Direct Support Professional - Grounds Keeping Specialist

Job Description

Help us redefine what is possible and make a positive impact in the lives of individuals with Autism! Bittersweet, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides residential, vocational, and recreational services to individuals with autism.

Bittersweet Farms is a world-renowned leader in serving individuals with autism. We are seeking a full-time Grounds Keeping Specialist to assist with development and implementation of the grounds vocational and habilitation programs. The Grounds Keeping Specialist will be part of our day program, Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 3:30PM. The position will be responsible to provide skills assessment and enhancement based on each participant’s individual needs. This person must work to ensure the health and safety of participants while providing an environment that fosters both growth and development. This person will be responsible for teaching participants about proper usage of all equipment and tools utilized in the area. The Grounds Keeping Specialist will continue to assist with any and all direct support needs within the organization.

Responsibilities Include:

· Demonstrate knowledge of local wildlife and flora and fauna

· Maintain trail systems on property

· Maintain outdoor program areas

· Demonstrate the appropriate usage of tools and equipment

· Manage and log assignment of tools and equipment required each day

· Perform a variety of duties related to organizing task schedules, participant task assignments, and prioritizing projects within assigned area

· Maintain inventory records and needs

· Assign and arrange tasks and activities within the area to meet programmatic needs

· Mentoring new staff in the Outdoors area on participants and procedures

· Maintain a positive and friendly attitude toward co-workers, staff, participants and outside community


  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities/autism
  • Two or more years of direct leadership experience preferred
  • Ability to express patience in difficult situations
  • Experience working with a variety of tools and equipment required
  • High School Diploma or GED is required
  • Valid Driver's License with eligibility to be insured is required

What We Offer:

  • Benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, paid disability and life insurance, personal time off, 401K with company match, and 11 paid holidays
  • Assistance with getting reliable transportation, childcare, affordable housing, food assistance program, counseling, learning basic computer skills, budgeting assistance, credit counseling and several other opportunities through the Employee Resource Network with a success coach.
  • $1,000 tuition assistance
  • Access to payroll funds early
  • 18% cell phone carrier employee discount

Type: Full-time
Pay: $16.00 per HOUR

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Bittersweet, Inc.

Help us redefine what is possible with Autism. Bittersweet, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides residential, vocational, and recreational services to individuals with autism in a farmstead setting. For the past 34 years, we have found that a farm setting offers rich, varied, and abundant opportunities for self-paced, distraction-free activities that are perceived as immediately meaningful by our participants.

We are seeking full-time and part-time employees to help enrich lives and make a difference. Our employees positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities through teaching, mentoring, and partnering in meaningful activities and positive social interactions.

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