Recreation Therapist-Montana
Billings, MT Adult Services
Job Type
 Recreation Therapist (Montana)
**This position is based in one of the following cities in Montana: Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, Anaconda, Butte**
Wage: $45,000-$55,000
Competitive Benefits Package
Are you looking for more than a job?

Are you the healthcare champion we’ve been looking for?

AWARE is looking for the right person to join the Therapeutic Recreation Program as Recreation Therapist.

If you embrace new ideas with a heart full of energy, we invite you to join a caring, compassionate, and fully engaged team that isn’t afraid to get vulnerable with one another. We have gritty, but respectful conversations that drive the needle forward on what it means to provide the highest quality of care for our clients. At AWARE, our strength lies in our culture of care. AWARE’s Unconditional Care Principles inspire the services we provide to each person who comes to us for care and these principles lead how we treat ourselves and our clients; with hope, compassion and focus on the next right step. When you join the AWARE team, you will become part of an organization that has a rich history (over 45 years!) helping Montanans with mental health and/or developmental disabilities.

AWARE strives to provide the highest quality of care, every single day. When you join the AWARE team, you will be joining a team that believes that building on strengths is the key to success, that prides itself in taking on and sticking with the hardest challenges, believes we are agents of change, that everything is normal until proven otherwise, and that families are our most important resource. Working for our organization means that regardless of your role, we’ll support you so you can support others. AWARE seeks to provide opportunities for employees to grow professionally through its tuition advancement program, professional development opportunities and in-house trainings.


Under the supervision of the Therapeutic Recreation Program Director, AWARE’s Recreational Therapist (RT) is responsible to respond to assigned TRP intake referrals. RT will meet with client to provide therapeutic recreation assessment to identify strengths, personal goals, aspirations and capacities to further independence in lifestyle as well as to support the client toward heightened health and well-being. 

Through conversations with client and their identified circle of support, RT will design a care plan with measurable objectives and interventions to support client goals. RT will consult and work collaboratively with the treatment team to support overall direction of treatment including taking part in team meetings and trainings. 

Implementation of TR plan of care will utilize client preferred experiences and interventions that are experiential / recreative in nature. Purposeful interventions may include leisure education and planning, social and relationship skill building, community integration, fitness, health and wellness and independent living skills. Services may be offered in the home, AWARE facility or in the community. 

RT will be responsible to design protocols for interventions and offer services that may include individual sessions or groups. Provide timely documentation in the designated EHR on client progress or challenges toward achievement of identified treatment objectives. Engage in ongoing evaluation of services to ensure efficiency and quality of services offered. Upon transition or upcoming discharge, RT will work with the team to provide planning and recommendations for success. 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Ability to work remotely in assigned location / region
  • Ability to travel via personal vehicle or AWARE vehicle to designated cities / regions to meet with clients and provide services.
  • Experience in assessment and observational skills
  • Experience planning and implementing TR interventions to assist clients in increasing independence in lifestyle
  • Experience researching and applying evidence-based practices in TR
  • Design TR protocols, session plans and processes 
  • Implements interventions that are sensitive to the client age, cultural background, stage of development, limitations of disabling conditions, skill and experience level. 
  • Document and evaluate services for efficiency and quality 

AWARE empowers its employees to operate under the auspices of AWARE’s Unconditional Care Principles.


 Required Skills, Abilities & Education:


  • Applicant will have a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation which meets the standards of NCTRC. 
  • Completion of a NCTRC approved internship.
  •  Must be able to obtain national certification of CTRS within one year of hire.
  • CTRS certification at hire strongly preferred. 
  • Must hold or be able to obtain a current MT driver’s license. 

To learn more please visit proudly offers an excellent benefits package, uniquely designed to support you and your family in staying well, professional growth, and achieving financial security. AWARE’s benefits include:

  • Annual raises
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental/Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Life Insurance
  • Wellness programs
  • Generous paid time off

AWARE is proud to be an equal opportunity employee