stipend available

Application Instructions:

Apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to Alex Ristorcelli, Program Director, Common Ground Outdoor Adventures 335 N 100 East, Logan, UT 84321.


Phone: (435) 713 - 0288


Logan, UT

Full Time Recreation Therapist- New Focus Academy


Develops schedules, budgets, and various protocols involving the Recreation Therapy Program. Assess students’ level of functioning and well-being within various domains of life, develops treatment goals, plans, and implements intentionally chosen activity and community-based interventions and techniques that are specifically designed to promote increased functioning and well-being within the assessed domains. Documents students progress and provides a discharge summary. Participates in the management of a therapeutic adolescent environment including: developing rapport with adolescents, therapeutic community group sessions, crisis intervention, problem solving management and intervention group meetings, and activities for daily living. Participates in the professional multi-disciplinary case conference meetings and contributes to the prescriptive treatment plan and interventions development and implementation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have current TRS or MTRS licensure as well as CTRS certification.

  • In addition to education requirements, employee must demonstrate, through prior work experience, competency in consistently exercising professional judgment and discretion in the execution and implementation of milieu management techniques and methodologies.

  • Must possess a current certificate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

  • Not required but encouraged: Wilderness First Responder Certification and ROPES Certification.

  • Knowledge Required:

  • Must demonstrate understanding of and ability to apply and implement the TR process as outlined in the ATRA standards of practice.

  • Must demonstrate understanding of and ability to, apply and implement behavioral/psychological theory and principles, as well as treatment approaches for child and adolescent psychopathology. Knowledge and experience in outdoor education/recreation. Effective organizational and management skills required.

  • Must demonstrate strong leadership skills. Must have a working knowledge of Milieu Management strategies.


John Webb 801-301-2447

Application Instructions

Please send a resume to John Webb at and call John Webb at 801-301-2447


Heber City Utah

Part Time Recreation Therapist- Brighton Recovery Center


Our mission at Brighton Recovery Center is to provide the best physical, emotional, and spiritual care for our patients and their families. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect.

As a quickly growing company, we are always looking for passionate, talented and creative people to join our team's roster. We offer excellent pay, medical, dental and vision benefits, PTO and retirement packages. Contact us right away if you would like to be considered for this team. We are looking for the best!


Planning recreation outings and accurately planning costs of the outings; taking residents on recreation outings; taking residents to the gym; supervise residents at all times during these outings; documentation of recreational activity; other recreation duties as needed.

Hourly position, compensation commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements

  • PREFER Licensed in the state of Utah: TRS, CTRS, willing to review individuals with experience but not licensed.


Application Instructions

Please send a copy of your resume to Chloe Swanson, HR Specialist, at


Ogden, UT

Part Time Activity Support- Kostopulos Dream Foundation/Camp Kostopulos

The Activity Support is responsible for instructing, supervising, and providing physical assistance to all participants in our programs. A primary function of this and every other job at the Kostopulos Dream Foundation is to ensure that each member, guest and visitor receives the highest caliber of service. In addition, the Activity Support is tasked with creating a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, clients, and community.

Minimum Requirements

  • Knowledgeable of cognitive & physical disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, developmental delays, spina bifida, etc. preferred.

  • Previous experience in working with individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrated history of responsibility, dependability, and maturity

  • Current First Aid/CPR certification

  • Ability to be flexible, creative and adaptable to situations

  • Ability to consistently lift, carry and load adaptive and other sports equipment that may weigh 50 or more pounds, and sustain aerobic activity for 20 consecutive minutes.

  • Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a clean criminal background.

Contact Name:

Kye James

Program Manager

801-582-0700 ext 100

Application Instructions

You can find an Employment Application at this link. Please send this completed form with a copy of your Resume to


Salt Lake City, UT

Full Time Program Coordinator- Kostopulos Dream Foundation/Camp Kostopulos

The Program Coordinator is responsible for program development and implementation. Assists Program Manager in organization, facilitation, document production and records, and scheduling. Responsible for recruitment, coordination and volunteer management. Assumes the responsibilities and tasks of Program Manager in their absence. A primary function of this and every other job at the Kostopulos Dream Foundation is to ensure that each member, guest and visitor receives the highest caliber of service. In addition, the Program Coordinator is tasked with creating a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, volunteers and community.

Minimum Requirements

  • Passion for Kostopulos Dream Foundation’s mission.

  • Imagination, vision, leadership and integrity.

  • Must have licensure and certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a position in the TR field preferred.

  • The ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize and follow through.

  • A team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, and retaining talented staff members.

  • Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once and operate both independently and as a team member.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power-Point and Publisher) and ability to learn database software.

  • Must be 21 years of age and have a clean criminal background check.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, experience driving a 15 passenger van is preferred.

  • Knowledgeable of Cognitive & Physical Disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delays, spina bifida, etc. required.

  • Previous experience working with individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities required.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated history of responsibility, dependability, and maturity.

  • Current First Aid/CPR certification.

  • Challenge ropes course experience required.

  • Organized camp experience preferred.

  • Ability to be flexible, creative and adaptable to situations.

  • Ability to consistently lift, carry and load adaptive and other sports equipment that may weigh 50 or more pounds, and sustain aerobic activity for 20 consecutive minutes.

  • Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment.

Contact Name:

Kye James

Program Manager

801-582-0700 ext 100

Application Instructions

Our Employment Application can be found at this link. Send this document with a copy of your Resume to


Salt Lake City, UT

Recreation Therapist- Legacy Utah State Hospital

Do you love planning and carrying out group recreational activities?

Can you see yourself planning leisure/recreational activities to help treat the mentally ill?

We are recruiting for a Licensed Recreational Therapist!!

As a Recreational Therapist at the Utah State Hospital, you will prepare and recommend therapeutic, leisure, and diversionary recreation activities for patients residing at this facility.

Principle Duties

  • Performs recreational therapy assessments

  • Implements recreational therapy programs for individual patients

  • Prepares and recommends therapeutic recreation activities

  • Develop new ideas and contribute to USH recreational programs

  • Provide high quality recreation therapy groups

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.

  • Must be licensed as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) or Master Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (MTRS) with the UTAH Division of Occupational Professional Licensing (DOPL)

Contact Name:

If you would like additional information, please contact Julie Varoz, Recreational Director, (801) 344-4400 or (358) 625-6941

Application Instructions


Utah State Hospital 1300 E. Center Street, Provo, Utah

Recreation Memory Care Unit - Mission at Maple Springs


  • Plan, implement and oversee the daily therapeutic recreation activities on a memory care unit


  • TRT but CTRS preferred

Application Instructions:

Send resume to Amy Stoeger at

Application Deadline 2/11/22


Bear River, UT

Activities Director- Meadow Peak Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

Owned by Mission Health Services and partnered with Summit Vista, Meadow Peak Rehabilitation is a growing community. Our new Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living will offer growth for recently hired individuals like no other community.

As Utah’s first Life Plan Community, employees aim to provide daily care in a safe and secure environment. Residents enjoy a private apartment, sitting areas, private dining, and courtyards, all in a relationship rich environment. We strive to know each resident on a personal level and empower them to maintain their independence.

Mission Health Services is a non-profit organization, dedicated to creating a world of change for our residents and care partners!

The bottom line: it is the people — not profits — that define Mission Health Services’ success.

The Activities Director is in charge of planning and executing activities for the enjoyment of our skilled nursing and assisted living residents. Our Eden culture provides worthwhile activities that can be both planned and unplanned as we create a caring and homelike environment.


  • Plan activities with the residents' needs and wants in mind.

  • Implement these ideas and follow through with activities throughout the day.

  • Document as needed.

  • Communicate, collaborate and support staff in gathering residents to these meaningful activities.

  • Develop verbal and written communication to residents and staff regarding the activities of the community.

  • Supervise activities assistants as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least two years of management experience

  • TRT, TRS, or CTRS certification (pay is negotiable based on these credentials)

  • Skilled nursing and assisted living experience preferred

  • Strong desire to care for elderly

  • Able to pass background screening

  • Weekend work may be required at times

Application Instructions:

Contact Tim Needles for more information

Phone: 801-960-6438


Taylorsville, UT

Recreation Therapy Director- Pointe Meadows Health & Rehab


• Plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct the activity programs of this facility.

• Assist in the development, administering, and coordinating of department policies and procedures.

• Keep abreast of current federal and state regulations, as well as professional standards, and make recommendations on changes in policies and procedures to the Administrator.

• Review department policies and procedures, at least annually, and participate in making recommended changes (e.g., ADA, ergonomics, air quality, etc.).

• Develop and implement policies and procedures for the identification of medically related activity needs of the resident.

• Participate in community planning related to the interests of the facility and the services and needs of the resident and family.

• Participate in discharge planning, development, and implementation of activity care plans and resident assignments.

• Interview resident/families as necessary and in a private setting.

• Perform administrative requirements, such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc., and submitting such to the Administrator as required.

• Involve residents and families in planning facility activity programs.

• Assist in arranging transportation to other facilities when necessary.

• Refer resident/families to appropriate social service personnel when the facility does not provide the services or needs of the resident.

• Provide information to resident/families as to Medicare/Medicaid, and other financial assistance programs available to the resident, as necessary.

• Provide consultation to members of our staff, community agencies, etc. in efforts to solve the needs and problems of the resident through the development of activity programs.

• Assist in the review and updating of departmental job descriptions at least annually.

• Assume the authority, responsibility, and accountability of directing the activity department.

• Maintain a productive working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations.

• Review and evaluate the department’s work force and make recommendations to the Administrator.

• Coordinate activities with other departments as necessary.

• Work with the facility’s consultants as necessary and implement recommended changes as required.

• Delegate authority, responsibility, and accountability to other responsible department personnel.

• Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Administrator concerning the operation of the activity department.

• Assist in standardizing the methods in which work will be accomplished.

• Interpret the department’s policies and procedures to employees, residents, visitors, government agencies, etc.

• Keep abreast of economic conditions/situations and recommend to the Administrator adjustments in activity programs that assure the continued ability to provide daily activities.

• Review and develop a plan of correction for activity deficiencies noted during survey inspections and provide a written copy of such report to the Administrator.

