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"At Spring Lake Ranch, you can see others grow, grow with them, and learn to care for others in a way never imagined. The organization prioritizes employee and resident satisfaction, and will assist any employee in reaching their goals. My experience was nothing short of life-changing and constantly educational."

Former SLR Employee

Spring Lake Ranch thrives when its community is full of dedicated, diverse, and passionate team-players committed to its mission of empowering individuals to heal and grow. We believe that recovery occurs in the context of relationships lived with compassion, acceptance, respect, authenticity, mutuality, and shared work and play.  

We are looking for people that share our values of hope, empowerment, connection to the natural environment, and community to join our team.  Pay and benefits at Spring Lake Ranch are competitive and many intangible rewards of working here include homemade meals (often sourced right from our gardens and pastures), access to the pristine Spring Lake and hiking trails right outside your door, a whole host of friendly farm animals, and a community of collegial and supportive coworkers, all nestled in 700 acres of the beautiful Green Mountains.

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Medical Coverage

Full-time employees are eligible to enroll in Spring Lake Ranch’s group health plan. The Ranch will cover up to 90% of the premium costs depending on the level of enrollment. 

Dental Coverage

Dental coverage is offered the Northeast Delta Dental at no cost to eligible employees. The dental-care services offered under this plan include no-cost preventative care. 

Retirement Plan

Employees are eligible to contribute to the retirement plan right away. After six months of employment, Spring Lake Ranch contributes 2% of an employee’s salary and matches up to 3% of an employee’s contributions. Employees are fully vested after 3 years.

Health Savings Account

Spring Lake Ranch offers a Health Savings Account (HSA) for eligible employees who enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan. 

Life Insurance

Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage equal to one times an eligible employees annual salary up to $50,000 is provided at no cost. 

Disability Benefits

The Ranch provides short term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) benefits to eligible employees at no cost. 

Paid Time Off

Vacation and Paid Time Off (PTO) starts at 15 days per year and goes up depending on position and tenure. 

Parental Leave

Employees who are birth mothers, spouses or civil union partners of birth mothers, or adoptive parents, will receive 6 weeks of paid parental leave.
Each week of paid parental leave is compensated at 100 percent of the employee’s regular, straight-time weekly pay. Paid parental leave will be paid on a biweekly basis on regular scheduled pay dates.
Paid parental leave taken under this policy will run concurrently with leave under the FMLA; any leave taken under this policy will be counted toward the 12 weeks of available FMLA leave per a 12-month period.
Spring Lake Ranch will maintain all benefits for employees during the paid parental leave period just as if they were taking any other company paid leave such as paid time off.
An employee who takes paid parental leave that does not qualify for FMLA leave will be afforded the same level of job protection for the period of time that the employee is on paid parental leave as if the employee were on FMLA-qualifying leave.

Flexible Schedule Options

Spring Lake Ranch is committed to helping employees face the demands of juggling work, family, and personal obligations by offering a number of flexible work arrangements such as flextime, a compressed workweek, and remote work options. 

Community Meals

An employee favorite! All staff are welcome to partake in our delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Current Employment Opportunities

Program Coordinator


  • Wage: $13.67/hour
  • Housing: Program Coordinators live in private rooms within client/resident houses. Market value of $6000/year.
  • Meals: Access to 3 meals/day. Market value of $12,775/year.
  • Insurance: Health, dental, and vision premiums covered 100% by Spring Lake Ranch.
  • Unlimited access to campus amenities including gym, tennis court, lake, woodshop, art studio, hiking trails etc.


Program Coordinators provide live-in support, structure, and guidance to residents through informal contact, house activities, and work crew activities to create a positive environment and comfortable home-like atmosphere. They are role models for clients/residents on developing and living a healthy, full life.


Nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont on beautiful Spring Lake, Spring Lake Ranch is a farm-based residential program for adults struggling with mental health and often co-occurring substance abuse issues. Through community, work and play, we help our residents find hope, meaning and purpose while learning how to manage their lives on a daily basis.



  • Provide live-in support, structure, and guidance to residents through informal contact and house activities to create a positive environment and comfortable sober home-like atmosphere.
  • Assume various roles such as mentor, guide, and advocate to support the recovery, well-being, and community experience for residents.
  • Assist the residents in the house with creating, shaping, and attaining their goals.
  • Develop/apply interpersonal skills on on-going basis including flexibility, empathy, patience, effective communication, careful listening, limit setting, and firm personal boundaries.
  • Assist residents with housecleaning and bedroom cleaning.
  • On-call overnight coverage in the house up to five nights a week.
  • Help with urgent emotional support and crisis intervention as needed.
  • Work evenings and drive “Friday Fun” as assigned.
  • Wash dishes when scheduled.
  • Initiate activities, games, and conversation with residents on weekends and evenings.
  • Support and collaborate with the staff person who is doing med administration by proactively finding individuals who are late for meds, including those who must be awoken.
  • Provide transportation for Work Program, recreational activities, house outings, emergencies, etc. as needed.


