Aquatics Activities Assistant
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Wayne County, NC

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This position is managed by a licensed Recreation Therapist. This position interfaces and collaborates closely with professionals from OT/PT. The LRT and OT/PT professionals collaborate with RT and together determine recommendations for therapy or leisure strategies that will advance the health and well-being of the individuals who receive this service. This position, after being trained by the professional implements the treatment or leisure strategies through inclusion in appropriate activities in a warm water pool. This position implements treatment at the direction of the licensed Recreational Therapist who collaborates with other professions to maximize the persons benefit from being in an aquatic environment. This may include implementation: - of skill acquisition training, - of strategies to maintain current functioning, - of rehabilitation efforts to regain skill loss due to medical issues or accidents. This staff delivers these services in an individualized manner and treats each person with dignity, respect and provides choices and options so the individual will experiences a positive quality of life. This position is responsible for the coordination of service delivery with staff from the Group Home(GHM, HLPM). This position must ensure that the schedule for service delivery is one that is doable for the home and maximizes the use of their time. This position will also work closely with the Cluster Activity Coordinator to ensure the trips to the YMCA are on the monthly calendar and transportation is secured. This position will provide direction to HCTs who accompany the individuals to the pool. The most critical role this position fills is the delivery of hands-on individualized leisure activity or treatment services. With an aging population with increasing health related issues such as arthritis, limited ambulation, loss of functional skills, and inactivity, the ability to be in a warm water pool has great benefits. It allows the individual to be in an up- right position without having to bear but minimal weight and to move freely and independently because the warmth relaxes and lessens pain associated with movement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of basic water principles including buoyancy, resistance and hydrostatic pressure. The ability to effectively implement recommendations as directed and trained by a clinical supervisor and other collaborating professionals in an aquatic environment. Demonstrated:
  • good skills in communicating effectively with others both within and outside the agency - sufficient physical ability to transfer individuals in and out of a pool - ability to work effectively with adults with developmental disabilities - ability to function with marginal direction for a supervisor -good organizational skills
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from an associate degree program in recreational therapy or therapeutic recreation and licensed as a recreational therapy assistant as required by the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure. Special considerations any credentials or licenses required by a regulatory or accreditation agency/body shall be required in addition to the state's minimum training and experience requirements. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Management Prefers:
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and traing in aquatics therapy.
  • Ability to apply basic and modified water techniques inluding Halli wick, Bad Ragaz, and Watsu.
Supplemental and Contact Information:
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. **Pre-employment drug testing and criminal background checks are required for all positions at O’Berry Neuro Medical Treatment Center. Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference for employment with State Government must attach either Form DD-214 or discharge orders. Degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. The work experience section on the application must be completed with your full history of experience ~~ resume in lieu of work experience will not be accepted. The following question must be answered on the application in order to be considered: # 8. Have you ever been convicted of an offense against the law other than a minor traffic violation? Contact:
Angela Gurley, Recruitment Coordinator
O'Berry Neuro Medical Treatment Center
400 Old Smithfield Road
Goldsboro, NC 27530
919-581-4045

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