• Assist the Infection Control Coordinator in identifying, evaluating, and classifying routine and job related activity functions to ensure that tasks involving potential exposure to blood/body fluids are properly identified and recorded.

• Review departmental complaints and grievances from personnel and make written reports to the Administrator of action(s) taken. Follow facility’s established procedures.

• Assist the Quality Assessment & Assurance Committee in developing and implementing appropriate plans of action to correct identified deficiencies.

• Develop, implement, and maintain an ongoing quality assurance program for the activity department.

• Participate in facility surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.

• Interview residents or family members to obtain activity information.

• Ensure that all charted activity progress notes are informative and descriptive of the services provided and of the resident’s response to the service.

• Maintain a reference library of written material, laws, etc., necessary for complying with current standards and regulations, and that will provide assistance in maintaining a quality activity program.

• Involve the resident/family in planning objectives and goals for the resident.

• Meet with the administration, medical and nursing staff, as well as other related departments in planning activity programs.


  • TRT or CTRS Preferred

Application Instructions:

Please call or email Jared Janmohamed



Lehi, Utah

PRN Recreation Therapist- St. Mark’s Hospital

Do you want to be a part of a family and not just another employee? Are you looking for a work environment where diversity and inclusion thrive? Submit your application today and find out what it truly means to be a part of a team. We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the nation's largest provider of healthcare services as a Recreational Therapist.

As a Recreational Therapist in Behavioral Health at our facility you will be joining a team that has a passion for creating positive patient interactions and a dedication to caring for the multi-faceted wellness of those we serve.


  • You will develop and implement activities for patients to help foster self-awareness, increase social skills, and promote healthy creativity to effectively reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and manage behaviors.

  • You will be responsible for assessing patient needs and completing patient assessments.

  • You will plan and implement regular groups to meet the needs of patients.

  • You will evaluate and document treatment goals and outcomes related to groups and patient involvement.

  • You will review assessments and other activities performed by technicians and assist in the supervision and mentoring of Recreational Therapy interns and new Recreational Therapists.

  • You will provide consultation to other hospital areas as directed by physician order, and under the supervision of the unit director.


  • Current CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist), MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified), ATR-BC (Art Therapist-Board Certified) or (BC-DMT) Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist.

  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) required within 30 days of hire.

  • Bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation or activities therapy; Masters degree preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • One year experience working in therapeutic recreational programs preferred.

Application Instructions:


Salt Lake City, Utah


Bennion Veterans Home Internships

Come complete your internship requirements while serving our Nations Heroes! At the Bennion Veterans Home, we are lucky to have the resources and staff to make a true difference in the lives of our Veterans! Learn the APIED process in action and get practical experience to finish off your degree! We have a thorough RT Internship program with several qualified supervisors and an interdisciplinary team you can learn from as well!

Company / Organization Name:

Bennion Veterans Home


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements


Application Deadline

Two months prior to the start of the semester you are completing your internship

Contact Name:

Kalisha Wilson

Application Instructions

Site visits prior to application are encouraged! Let us show you how cool working with the Greatest Generation can be! Please contact Kalisha Wilson at kalisha.wilson(at)avalonhealthcare(dot)com for more information, application details or to schedule a site visit.


Payson, Utah

Brighton Recovery Center Internships

Brighton Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center for adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. The Recreation Therapy program focuses on evidence based delivery of Therapeutic Recreation through theory based intervention. As a member of the Recreation Therapy team the intern will get a deep understanding of the therapeutic value of engaged experience. This internship is fully immersive and the intern is involved in every step of the process. From coordinating with the rest of the Clinical Team to connecting with sober fellowships and community resources. The intern experience will help you grow professionally and personally throughout.

Company / Organization Name:

Brighton Recovery Center



Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

This internship is a challenging experience but a transformative one so a willingness to grow and apply concepts to ones life is important. …also must be able to work Saturdays…

Application Deadline

2 months prior to the internship start date

Contact Name:

William Lindsay;

Application Instructions

Contact Will Lindsay to schedule a face to face interview. A resume and cover letter are also required: the cover letter should focus on the applicants passion for Therapeutic Recreation and what they see is the future of the industry including their role in that future.


Willowcreek Location: Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Copper Hills Youth Center Internships


  • Internship, Recreational therapy

  • 45986

  • Copper Hills Youth Center


Job Description


Recreation Therapy Intern

Learn to use the APIED process in a mental health setting, working with youth aged 12-18.

Move from observing RT programs to conducting a case load on your own.

Copper Hills Youth Center

5899 West Rivendell Drive

West Jordan, UT 84088


A senior at an accredited university, graduating from a recreation therapy program

Send an email to Allysa Beers with what semester you are applying for and when you would like to start your internship. First Come First Served; turn your application in as soon as you can.

Crescent Senior Living Internships

Crescent Senior Living is an Assisted Living Community operated by Mission Health Services. Mission’s core philosophy is providing an environment of safety and security while the resident retains full autonomy. All of our Mission homes have joined the Eden Alternative Registry and are committed to battling the plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

An internship at Crescent Senior Living provides students with the opportunity to work with our Recreation Therapist and help with assessments, learn our documentation procedures, and to assist in providing goal-oriented leisure programs for our residents.

