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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. 

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

Recreation and Wellness Assistant Manager

POSITION TITLE:  Recreation and Wellness Assistant Manager

LOCATION: Cuttingsville

REPORTS TO: Senior Program Manager

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time; salaried/exempt

SALARY RANGE: $41,000 – $45,000

POSITION SUMMARY: The Recreation and Wellness Assistant Manager works closely with residents, program staff, Case Managers, and the Senior Program Manager to develop, plan, coordinate, and review healthy and enjoyable group recreational activities to respond to the variety of resident interests. This position directly supervises staff working on evening and weekends and ensures proper coverage during these times. Typical schedule is Monday through Friday 2-10pm.



  • Provide supervision, mentoring, coaching, and performance management to evening and weekend staff and volunteers if applicable.
  • Coordinate daily, weekly, and monthly schedule to ensure proper staffing for recreational and wellness activities and duty coverage.
  • Collaborate and communicate with Case Managers and Teams about resident participation in activities and events.
  • Coordinate with the Nurse and Senior Program Manager to ensure all evening and weekend staff are med room and duty trained.
  • Formulate and implement strategies for removing barriers to resident/client participation in activities
  • Provides or assists with on-going Program Coordinator and evening/weekend staff training.
  • Practice and promote safety and appropriate risk management for recreation-related activities.
  • Oversee use and care of the gym, tennis court, and waterfront.
  • Manage recreation budget
  • Coordinate and plan all-ranch events.
  • Works with Senior Program Manager to manage the schedule to meet recreation goals.
  • Helps develop and plan wilderness recreation trips.
  • Weekly scheduling flexibility required if necessary. Regular schedule may change according to shifting organizational and/or program needs.
  • Special projects and other duties as requested.
  • Crisis intervention and assistance as needed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to the value of recreation and wellness to help people form bonds with others, find meaning/enjoyment in their lives, and to feel good about themselves
  • High School Diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience in mental health and/or substance abuse field including therapeutic relationships and professional/ethical boundaries.
  • 2 years previous supervision and administrative experience.
  • Ability to be direct and supportive
  • Demonstrated leadership capability.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated positive, collaborative, and respectful relationships with other SLR staff.
  • Flexibility including occasional schedule adjustment on short notice.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision/direction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of ways.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Driver’s License and good driving record.

Social Worker


JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time; exempt position

LOCATION: Cuttingsville

REPORTS TO: Clinical Program Manager

Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000


The Social Worker works independently and as part of the residential treatment team to provide Cuttingsville Program residents and Elliot House residents with clinical input, oversight and case management services to support wellness, recovery, and independent living. Responsibilities include encouragement/training in areas of basic living and home management skills, social and employment skills, supportive counseling, coordination of services, and treatment planning. Social Workers utilize and integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment philosophy to maximize each resident’s progress and promote community integration and healthy lifestyles. Social Workers will coordinate the care of residents with other members of the treatment team, involved family members, and external providers.


  • 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.
  • Meets with individual residents for therapy weekly, more often if required and appropriate.
  • 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 Action Plans.
  • Assist residents in developing and implementing Action Plans 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.
  • Provide other 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 as requested.
  • Provide transportation for residents when necessary.
  • Attend staff, doctor, and other meetings.
  • Assist in provision of case management coverage for Independent Apartment Living clients when IAL case manager is absent.


  • Communicate and meet regularly with the Clinical Program Manager to ensure efficient, professional, and effective delivery of case management services to Spring Lake Ranch residents.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other case managers, other members of the treatment team, and other Spring Lake Ranch staff in a proactive and respectful manner.
  • Coordinate responsibilities and coverage with other case managers, 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.
  • 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.
  • Licensed or pursuing licensure.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery required.
  • Knowledge and experience of Windows OS and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Driver’s License and good driving record.


  • Ability to complete some physical work consisting of moderate lifting and carrying of up to 20 lbs, using stairs, entering client homes and apartments.  This position consists of a combination of sitting, standing and walking.
  • Ability to use independent judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills.
  • Effective organization skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and remain flexible in a dynamic community setting.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate with co-workers and other community providers.
  • Ability to model resiliency.
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback and on-going commitment to personal growth and improvement.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Admissions Coordinator

POSITION TITLE: Admissions Coordinator

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time; non-exempt position with on call responsibilities.

