Recreation Therapist - Rehabilitation & Supportive Care Services

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Req ID: 110242
Location: Central Zone, Halifax Infirmary Robie Street Entrance - QEII, Dartmouth General Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: OPCZ DGH & TA's Recreation Therapy
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT   (80% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare NSGEU 

Posting Closing Date: 6-May-21

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Recreation Therapist is a member of the collaborative health care team, providing support to patients, families and inter-professional team members through therapeutic intervention to support holistic functioning of patients. The recreation therapist provides assessment, intervention plan development, evidence-informed interventions and evaluation of recreation therapy services. Interventions are provided to groups or individuals in an inpatient, outpatient or community setting, related to the patient's leisure needs and overall plan of care. The recreation therapist is responsible to oversee the delivery of the overall recreation therapy service for a program or team. Where the role requires a recreation therapist designation, the provider works within the standards and competencies of a recreation therapist.


* Bachelor of Recreation specializing (Major) in Therapeutic Recreation

* Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

* Knowledge and application of organizational Therapeutic Recreation assessments and processes.

* Comprehensive Program Planning – organizing service delivery.

* Risk management strategies and application for the population and service.

* Diagnosis-specific procedures.

* Responsive Behavior plan development

* Understand roles of the recreation associate and therapeutic assistant

* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.

Hours of Work

* Permanent, Part-time position; 60 hours bi-weekly

Salary Information

$31.1974 - $39.3951 hourly


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - NSGEU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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