Company / Organization Name:

Crescent Senior Living



Position Title:


Minimum Requirements

1- Pass a background check.

2- Appropriate TR Coursework.

3- Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

4- Must live offsite and commute each day. Room and board will not be provided.

5- Complete necessary paperwork.

Application Deadline


Contact Name:

Katherine Wright

Application Instructions

Contact Katherine for Internship Application and Guide at:

Send in Cover Letter, Resume, and Completed Application.


Sandy, UT

Daniels Academy Internships

Daniels Academy is committed to providing students with practical learning experiences under the direction of nationally certified and state-licensed therapeutic recreation practitioners. We work with male adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and assist them in developing their social and emotional regulation skills through adventure therapy. Some of our interventions are Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Archery, Fishing, Skiing, and Experiential Education. The intern’s role in this organization is to assist in all aspects of programs and administration. He/she will be supervised by a licensed and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist while performing various job tasks as outlined by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Based on experience, the intern may also serve in a leadership role, as an activity/program leader or project/committee head. The intern will also provide information on current trends in therapeutic recreation services, through projects, presentations, and staff in-service trainings. We offer internships during the Winter and Summer Semesters.

Company / Organization Name:

Daniels Academy



Position Title:

Recreational Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

Ability to instruct or lead individuals or groups in outdoor recreation activities/programs Good physical condition Knowledge and experience in one or more of the programs offered during the semester you are applying for Experience working with Developmental Disabilities or in a Residential Treatment Center Ability to multitask Wilderness First Aid or Current First Aid and CPR (we can provide training free of cost if needed) Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule that often changes from week to week based on programming being offered. Pass a drug screen Complete IRS W4 and I9 Complete BCI Background Check Paperwork Submit Fingerprint Cards Submit Utah DMV Motor Vehicle Report Submit Utah Food Handlers Permit

Application Deadline

See our internship website for deadlines.

Contact Name:

Morgan Larsen

Application Instructions

Go to our internship website at and click on the link on our application page. Once you've filled out the application, please email Morgan Larsen your resume and cover letter at .


904 S 300 W Heber City, UT 84032

Discovery Connections Internship

This is a paid internship for work completed on site up to 40-hours per week. Intern's role in this organization is to assist in all aspects of program and administration. They will be supervised by a licensed and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, while performing various job tasks as outlined by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Based on experience, the intern may also serve in a leadership role, as an activity program leader or project committee head. The intern will also provide information on current trends in therapeutic recreation services, through projects, presentation, and staff in-service trainings.

Company / Organization Name:

Discovery Connections



Position Title:

Recreation Therapist Intern

Minimum Requirements

Ability to instruct or lead individuals or groups in outdoor recreation programs including downhill skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Ability to multitask and provide experiential interventions to varied populations

Availability 9-5 Monday-Friday

Current First Aid and CPR (will be provided if needed)

Pass drug screen

Complete IRS19 and W-2

Complete BCI Background Check

Submit Fingerprint Cards

Contact Name:

Erin O'Malley TRS, CTRS

Discovery Day/Discovery Connections

801 800 3525

Application Instructions

Fill out application and email resume to


Provo, Utah

Kostopulos Dream Foundation Internships

Kostopulos Dream Foundation, also known as Camp Kostopulos, offers year round internships! Here are the following Intern Responsibilities:

1. Act as an integral member of the summer camp program team. Assist with paperwork such as camper histories.

2. Provide supervision, instruction, and ongoing assistance to program staff, campers, and volunteers during programs. Facilitate and lead assigned groups and activities such as-arts and crafts, music, drama, horses, ropes course, and more.

3. Assessments of Participants: Including reviewing documentation, personal interview, and observation. Formal written interviews will be completed by TR interns.

4. Develop individualized intervention plans for participants after assessments.

5. Shadow CTRS. Facilitate activities under direction of intern supervisor.

6. Complete evaluation forms after activities and review with supervisor.

7. Evaluate campers who received an assessment during the week.

8. Assist Program Manager & Coordinators in preparing program areas for summer. Plan and implement programs and activities: Including writing goals and objectives, writing activity plans, and making necessary arrangements.

9. Assist Program Manager in providing supervision and guidance to program by articulating expectations, displaying model behavior, maintaining open lines of communication and being clear about roles and relationships

10. Follow protocol regarding handling of behaviors and special needs; gives Program Manager & Coordinators input & feedback on effectiveness of behavior protocols.

11. Assist in implementing schedules for all areas of assigned camp programs including; facilities, special events, staff, meetings, etc.

12. Assist Program Manager & Coordinators in leading and facilitating ropes course groups

13. Respond to any critical situations that may arise with participants, staff or environment.

14. Supervise and assist in the following tasks: Supervision of participants, administering behavior protocol as directed, administering all medical protocol as directed, verbal and physical assistance, lifeguarding, and accomplishing all other tasks as directed.

15. Monitors safety of all aspects of the program and campers.

16. Communicate all pertinent issues affecting the programs to Program Manager & Coordinators (i.e. staff/client/ parent/transportation issues & concerns, etc), in a timely manner.

17. Responsible for implementing policies and procedures regarding facilities and van including but not limited to; ensuring proper paperwork is filled out prior to departing, reporting damages to Director of Operations, using backer when exiting a parking spot, etc...

