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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 are entitled to 12 weeks of partially paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child;  Spring Lake Ranch pays at 60% of their current salary for six weeks; insurance pays at 60% of their current salary for the second six weeks.

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

Administrative Assistant

Position Title: Administrative Assistant
Job Classification: Full Time; hourly/non-exempt
Reports to: Director of Operations and Admissions
Hourly Rate: $20

Position Summary: The Administrative Assistant assists with the day-to-day operations by providing friendly, respectful, and professional assistance to residents, families, visitors, and staff. This position communicates and coordinates with departments across the organization and provides support to ensure operations run smoothly and efficiently.


External Coordination:

  • Greets and registers families, visitors, and vendors and assists them in connecting with appropriate person(s).
  • Coordinates the sale of ranch made products.
  • Coordinates resident appointments in close collaboration with Nurse and Resident Care staff.
  • Event assistance

IT and Communication Support:

  • Answers telephones from 8am-4pm.
  • Undertakes copying, various internal communication updates, and organizational projects as needs arise or as requested.
  • Assists with communication between Work Program and Main House staff using radio.
  • Receives, sorts, and distributes mail and packages daily.
  • Oversees Copy Room including photocopier, fax machine, paper shredder.

Administrative Support:

  • Supervision of driver which includes maintaining daily and weekly schedule.
  • Communicates and coordinates with the Driver to facilitate trips for residents to town, pharmacy pick-ups, errands, etc.
  • Maintains an overview of daily schedule and online calendar.
  • Daily posting of residents that are off hill.
  • Central receiving of daily sweep.
  • Uses Electronic Health Record system for uploading and monthly audit reporting out to various departments.
  • Assists Admissions department with e-filing new resident paperwork
  • Assists TWP clinical staff with resident needs such as insurance changes, claims, etc. as requested.
  • Acts as Board of Trustees Clerk and attends quarterly Board Meetings and other Board committees as requested.
  • Assists Senior Management with administrative needs.
  • Uses online payroll and HR system to access employee information including birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Updates resident team’s list weekly.
  • Ensures databases are regularly updated and supports in organizing SharePoint folders.
  • Maintains office supplies.


  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to the SLR Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Represent Spring Lake Ranch professionally and positively to others including: families, doctors, therapists, vendors, other providers, employers, volunteer contacts, friends, interns, volunteers, visitors, candidates, the general public, etc.
  • Maintain respectful, therapeutic, and supportive relationships with Spring Lake Ranch residents and clients 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.


  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Previous experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery is strongly preferred.
  • Position will entail physical work consisting of moderate (40 lbs.) lifting, carrying, etc.  This position consists of a combination of sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Proven proficient ability to use independent judgment, problem solving skills, organizational ability, interpersonal/mentoring skills, public speaking, and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to dependability, flexibility, and confidentiality.
  • Strong computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Office equipment troubleshooting skills.
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to accept supervision, guidance, and feedback.
  • Driver’s License and good driving record.

Therapeutic Work Program Social Worker

Position Title: Therapeutic Work Program Social Worker
Job Classification: Full-time; exempt position
Location: Cuttingsville, VT
Reports to: Therapeutic Work Program Director
Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000

Position Summary: This position is hands-on and integrated into the Therapeutic Work Program (TWP) model of Spring Lake Ranch to support residents seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues through their participation in the work program and therapeutic community. The TWP Social Worker works on TWP crews and facilitates and fosters situations that can result in learning opportunities for residents within the TWP and milieu. This role serves as a role model for junior staff on how to guide residents in their healing journey using what they know about the path to assure continued growth and sufficient tools for lifelong success.


  • Works side by side with residents and other staff on work crew acting the role of facilitator/guide, counselor, community member.
  • Assist residents in developing and implementing a person-centered treatment plan as part of a team which includes individual residents, clinicians, family members, other Spring Lake Ranch staff members, and representatives from community organizations. This includes creating and maintaining organized records of meetings and outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively with the TWP Crew Manager and Assistant to support residents in their goals and treatment plans.
  • Provide clinical oversight (biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, individual and group therapy, discharge planning) and adhere to all governing policies and procedures and timeframes relating to associated documentation.
  • Is a member of the crisis response team during evenings and weekends and is part of the related on-call rotation. Provides interventions, crisis/risk screenings and coordinates with RRMC Crisis to assess criteria for in-patient psychiatric admission when necessary.
  • Meets with families for initial family visits and functions as primary liaison for all resident family contact.
  • Provides person-centered approach to treatment plan both formally and informally depending on resident’s needs.
  • Support and mentor residents in the development of daily living skills to include planning for leisure time, building money management, health, nutrition, exercise, safety, work habits, and social skills. Assist resident in the development of work, school, or volunteer positions in accordance with treatment plans.
  • Provide SLR staff with guidance and resources on how to best serve residents.
  • Collaborate with med room and consulting Psychiatrist regarding any medication issues that arise when working with a resident.
  • Facilitate psycho-educational group(s) and lead therapeutic or recreational programs.
  • Provide transportation for residents when necessary.
  • Attend staff, doctor, and other meetings.
  • Assist in provision of coordination of care coverage for Independent Apartment Living clients when IAL case manager is absent.


