Rockville, MD, United States
Department of Health And Human Services
National Institutes of Health
##### Open & closing dates
07/11/2019 to 07/15/2019
##### Pay scale & grade
$69,581 to $90,461 per year
##### Appointment type
##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD
Relocation expenses reimbursed
The Recreation Therapist will assess, develop and implement
treatment plans for individual patients in an acute care medical
setting directed toward physical, psycho-social, and cognitive
rehabilitation. Recreation Therapists will work with patients with
complex medical conditions seen at the Clinical Research Center.
The ideal candidate will be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic
Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
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If selected for this position you will perform the following duties:
Performing comprehensive assessment of each patient to include
the patient's strengths and limitations; conducting analysis of
assessment data and performing clinical assessments;
Providing individual and group treatment;
Planning and carrying out a full range of treatment where
therapeutic objectives are complex and the procedures involved
require the application of highly specialized skills and
Devising or adapting equipment to carry out treatment with
severely disabled patients;
Employing different motivational techniques to obtain the
participation of the patient in his/her rehabilitation;
Creating and implementing a treatment plan based on physician
referral information, assessment and information from the
#### Job family (Series)
0638 Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist
Specialists, Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National
must be met by closing date.
Position is subject to a background investigation.
A pre-employment medical examination is required.
Position requires Education. Please include a copy of your
Physical Requirements include walking, occasional running,
bending, stretching, crawling, lifting, pushing, carrying and
Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within
thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the
This position requires weekend hours, rotational shifts, holiday
For this position, you must demonstrate that you have:A bachelor's
or higher degree in therapeutic recreation, art therapy, drama
therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy.
A bachelor's or higher degree in a related field involving
therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36
hours in therapeutic courses as follows: 18 semester hours of
therapeutic recreation courses; and 18 semester hours that included
a combination of abnormal psychology, human anatomy and development,
disabilities, and general recreation.
You must demonstrate 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to
at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either
the private or public sector, performing the following types of
tasks: performing individual recreation therapy clinical
assessments of a patient's functional abilities related to
cognitive, physical, social, emotional, educational, and behavioral
domains; planning and providing recreation therapy to patients in
accordance with the Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate, and Document
(APIED) process; evaluating patients progress with recreation
therapy; collaborating with other therapists to identify alternative
treatment options; providing counseling to and education for
patients and their families; and providing individual and group
Completed 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education
leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in
a related field.
Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or
occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into
your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your
qualifications for this position.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:
This position has an education requirement. You are strongly
encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your
courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades).
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package.
Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to
receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
not have in electronic form, view the following link for information
regarding an Alternate Application.
This position is designated as an emergency essential position and
the selected candidate will be considered an emergency essential
employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and
able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement
weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations,
non-emergency and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day
and 365 days per year coverage.
A one-year probationary period may be required upon
If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of
this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply
online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.
This position requires weekend hours, rotational shifts, holiday
This position requires daily physical exertion in handling the
materials and equipment of the various therapeutic recreation
activities and services. This includes walking, and occasional
running, bending, stretching, crawling, lifting, pushing,
carrying and reaching - any of which 'might be done in
physically stressful or emotionally demanding situations.
The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require
special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts,
carts, or machines; exposure to contagious diseases or irritant
We may make additional selections for similar positions within
the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this
vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your
application shared with any interested selecting official(s).
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
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against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Because your
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documentation you submit, please make sure that your self-ratings
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Drug test required
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Your resume must thoroughly describe how your skills and experiences
align to the criteria defined in the Qualifications section of
this announcement and it must support your responses to the
assessment questionnaire. We cannot assume you have performed the
necessary experience required for this position regardless of your
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than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with
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medical professional certified by a state, the District of
Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed
vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private);
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the documentation specified in the Required Documents section.
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