18. Participate in all required trainings and certifications in compliance with the organization’s standards.

19. Create a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, volunteers and community.

20. Communicate clearly, honestly and respectfully with all staff, participants, parents and volunteers.

Company / Organization Name:

Camp Kostopulos


Full Time

Position Title:


Minimum Requirements


1. Must be 21 years of age and have a clean criminal background check.

2. Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, experience driving a 15 passenger van is preferred.

3. Knowledgeable of Cognitive & Physical Disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delays, spina bifida, etc required

4. Previous experience working with individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities required.

5. Excellent interpersonal communication skills

6. Demonstrated history of responsibility, dependability, and maturity

7. Current First Aid/CPR and lifeguard certification

8. Ability to be flexible, creative and adaptable to situations

9. Ability to consistently lift, carry and load adaptive and other sports equipment that may weigh 50 or more pounds, and sustain physical activity for 20 consecutive minutes.

10. Must be able to commit to contracted dates.

11. Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment

12. Appropriate TR coursework.

Application Deadline

Internships - Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact Name:

Kye James

Application Instructions



4180 Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Internships

The purpose of the therapeutic recreation internship is to provide the student majoring in therapeutic recreation with a practical learning experience in the development and implementation of therapeutic recreation services within McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Services at McKay-Dee Hospital, in Ogden, Utah. The therapeutic recreation internship will help prepare the student (with the required amount of educational experience) for a career in therapeutic recreation by providing a well organized, diverse, and meaningful hands-on experience. The internship will be supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, in accordance with the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification regulations. The experience of the TRS will help the student qualify to become a CTRS as regulated by NCTRC requirements. The internship will encompass the delivery of therapeutic recreation services in one or more roles according to the requirements outlined in the NCTRC job tasks and knowledge areas. It will also include a complete overview of the behavioral health units, the delivery of services in all aspects, and the opportunity for the student to develop professionalism in delivering services to a variety of patients who benefit from therapeutic recreation services. McKay Dee Behavioral Health has comprehensive, active, and diverse program structure serving a wide variety of persons with mental illness and behavioral health concerns.

Company / Organization Name:

Intermountain Health Care


Full Time

Position Title:


Minimum Requirements

Completion of cover letter and resume to TR internship supervisor.

Compliance with all Intermountain Healthcare McKay-Dee student training criteria and specific paperwork through the Education Department.

Compliance with any and all paperwork required by the college or university.

Satisfactory completion of internship interview.

Two letters of recommendation.

Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule to include any combination of days, evenings, and weekends as needed by McKay Dee Behavioral Health.

Application Deadline

July 1st for Fall

Contact Name:

Jenna Spendlove TRS, CTRS

Application Instructions

Email with cover letter, resume and two letter of recommendation.


Ogden, UT

National Ability Center Internships

Gain professional experience and knowledge with hands-on experience in all aspects of community-based therapeutic recreation with an internship at the National Ability Center! Programs include: Equestrian (EFL, Hippotherapy & Adaptive Riding), Aquatics, Archery, Camps, Rock Climbing, Nordic Skiing/Biathlon, Family & Group Programming, Water-skiing, Wakeboarding, Paddle Sports, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Military Programs, Ski & Snowboard, Sled Hockey and more! For application deadlines, internship dates and how to apply, please visit

Company / Organization Name:

National Ability Center



Position Title:

Therapeutic Recreation Intern

Minimum Requirements

Current student within a Therapeutic Recreation program or immediate graduate.

Current CPR and First Aid Certification (must be current for duration of internship).

Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment.

Working knowledge of National Ability Center policies and procedures (upon training).

Completion of a Utah State background check & valid driver’s license.

Basic computer processing skills including Microsoft Office.

Experience with people of all abilities, programming and safety needs.

Ability to give and receive feedback in a positive manner.

Commitment to all responsibilities and expectations.

Ability to help transfer people in and out equipment (lifting required).

Ability to withstand long hours in the outdoors.

Application Deadline

March 1 for Summer; June 1 for Fall; October 15 for Winter

Contact Name:

Amanda Baseler

Application Email / Phone / URL:


Park City, UT

New Haven Internships

New Haven is a residential treatment center for adolescent girls that focuses on effecting change within the family system. Students at New Haven deal with a variety of issues, including sexual trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, attachment, and eating disorders. Recreational Therapy (RT) at New Haven is an integral part of the students’ journey, and focuses on providing our students opportunities to serve, leisure education, and experiential tasks. Each student participates in RT four times a week, with each group lasting an hour and a half. In these groups, we focus heavily on processing, and drawing parallels between the students’ behaviors inside and outside of group. We also provide two adventure days a month, where we take the girls off campus for an extended leisure opportunity, including kayaking, hiking, aerial arts, dance, swimming, etc. New Haven currently employs three full-time CTRS’s. If you are looking for an internship where relationships, family systems, and processing are key, New Haven is the right place for you!

Company / Organization Name:

New Haven



Position Title:


Minimum Requirements

Monday-Friday 9-6 Every other Saturday 9-12

Application Deadline

August 1, 2018

Contact Name:

Lexi Garrett

Application Instructions

Send a resume to to schedule a time to interview.