  • As part of an advising team for several residents in your house, support the clinician in the development and implementation of “action plans” to guide residents’ experience and attainment of recovery goals during Ranch stay.
  • Attend monthly team meetings.
  • Communicate frequently with your residents, their clinician and supervisor.


  • Foster resident sense of personal growth, meaningful contribution, and social belonging through positive work crew interactions and experience.
  • Ensure safety through worksite hazard management, proper tool/machinery technique, and following of procedures and policies.
  • Communicate with residents’ treatment teams regarding concerns observed on crew.
  • Contribute to weekly work program notes.
  • Balance individual resident needs/challenges with task productivity.
  • Encourage/teach new skills and appropriately challenge residents to develop the self-confidence that comes from accomplishing a task.
  • Assist co-workers in getting the crew together and starting work on time.
  • Clean up the work area and put tools away after each work crew.
  • Coordinate and plan with work program leaders to develop projects and work plan.


  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to the SLR Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Maintain respectful, therapeutic, and supportive relationships with Spring Lake Ranch at all times.
  • Maintain resident/client privacy by keeping personal information confidential in accordance with federal HIPAA legislation and Spring Lake Ranch policies and procedures.
  • Willing to draw upon own personal talents, interests, and passions to develop special programming for the community and develop relationship with individuals.
  • Participate in holidays and other Ranch special events throughout the year.
  • Attend weekly staff and department meetings and staff development opportunities, meeting the licensing training requirements for position.
  • Crisis intervention and assistance as needed.
  • Other duties as requested.


  • Desire to live and work in a diverse community setting.
  • Ability to establish and maintain firm personal/professional boundaries in a therapeutic community setting.
  • Previous experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery preferred.
  • Ability to participate in physical work and physical activity in all possible outdoor weather conditions, activities may include outdoor work/active games/sports and moderate lifting/carrying of up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to accept supervision, feedback, and constructive criticism.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility.
  • Respect for others, compassion, patience.
  • Willingness to learn and to try new things.
  • Good judgment, responsibility, dependability.
  • Enthusiasm, energy, initiative.
  • Limit-setting and conflict resolution skills.
  • Driver’s license and good driving record.

Human Resource Manager

POSITION TITLE: Human Resources Manager

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time; exempt/salaried position; hybrid remote work negotiable

REPORTS TO: Operations Director


Insurance: Health, Dental, Vision and Life.

Paid-time-off: 5 weeks/year
Unlimited access to campus amenities including: gym, tennis court, lake, woodshop, art studio, hiking trails etc.


Manages the Human Resources Department for a 50+ FTE not-for-profit organization. The Human Resources Manager ensures compliance with all Federal and State labor laws and compliance with governing agencies. Works alongside department supervisors in the development of job descriptions, recruitment, interviewing and the hiring of qualified candidates. Facilitates and coordinates the onboarding of new employees.  Conducts exit interviews with departing employees. Develops and implements SLR’s annual training program. The HR Manager will regularly review compensation packages and make recommendations on creative ways to stay competitive in the employment marketplace. Regularly provide guidance to assist employees in understanding current and available compensation.


In operation since 1932, SLR is a unique farm and work-based therapeutic community for adults with mental health and often co-occurring substance-use challenges. Nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, SLR is entering an exciting chapter of expansion, well supported by a committed base of loyal donors, alumni families, and dedicated, passionate staff. As a residential treatment community, staff participate in daily community life including meals, events, and holidays.


Recruitment & Retention

  • Drive and support recruitment and selection activities.
  • Work with Leadership Team and senior staff on retention strategies and strategic initiatives.
  • Coordinate and facilitate candidate interviews alongside department supervisors.
  • Lead onboarding process, coordinating communication across the departments.
  • Ensure oversight and consistency in position titles and grades across the organization.
  • Ensure regular organizational chart updates and multi-year planning with Coordination Team members.
  • Establish systems for tracking recruitments.

Performance and Employee Well-Being Initiatives

  • Proactively respond to and manage performance counselling, employee grievances and disciplinary issues as required, with a focus on building manager competency.
  • Act as an impartial mediator in disciplinary procedures and ensure it is administered in an equitable and fair manner and meets all legal and labor regulations and requirements.
  • Establish systems for tracking annual performance reviews.
  • Promote and lead well-being initiatives for employee self-care.
  • Support staff-development activities including managing RELIAS, organizing annual training plan, and associated record keeping.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Define and review salary structure in partnership with the Leadership Team and coordinate annual compensation review process and compensation adjustments.
  • Coordinate and assist Business Office in matters as they pertain to payroll, payroll changes, benefits enrollment and annual budgeting.