LOCATION: Cuttingsville

REPORTS TO: Admissions Manager

SALARY: $38,000 + annual on call stipend


The Admissions Coordinator will positively and professionally promote Spring Lake Ranch to inquiring and/or visiting clinicians, professionals, potential residents, families, and other visitors. Collaborates with the Admissions Manager to ensure that there is 24/7 coverage for Spring Lake Ranch Admissions.


  • Presents the Ranch as a friendly, caring, knowledgeable place for treatment of those experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse issues to all inquiring parties.
  • Assists the Admissions Manager in the admissions process from referral, inquiry, records procurement, visit, interview, acceptance, arrival, and integration into the community, including orientation of new resident and family to the advising team.
  • Facilitates admissions and takes admission`s calls in rotation, “on-call” basis, and/or in absence of Admissions Manager.
  • Works actively with Admissions Manager to develop new and provide feedback on existing referral sources.
  • Assists the Admissions Manager in developing the network of former residents, clients, and parents, to assist with marketing.
  • Completes proper documentation of all admission calls with referral sources noted and categorized, and reasons why a given applicant was not accepted.
  • Provide input for marketing materials and related publications such as the newsletter, annual report, and mailings.
  • Occasionally represents Spring Lake Ranch at functions and conferences.
  • Keeps relevant statistics on all aspects of the admissions, discharge, and enrollment process.
  • Regularly scheduled Monday through Friday; schedule may include evening hours to facilitate family contact and field admissions phone calls.


  • Previous experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to supporting individuals with life challenges.
  • Proven proficient ability to use independent judgment, effective analytical decision-making and appropriate time management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, teamwork, computer, and organizational skills.
  • Physical capability including moderate lifting, carrying, etc.  This position consists of a combination of sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Knowledge and experience of Windows OS and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage stress (for yourself and others) effectively while maintaining a sense of humor.
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback and on-going commitment to performance excellence and improvement.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of team.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Program Coordinator

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

Hourly Rate: $11.75

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.



  • Provide live-in support, structure, and guidance to residents through informal contact and house activities to create a positive environment and comfortable 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.
  • Help residents foster a sense of giving outside of themselves and, when needed, protect them from themselves.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that the house is adequately covered at all times.
  • Help with urgent emotional support and crisis intervention as needed.
  • Work evening “Duty Nights” and drive Friday “Town Trip” 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.
  • Respectfully wake up individuals who would otherwise be late for morning meds and morning meeting.
  • Provide transportation for Work Program, recreational activities, house outings, emergencies, etc. as needed.


  • As part of advising team for several residents in your house, support the CTL in the development and implementation of “action plans” to guide residents’ experience and attainment of recovery goals during Ranch stay.
  • Attend weekly team meetings.
  • Communicate frequently with your residents, his/her CTL and resident advisor.


  • 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’ teams regarding concerns observed on crew, including non-attendance.
  • Contribute to weekly work program notes (green sheets).
  • 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.
  • Cleaning up the work area and putting tools away after each work crew.
  • Coordinate and plan with work program leaders to develop projects and work plan.


  • Mentor and coach new house advisors/crew leaders.
  • Perform crew ‘niche’ position.
  • Certified to do medication administration according to SLR protocols.
  • Develop and facilitate group activities for residents.
  • Assist and co-lead clinical groups with clinical staff.
  • Assist with hiring, training, and scheduling of House Advisor team.


  • 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 with many different kinds of people 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.
  • Knowledge and experience of Windows OS and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to participate in physical work and physical activity in all possible outdoor weather conditions, activities may include of outdoor work/active games/sports and moderate lifting/carrying of up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of 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.

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

Masks & Physical Distancing – All employees and visitors are required to wear face coverings while in shared spaces and practice social distancing whenever possible. 

Cleaning & Sanitizing  Spring Lake Ranch has implemented additional cleaning routines, and has provided sanitization stations at all entrances. 

Visitors – Visitors are required to sign a screening log, wear facial coverings and practice physical distancing.  

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.