Saratoga Springs or Spanish Fork

Pivot Adventure- Guide Internship

Pivot Adventure is an adventure based mentorship course. We help teens dance with their fears to become more confident in their selves. Guides help facilitate the outings. We are looking for someone to assist us with outings. This position will also have some creative leeway. We may want your help in building a Recreation Therapy program. Also helping with curriculum. Rec Therapy experience/education is a plus.

Minimum Requirements

  • 20 years or older. Must pass background check and drug test. Preferably looking for someone who can comfortably lead 5.9 outside and set anchors.

Application Instructions

Send us an email @ Tell us about your recent projects, recent failures, proudest moments, current books you are reading, what you have learned that you want to pass on. Deadline is 5/14/21.


Salt Lake City, UT

Recovery Ways Internships

We have organized our internship so as to provide a variety of learning opportunities with clients, coworkers and other professionals. Your internship experience will include exposure to all areas of the NCTRC Job Analysis, introduction to our RT services, involvement in our program and an introduction to a variety of diagnoses. We will also involve you in professional opportunities and affiliations that can assist you in future networking. At Recovery Ways, you will be exposed to the day-to-day realities of the treatment of adults (18+) with drug and/or alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders. You will be required to attend weekly team meetings, treatment team meetings, daily recreation therapy groups, leisure education, service, experiential groups, and family programming.

Company / Organization Name:

Recovery Ways



Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

Completion of university recreation therapy classes

Completed internship application

Ability to work full time (including some Saturdays)

Application Deadline


Contact Name:

Emily Washburn

Application Email / Phone / URL:


Murray, Utah

Salt Lake County Youth Services Internships

Ready to dive into a resilience theory based recreation therapy program? Interested in serving youth ages 0-18 who have experienced abuse and/or neglect or who are working with other risk factors in their lives in both emergency shelter and outpatient settings? Excited to contribute to a vibrant program that's always growing? This is the place for you.

For over 40 years, Youth Services has been serving youth and their families in the Greater Salt Lake area.

Our humble beginning included a few offices for our free counseling services and a small home as our shelter for abused and neglected youth. Over the years we have expanded to include shelter care for youth from birth to age 18, counseling, substance abuse and mental health services, afterschool programming, job training skills, around the clock availability and crisis therapy and extended services for young adult’s ages 18-22.


To provide children, youth and families in crisis with immediate safety, shelter and support.

Though we have grown, our overall goal has remained the same: to improve the lives of youth and their families. Whether a youth is with us one day, a month or more, our goal is to make an impact in their life.


Our wide range of services extend throughout the valley and include our office in West Jordan which is a Juvenile Receiving Center and offers substance abuse day treatment, and our Afterschool Programs in Kearns, Magna, West Valley City, and Millcreek.

  • Juvenile Receiving Center

  • The Crisis Care Program

  • The Shelter Care Program

  • The Prism GSA Club

  • The Milestone Transitional Living Program

  • The Prevention Program

  • Substance Abuse Treatment

  • Afterschool Program

  • Counseling Services

Find more information at

The first step toward an internship at Youth Services is to complete the internship application and return it with your cover letter, resume and two letters of reference. Please send these items to my email:

After reviewing your information, I will contact you and discuss the status of your application.

If you have further questions concerning the internship process or questions about our agency I can be contacted at 385-468-4449.

Southern Utah Veterans Home Internships

At the Southern Utah Veterans Home we strive to provide meaningful and evidence based interventions for the veterans of Southern Utah. As an intern, not only will you get to be a part of a great Recreation Therapy team, you will learn about the APIE process through a hands on approach. You will be expected to plan and facilitate groups, complete assessments, participate in clinical supervision under a CTRS and work as a part of the interdisciplinary team. At the Southern Utah Veterans Home you will not be "just an intern". You will be an integral part of a team whose goal is to provide Recreation Therapy services to improve the well-being of our nation's finest. Internship is full-time and unpaid.

Company / Organization Name:

Southern Utah Veterans Home


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

Candidate must be eligible through their university’s Recreation Therapy department and meet NCTRC minimum requirements for an internship. No experience in long-term care needed.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Contact Name:

Lorielle Record

Application Instructions

Email Lorielle Record - for application instructions.


Ivins Utah

St. Mark's Hospital Behavioral Health Unit Internships

Intern will work with CTRS's in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to become proficient at the APIE process. Learn more about the hospital at

Minimum Requirements

  • NCTRC required course work

Company / Organization Name:

St. Mark's Hospital Behavioral Health Unit



Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Student Intern

Application Email / Phone / URL:

Please email resumes to and Upon review we will set up an interview. If extended the internship, intern will begin the hospital screening process.


3900 S 1200 E, Salt Lake City, Utah

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (Formerly known as UNI) Internships

Experience your large internship at one of Utah’s premiere research hospitals. As part of a world-renowned academic health system (University of Utah Health), Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) provides comprehensive mental health services and psychiatric care. HMHI offers large internships each semester for students seeking national certification in Therapeutic Recreation. HMHI is an acute inpatient and day treatment hospital containing 120 beds and 11 units. The diverse patient population at HMHI consists of individuals ranging from early childhood to geriatric who are a danger to themselves or others and are unable to maintain safety in a less restrictive environment. Common problem areas include anger, depression, self-harm, psychosis, detox, and autism. The multidisciplinary team consists of highly-qualified doctors, therapists, nursing staff, social workers and expressive therapists. The Expressive Therapy department is responsible for leading 185 groups each week across the hospital.