Human Resources Policies and Support

  • Maintain and update Staff Handbook, clearly communicating any changes across the organization.
  • Proactively pursue continuous process improvement in HR-related practices.
  • Maintain compliance with all HR requirements as they pertain to State licensing agency (DAIL) and accreditation body (CARF).


  • Serve on Health and Safety Committee and in other committees as requested.
  • Participate in holiday rotation.
  • Act as a Resident Mentor for up to two residents at a time.
  • Other duties as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or relevant experience.
  • 3+ years’ HR experience, preferably in a non-profit.
  • Knowledge of HR practices and Vermont State and Federal labor laws.
  • Ability to analyze HR data and prepare reports in Excel.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality results and simultaneously manage multiple projects at once.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule.
  • Commitment to working in a therapeutic community.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Manager of Nursing Services


Oversee and facilitate the SLR response to health care needs of the residents under the direction of and in collaboration with the Prescriber/Psychiatric Prescriber and/or other medical practitioners involved in the care of residents in the Cuttingsville location of Spring Lake Ranch. Ensure compliance with licensing requirements for nursing services for Therapeutic Community Residences.



  • Ensure compliance with the licensing/CARF accreditation requirements for nursing services for Therapeutic Community Residences.
  • Maintain resident privacy by keeping private information confidential in accordance with federal HIPAA legislation, federal confidentiality laws governing alcohol and drug information as specified in 42CFR, State of Vermont confidentiality laws, and Spring Lake Ranch policies and procedures.
  • Create and maintain nursing care plans in compliance with licensing regulations.
  • Oversight of infection control policies and procedures

Medication Administration

  • Oversee and carry out medical orders for residents given by the Prescriber/Psychiatric Prescriber and other medical practitioners.
  • Train and certify non-medical staff in medication administration.
  • Maintain coverage schedule for the med room, coordinate vacation and time off coverage.
  • Serve as liaison with pharmacy and ensure that medications are ordered and made available in a timely manner.
  • Check accuracy of pharmacy MOTs (Medicine On Time).
  • Ensure that controlled medication counts are being done as appropriate and determine the source of any errors or differences. Oversee and update EMR documentation of medications.

Resident Care

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date resident medical records.
  • Collaborate closely with Admissions, complete nursing intake assessments and medication system set-up for new residents.
  • Communicate and collaborate with families as needed.
  • Ascertain necessity and oversee arrangements for medical care of residents and clients.
  • Provide nursing assessments regarding resident and client physical fitness to participate in the Work Program.
  • Maintain close communication with a resident’s treatment team regarding resident medical status.

Med Room Management

  • Review and update Med Room Policies and Procedures document.
  • Supervision of Dietician and Med Assistant.
  • Create and maintain a professional med room environment where staff know that safety, service, compassion, competence, cleanliness and order, and other high nursing values are manifest ongoing.
  • Oversee and organize the med room for efficient use by trained non-medical staff to administer medications.
  • Provide nursing education on resident care and med room practices toward excellent safety and treatment for residents and confidence for staff.

General Nursing Services

  • Provide and coordinate routine and emergent medical care.
  • Oversee SLR communication with outside providers including lab, UA company, and others as needed.
  • Assess and analyze lab values.
  • Provide periodic wellness seminars for residents.
  • Make health/wellness related announcements to residents and staff.
  • Conduct trainings and drills per CARF requirements.
  • Attend trainings and other professional development opportunities as appropriate.
  • Provide “on-call” for nursing services.


  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to the SLR mission, vision, and core values.
  • Maintains respectful, therapeutic, and supportive relationships with Spring Lake residents at all times.
  • Demonstrates willingness to draw upon own personal talents, interests, and passions to develop special programming for the community and develop relationships with individuals.
  • Participates in holidays and other Ranch special events throughout the year.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings and staff development opportunities, meeting the licensing training requirements for position.
  • Engages in crisis intervention and assistance as needed.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as requested.


  • Licensed as an RN by the State of Vermont.
  • Psychiatric nursing experience is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work closely and respectfully with others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision/direction.
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To Apply

Click here to fill out an application for employment. Send the completed application, a cover letter indicating your interest with your resume to Jennifer at, or 

Mail the above materials to 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738 or fax to (802) 492-3331. 


Spring Lake Ranch provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, place of birth, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, health coverage status, genetic information, military or veteran status, crime victim status, HIV status, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition, or any other characteristic protected by federal and state law. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

COVID-19 Procedure Updates

Spring Lake Ranch has made the decision to require all staff and residents to be vaccinated against covid-19 for the safety of the community. When necessary, we wear masks and socially distance.

These general guidelines are subject to change based on current guidelines. Human Resources will provide the most updated COVID procedures before a prospective employee visits.

CARF Accredited: Spring Lake Ranch programs are CARF accredited. The CARF accreditation signals our commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

Spring Lake Ranch is a member of the American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA). ARTA members are dedicated to providing extraordinary care to adults with mental illness.