Recreation Therapist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Cheyenne, WY

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Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans


The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are








espect and


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America's Veterans need you!

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You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Employee will be assigned to the VA Medical Center, Cheyenne, WY, with responsibility for developing, organizing and administering Recreation Therapy Programs to provide therapeutic treatment to patients in the Old Glory Community Living Center nursing home. Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:


Assembles pre-evaluation data; interprets medical record information; reviews therapy prescriptions; conducts mental and physical evaluations of patients in order to develop and implement a treatment plan; and develops therapeutic programs for various types of disabilities (i.e., psychiatric, dementia, neuro-muscular disorders, orthopedic conditions, amputees, spinal cord injury, etc.).


Employs therapeutic objectives, which are complex because of the severe and multiple disabilities regularly encountered.


Interprets and administers physician's recreation therapy prescriptions; schedules patients for treatment; and integrates Recreation/Creative Art Therapy activities with other treatment in order to achieve the goals established for the patient.


Administers therapeutic recreation activities that strengthen debilitated muscles resulting from advanced age, prolonged bed rest, amputation, stroke, fractures, wound care, and joint replacement.


Coordinates the overall treatment plan with the treatment team and patient's family/caregiver to provide a program which focuses on treatment goals.


Functions as a core team member of a clinical multidisciplinary team for the purpose of providing total health care delivery to the client.


Coordinates the scheduling of interdisciplinary treatment outings.


Prepares and submits initial assessments and progress notes into the hospital computer system; and prepares and submits discharge notes that cover the entire course of treatment.


Selects, adapts, and/or adjusts recreation modalities in accordance with rehabilitation goals.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is recommended

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; evenings and weekends may be required.



: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. The English Language proficiency statement appears as a question on the Assessment Questionnaire.


All applicants must first meet the basic education requirement: Bachelor's degree (or higher) in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama); or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration.

(TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) - Additional transcripts and/or supporting documentation to provide evidence of the therapeutic emphasis or concentration of your education where the major field of study is not readily identified as "therapeutic" MUST BE PROVIDED to meet this requirement.


  • In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also possess specialized experience and/or directly related education as described below to qualify for this position.
Applicants must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this Recreation Therapist position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy; developing treatment programs for patients with severe and multiple disabilities (i.e., psychiatric, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), neuro-muscular disorders, amputees, etc.) utilizing a variety of assessment tools that identify needs/barriers; interpreting and administering the physician's recreation therapy prescription; conducting ongoing evaluations of therapy and adjusting treatments; and establishing clinical programs that allow the patient the best opportunity to accomplish objectives/goals.

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree


master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this Recreation Therapist position.



Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience (as described above) may be used to meet total qualification requirements.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:


Ability to develop, organize, administer, and provide therapeutic treatment to patients with complex medical, physical, behavioral, and mental deficiencies.


Ability to develop and initiate clinical assessments of patients.


Ability to design, devise, and modify techniques, develop new approaches, and/or adapt recreation modalities to facilitate attainment of treatment objectives.


Ability to educate severely physical, mentally, or emotionally disabled patients

on appropriate use of leisure skills, and to improve social interaction skills.


Ability to function as a core team member of a clinical multidisciplinary team and coordinates the overall treatment plan.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: In some assignments the work involves regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged walking or standing, bending, moderately heavy lifting or moving of equipment, positioning severely disabled patients, and assisting patients in ambulation and transfers. The work requires specific, common physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at



Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this


to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference


When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "

SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

," (go to

) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to

). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this


or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 2360 E Pershing Blvd

Cheyenne, WY 82001


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the

VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

(ICTAP) and

Career Transition Assistance Plan

(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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