As a member of the Expressive Therapy department, the Recreation Therapy intern will:

  • Prepare for NCTRC certification through assignments and projects.

  • Observe and facilitate groups across all units.

  • Learn to coordinate care with art therapists, music therapists as well as the multidisciplinary treatment team.

  • Apply the Therapeutic Recreation process through assessments, group notes, treatment plan reviews and discharge notes.

  • Learn and assist with challenge (ropes) course initiatives.

This is an unpaid, full time internship. To arrange a tour and begin the application process, contact Jaimie Cogswell MTRS, CTRS.

Company / Organization Name:

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (Formerly known as UNI)



Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Application Email / Phone / URL:


Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Department of Corrections Internships

Under the supervision and guidance of a seasoned CTRS, students will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of Recreation Therapy at Utah Department of Corrections Forensic mental health facility. Students become part of the multidisciplinary treatment team, develop programming, complete assessments, gain experience with an electronic patient medical record, facilitate groups and gain valuable experience in a mental heath setting. Interns will be prepared to be entry-level practitioners at the completion of the 14 week experience.

Company / Organization Name:

Utah Department of Corrections


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

*Completed educational requirements which meet NCTRC standards for certification.

*Must pass background check.

*Be willing to complete 14 consecutive weeks of training.

Contact Name:

Katie Atencio TRS, CTRS

Application Instructions

Email cover letter and resume at


Draper, Utah

Utah State Hospital Internships

Interns are matched with a licensed and NCTRC certified Supervisor. They will receive orientation and training throughout their internship. A stipend of $840.00 will be paid at the conclusion of a successful internship. Interns will be mentored by their supervisor and other RT professionals adhering to the NCTRC guidelines and job analysis. Interns are included in Clinical meetings and play a role on the treatment team. Opportunities for clinical rotations on other patient units is expected to broaden the learning experience regarding patient ages and with a variety of mental illnesses, age ranges from children through adults. It's expected the intern will have finished their class work and completing their education with this internship. We prepare our interns for the RT profession.

Company / Organization Name:

Utah State Hospital


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

Candidate must be eligible through their university's Recreation Therapy department. Advisors will need to recommend them for this internship. This is a highly sought after intern placement, so early commitment to work and follow through is expected.

Internships are offered year round, but there is a cap of 5 interns per semester. We are looking for highly motivated, energized, creative, independent, and career oriented individuals who can work within a team of clinical professionals from psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, RT and OT staff. You will learn from the best!

Application Deadline

2-3 months prior to the semester

Contact Name:

Julie Varoz, MPA, TRS, CTRS

Application Instructions

Contact Julie Varoz, the Recreation Therapy Director for an application packet to be emailed to you., 801-344-4447


Utah State Hospital 1300 E. Center Street, Provo, Utah

VA Salt Lake City Internships

Our mission is “to serve the veteran who served us”. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) is committed to providing our patients with the highest Quality of Care in an environment that is safe.

Internships with Recreation therapy Services at the VASLCHCS offer students opportunities to work with one of four recreation therapist working with the following Veteran populations: homelessness, in-patient mental health, physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R), and substance abuse.

Contact us for more details if you are interested in working with Veterans within the recreation therapy department at the VASLCHCS. This is an unpaid internship.

Company / Organization Name:

Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

-Must be 21 years or older

-Pass background check

-Completed all required recreation therapy courses

-Focused, reliable, flexible, and strong self-motivated individual preferred

Application Deadline

Varies by semester–year round internships available

Contact Name:

Kristen MacGilvery

Application Instructions

Contact Kristen MacGilvery for application.

801-582-1565; ext. 1805


Salt Lake City

Youth Care Internships

Our residential treatment programs include an extensive recreation therapy program designed to help students have successful experiences through physical, cultural and social accomplishments. While at Youth Care in Utah, students learn to use their community as a resource. Students build self-esteem as they try new activities in our programs such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or indoor climbing. Recreation therapy programs provide students with the opportunity to learn problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and trust.

Our recreation program also includes service-based activities each week. During these times, students can be seen serving food to the homeless or filling shelves at the food bank. Such community service programs help students develop empathy for and an understanding of others. Additionally, while participating in recreation programs, students work on appropriate social skills, communications skills, coping skills and interpersonal skills as well as develop new talents. In our recreation program, students participate in structured recreation therapy as well as outdoor adventures and cultural experiences.

Our proximity to many and varied sites of historic, recreational and ecological significance, as well as Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and many performing art theaters allow a broad and interesting therapeutic environment. The Recreation Therapy program at Youth Care is overseen by nationally certified and state licensed recreation therapists.

The goal of all recreation therapy programming at Youth Care is to increase a student’s ability to regulate their emotions and their distress tolerance skills. Interventions focus on these core skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and teach skills in an experiential setting. This allows students to not only receive an understanding of the skill, but to actually gain hands-on experience using the skill.

