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Employment Opportunities


Substitute/per diem staff maintain a presence at our therapeutic home in Rutland; provide general support to clients; supervise meals and chores; provide transportation when appropriate; administer medications; support daily living skills; communicate client and household needs to other staff; and engage clients in casual conversation and activities.  Substitute staff are called when needed and may accept or decline according to their availability and interest. Shifts available include weekdays, evenings, weekends, and (asleep) overnights.

Along with fulfilling the above responsibilities, candidates must desire to work in a therapeutic environment and be excited to have casual/informal contact with clients throughout their shift.  Previous experience in some type of caregiving or therapeutic environment is required.  Orientation and training is provided. Good interpersonal, communication, teamwork, and empathy skills are essential.  Send resume to



Spring Lake Ranch is a therapeutic community for adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders, whom we call residents. The heart of the community experience is people sharing their lives, struggles, achievements, hopes and dreams with each other in authentic, non-judgmental, and deeply respectful ways. House Advisors live and work alongside residents, leading the wide variety of tasks that keep the Ranch running through every season of the year: care of the farm animals, working in the garden, bringing in hay, shoveling snow, chopping wood, pressing apple cider, cutting ice from the lake, building furniture, producing maple syrup, clearing trails, and helping with the ongoing tasks of cooking, cleaning, sewing, and repairing. They plan and participate in a variety of fun activities and trips which continually enrich our community life. House Advisors serve as mentors to residents in their recovery of esteem, direction, and well-being.

Join us to gain experience in outdoor work, support the strengths and resiliency of others, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and see yourself grow and develop in a supportive vibrant community. Join us in the beautiful Green Mountains, work hard and learn much. Be part of a dynamic therapeutic community by living and working at Spring Lake Ranch!

Benefits include $309/week pay, private accommodation within a Ranch residence, all meals, health and dental insurance, two weeks\' paid vacation and sick time in the first year, educational opportunities, and use of all Ranch facilities, including laundry, linen service, woodshop, auto shop, pottery studio, computers, and lake front with private dock and canoes. House Advisors make an initial commitment of six months to one year and many apply to stay longer.

To begin the application process, email a resume to Human Resources: A 48-hour visit to the Ranch is required, usually preceded by a phone interview. The Ranch offers a rolling application and visit/interview process, and often hires months in advance for future openings.