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Program Coordinator | Cuttingsville, VT

Program Coordinator | Cuttingsville, VT

Published: March 1, 2023

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, work in the 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 on all crews can expect to help with the ongoing tasks of cleaning and writing weekly crew notes.


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

·       Doing daily water testing in the Main House and at Elliot House

·       Waking up and/or finding residents who need medications

·       Running fun activities throughout the day so that there are different program options at least every few hours.

·       Doing dishes (alone or with residents) after each meal

·       Doing anything the Duty Person asks them to do

·       Participate 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 and cleanings

·       Doing weekly room checks for each resident in their area and writing House Notes

·       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.

is hiring a Program Coordinator.

Suggested Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Experience: 6 months in a therapeutic environment, a demonstrated ability to create and run programming.

Qualities we like:

·       Excitement to handle any situation that comes your 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.

Folks 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

• 1-2 evening shifts per week


Vision, 401(k), Dental, Medical, Life Insurance

About Spring Lake Ranch

Spring Lake Ranch was founded in 1932, a non-profit residential program serves adults 18+ with a variety of mental health and addiction struggles. Central to our focus is the idea of healing through shared, meaningful work. Each day, residents and staff in small groups participate in all the work involved in keeping a community of nearly 70 people going. There are four crews which engage in five hours of work each day. Our Farm Crew takes care of our cows, sheep, chickens, goats, and pigs, and runs the haying operation every summer. Gardens Crew tends our vegetable gardens, lends a hand in the kitchen, oversees our year-round farmers market booth, and does most of the holiday preparation. The Woods Crew busies itself in our 700 acres of forest – felling, limbing, splitting, and hauling the wood needed to heat our buildings and run our substantial maple sugaring operation. On the Shop Crew, residents build and repair furniture, fix tools, and keep our engines running. Other projects include sewing, weaving, cleaning, painting, landscaping, and all kinds of other work required to keep the Ranch running through all seasons.

In addition to the therapeutic work program, we have a strong clinical presence. Residents meet with masters’ level and/or licensed clinicians on a weekly basis for individual therapy, attend group sessions, and receive medication management from our nursing staff and psychiatrist. While we are mental health primary, we do have a wide range of recovery supports including AA/NA, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and individual recovery coaching.

To apply, please send your resume to