  • Communicate and meet regularly with the TWP Director to ensure efficient, professional, and effective delivery of coordination of care services to Spring Lake Ranch residents.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other members of the treatment team, and other Spring Lake Ranch staff in a proactive and respectful manner.
  • Coordinate responsibilities and coverage with the treatment team, and other SLR staff when absent from work.
  • Complete required documentation and keep resident files up to date for residents on caseload.
  • Routinely complete assessment of progress (DLA-20) in service of quality assurance and outcomes.
  • Complete incident reports within 24 hours for resident injuries, thefts, property damage, physical or sexual assault, major physical plant issues, elopements/AMA discharges, self-injury/suicide attempt, relapse, death, fire, and abuse/neglect/exploitation reports.
  • Complete special projects as requested.


  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field.
  • Experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience of Windows OS and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Driver’s License and good driving record.


  • Desire to work outside year-round, in all weather conditions modelling a positive mental attitude and resiliency.
  • Ability to use independent judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong belief and connection to the community model and ability to collaborate with all members of the community.
  • Effective organization skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and remain flexible in a dynamic community setting.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback and ongoing commitment to personal growth and improvement.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Classification: Full time; temporary; hourly/non-exempt position
Reports to: Assistant Program Manager

Hourly Rate: $13.58. Many benefits included.

Program Coordinators serve as mentors to help residents of Spring Lake Ranch in their recovery of esteem, direction, and well-being. Program Coordinators participate in the Spring Lake Ranch community, working and playing alongside residents on crew, in housing, and in recreational activities. Program Coordinators help residents through daily frustrations, and model a healthy, stable lifestyle.

Program Coordinators are encouraged to live, at no additional cost, in a room in a resident house here at Spring Lake Ranch. 3 meals a day and all utilities are included.

On crew, PCs can expect to:

  • Work on Farm: Caring for the farm animals, moving fencing, making things out of animal fibers, haying in the summer
  • Work on Gardens: Working in the garden, cooking and baking in the People’s Kitchen making food for the community, sewing, repairing, and creating in the sewing room
  • Work on Woods: Chopping wood, pressing apple cider, doing wood hauls, helping with ranch landscaping, clearing trails, maple sugaring
  • Work on Shop: Building furniture, doing space renovations, some mechanics.

Program Coordinators also plan and participate in a variety of fun recreational activities and trips. During scheduled shifts on weekends and in evenings they are responsible for:

  • Running fun activities throughout the day
  • Doing dishes with residents after meals
  • Driving residents to work, appointments, and elsewhere as needed
  • Participating in writing weekend notes
  • Med room duties as assigned

In housing they are responsible for:

  • Running at least one house program for the residents living in their area each month
  • Running weekly house meetings
  • Doing weekly room checks for each resident in their area
  • Being on call some evenings

Program Coordinators are always expected to:

  • Work with Spring Lake Ranch residents, be there for them
  • Provide necessary information to clinicians
  • Engage in the community whenever possible

Benefits include:

  • Fully covered healthcare provided by the Ranch
  • Paid time off
  • Free housing and all meals
  • Use of all our facilities and equipment, including but not limited to: our pottery and art studios, gym, miles of curated trails, lake, canoes and paddle boards, cross-country skis and snowshoes, ice skates, musical instruments, etc.


Education:   Degree related to mental health


  • 6 months in a therapeutic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to create and run programming

Qualities we like:

  • Excitement to handle any situation that comes their way.
  • Experience working outdoors and in the mental health field.
  • Any experience farming, working off the land, crafting, cooking, or doing carpentry.
  • The ability to teach something – from music to tai chi.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements but feel they would be a perfect fit for the community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scheduling may include:

  • Crew 3-4 days a week
  • 1-2 weekend shifts per week
  • 1 evening per week

To apply:

  • Click here to fill out our employment application, and send this with a cover letter indicating your interest and resume to Casey at, or
  • Mail the above materials to 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738 or fax to (802) 492-3331.
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To Apply

Click here to fill out our employment application, and send this with a cover letter indicating your interest and resume to Casey 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.