If interested, please visit out internship site,, to apply.

Company / Organization Name:

Youth Care



Position Title:


Minimum Requirements

Pass a drug screen and background check

Be a senior in an accredited recreation therapy program

Complete necessary paperwork

Application Deadline


Contact Name:

Nicole Hasson TRS, CTRS or Natalie Montoya MTRS, CTRS

Application Instructions

If interested, please visit out internship site,, to apply or contact Nicole Hasson TRS, CTRS at or Natalie Montoya MTRS, CTRS at


Draper, Utah

Behavioral Health Center Internships

Take note this internship is located in Idaho Falls, ID.

Recreation Therapy Internship at the Behavioral Health Center. 14 weeks/560 hours. Full-time, unpaid experience. Work with adults and adolescents in acute and residential mental health. Apply skills learned in university coursework. Develop competence in all job tasks of a Recreation Therapist. Experience the therapeutic recreation process. Become a practicing member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.

Company / Organization Name:

Behavioral Health Center


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

• An Affiliation Agreement between your University and our Facility must be in place before applying for the internship. If you’re unsure if there is such an agreement in place, first contact your internship supervisor. If there are further concerns, please call us.

• Meet the academic path requirements outlined in NCTRC prior to starting the internship. See, Information for New Applicants.

Application Deadline


Contact Name:

Kristen Sargis

Application Instructions

Go to to get the application. Please be sure to submit all parts of the application. You will not be considered for an internship until we receive every part of the application. You may send separate sections as you complete them or send the entire application all at once, it’s up to you. Please use a .pdf format when emailing. Ensure all documents are legible look professional. You may need to follow up with individuals who are writing letters of recommendation for you – waiting for these letters has held up applications in the past.

1. Cover letter, including:

a. Preferred start date – which internship are you applying for?

b. Which university are you attending?

c. What is your field of study?

d. What is your anticipated graduation date?

e. Who is your internship supervisor? Include their contact information.

f. How did you hear about the internship?

g. Why are you interested in an internship in the field of mental health?

h. Anything else you think we need to know about you

2. Current resume:

a. Contact info, including current mailing address

b. Work or volunteer experience – describe duties, population served

c. Field work (internship) experiences – describe duties, population served

3. Essay Questions (see online). Please respond to all 12 items.

4. Two letters of recommendation (both professional). Please have the professional send signed letters to the BHC or email letters directly to the BHC.

5. Official transcripts to verify the completed coursework.

6. Provide a class schedule or some other indication of classes you are currently enrolled in that include required coursework.

7. A copy of your university’s Internship Course Description including the following:

a. evaluation forms required by school program

b. list of special assignments or project requirements as outlined by your school

8. Any additional forms required by the university in order to approve the internship site.


Idaho Falls, Idaho

City of Lakewood Internships

Take note this internship is located in Lakewood, Colorado.

The City of Lakewood’s Therapeutic Recreation Department offers an internship experience focused on community-based Therapeutic Recreation services. The intern will assist in providing goal-oriented leisure programs for individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 6 through adult, including but not limited to athletic opportunities, specialty classes, social engagements, community outings, and a summer day-camp. This internship experience will address all NCTRC Job Task Analysis areas through various areas of programming and prepare interns for both the NCTRC Certification Exam as well as entry-level Therapeutic Recreation positions.

Company / Organization Name:

City of Lakewood - Camp Paha



Position Title:

Therapeutic Recreation Intern

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must: Current senior undergraduate or graduate student in the process of obtaining a degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adaptive Phy-Ed, or related field and working to complete NCTRC requirements.

Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in Therapeutic Recreation coursework.

Application Deadline

December 15-January 15

Contact Name:

Shelby Nellis

Application Instructions

To apply for a TR Internship, please visit and search for “Therapeutic Recreation Intern” and then click ‘Apply.’ The application process consists of a general application and supplemental questions and will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be screened and reviewed for eligibility. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. Please note that applicants must pass a background check prior to being offered a position with the City of Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation program. Summer Interns will be required to complete and pass additional paperwork as mandated by the State of Colorado for Child Care Licensing.

Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Department at or 303-987-4867 for more information.


Lakewood, CO

Wyoming State Hospital Internships

Take note this internship is located in Evanston, Wyoming.

Under the supervision and guidance of a seasoned CTRS, students will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of Recreation Therapy at Wyoming’s only state psychiatric facility. Students become part of the multidisciplinary treatment team, develop programming, complete assessments, gain experience with an electronic patient medical record, facilitate groups and gain valuable experience in a mental heath setting, with a wide variety of clientele. Interns will be prepared to be entry-level practitioners at the completion of the 15 week experience.

Company / Organization Name:

Wyoming State Hospital, Evanston, WY


Full Time

Position Title:

Recreation Therapy Intern

Minimum Requirements

*Completed educational requirements which meet NCTRC standards for certification.

*Must pass background check and drug screening.

*Be willing to complete 15 consecutive weeks of training.

Application Deadline


Contact Name:

Kathy Argyle, CTRS

Application Instructions

Email resume and cover letter which identifies an approximate start date, your interest in RT & mental health and any skills/interests/talents that may be useful or helpful to


Evanston, WY

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