Horticultural Therapist

Horticultural Therapist/ Rehabilitation-Vocational Specialist: Therapeutic Horticulture Program for Adults Currently Incarcerated and Diagnosed with Mental Illness

Location: The Horticultural Society of New York, GreenHouse Program on Rikers Island Correctional Facility

Post Date: September 13, 2018

The full-time Horticultural Therapist/ Rehabilitation-Vocational Specialist will work in a brand new program with adult women or men age 19 and up who are currently incarcerated and are diagnosed with mental illness. The programs take place on weekends as well as in sessions during the week. The GreenHouse curriculum combines horticultural therapy, classroom instruction in botany, horticulture and landscape design, and year round hands-on vocational training. The applicant will work in a team with the program director, program manager, horticultural therapists, environmental educators, social workers, community based re-entry organizations, interns, volunteers, Department of Correction staff, and the position includes:
• Planning, preparing and conducting horticultural therapy sessions and vocational/academic as well as life-skills workshops in accordance with the program curriculum
• Weekly and monthly reporting of relevant data to The Hort and the Department of Correction (DOC)
• Obtaining and collecting student data and evaluations; directing and overseeing support staff tasked with organizing, interpreting and filing data
• Program related administrative responsibilities such as billing, filing etc.
• Writing of new and updating of existing lesson materials
• Participation with training and supervising of interns/volunteers
• Participation with planning and hosting visits by funders, student groups etc.
• Participation with shopping for program, such as plants, workshop materials, books, tools etc.
• Participation with preparing and giving presentations about program at conferences or to funders

Must be a registered horticultural therapist (HTR) or hold certificate in horticultural or eco-therapy. Alternatively, applicants must have applicable gardening knowledge and interest combined with extensive experience working with youth at risk/ individuals with mental illness or history of substance use/individuals who are incarcerated, or with teaching in nature-related fields for youth at risk/individuals with mental illness or history of substance use/individuals who are incarcerated. In addition to having an open mind and a non-judgmental attitude towards people from all routes of life, the ability to understand and accept the implications of providing services in jail is crucial. The applicant must have demonstrated experience with administrative tasks, data entry and evaluation, and be able to work independently with the highest level of professionalism. Drivers’ license and Spanish are a plus.

Application instructions:
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to info@thehort.org with “Horticultural Therapist/ Vocational-Rehabilitation Specialist” in the subject header. Please include salary requirements and two references.

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