Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community: Working Torward Wellness
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Engage in the lives of others and the life of the land — share your skills, talents & warmth with a diverse community of people trying to lead more fulfilling lives.

Located on 650 acres in Vermont's Green Mountains, Spring Lake Ranch is a therapeutic residential community and farm with the mission to support and empower people with mental health and substance abuse challenges to grow, thrive and seek their dreams. The program focuses on work, particularly outdoor work close to the land, using one's own hands to accomplish goals, and remembering the value of a job well done. As an alternative to hospitals, clinical settings and other cookie cutter programs, Spring Lake Ranch is a place apart, where every resident is treated as a person, not as a consumer or a case. The Ranch is a community, first and foremost. Staff and residents alike are here for a common purpose: to engage in the lives of others and the life of the land and, in so doing, to engage more meaningfully in our own lives.

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. —John Ruskin

Career Job Opening

Spring Lake Ranch is now seeking a full-time Farm Manager who will steward the Ranch's 65-acre therapeutic farm operation.

Full-Time Farm Manager Job Opening

The Farm Manager will steward the Ranch's 65-acre therapeutic farm operation including: livestock care, hay production, pasture management, building/equipment maintenance, plus staff and client supervision. The Farm Manager assures that the farm is accessible for therapeutic purposes and is integrated into the therapeutic community in every possible way including providing year round meaningful work for individuals with significant life challenges.The Spring Lake Ranch farm is not certified, but follows organic and sustainable principles.

This position should not be viewed by candidates as learn-on-the-job or first farm management experience following degree program graduation, internship or apprenticeship. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years in a farm management role in which they made decisions about livestock care, field management and equipment maintenance as well as having had supervisory authority over farm workers. Ability to demonstrate previous experience in therapeutic agriculture and/or commitment to individuals with special recovery needs is strongly preferred. Annual salary, health insurance (90% employer paid for individual plan), health savings account, dental, disability, life insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick time, and other benefits provided. To apply, email a resume to Tom Conry.

House Advisors/Crew Leaders

House Advisors work actively with residents on crew, leading or participating in a wide variety of tasks that keep the Ranch running through every season of the year.

House Advisors/Crew Leaders

House Advisors/Crew Leaders live and work alongside residents, leading the wide variety of tasks that keep the Ranch running through every season of the year: care of the farm animals, working in the garden, bringing in hay, shoveling snow, chopping wood, pressing apple cider, cutting ice from the lake, building furniture, producing maple syrup, clearing trails, and helping with the ongoing tasks of cooking, cleaning, sewing, and repairing. They plan and participate in a variety of fun activities and trips that continually enrich community life. House Advisors also serve as mentors to residents in their recovery of esteem, direction, and well-being. In general, there are twelve House Advisors working in seven cottages, supervising from two to nine residents.

Most people who have worked in the Ranch community have found the experience both physically and emotionally demanding. Unlike many institutions for the chronically ill, the Ranch program has little structure or job description and demands flexibility and spontaneity from its staff. But, more importantly, Ranch life is intensely rewarding. Helping people work through the debilitating problems that have interrupted the normal progress of their lives, learning new skills every day, and being a member of a caring community are what make the Ranch experience as deeply fulfilling as it is unique.

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The heart of the community experience is people sharing their lives, struggles, achievements, hopes and dreams with each other in authentic, non-judgmental, and deeply respectful ways.


The Main House at Spring Lake Ranch

The Ranch is situated on 650 acres of farm, forest, and pastureland in Vermont's Green Mountains. The woods are crisscrossed by various hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the property near Spring Lake, one of the quietest and most pristine lakes in Vermont. The Ranch is convenient to Rutland, and to several downhill ski resorts (including Killington and Okemo mountains) and Burlington is an easy day trip away.

Perks & Rewards

Canoeing with Residents at Spring Lake

Benefits include $309/week, private accommodation within a Ranch residence, all meals, full health and dental insurance, three weeks' paid vacation (first year), 10 days paid sick time yearly, educational opportunities, and use of all Ranch facilities including: laundry, linen service, woodshop, auto shop, pottery studio, computers, hiking/ski trails, and lake front with private dock and canoes.

There are also the many less tangible benefits that come from living and working in a close-knit community.

The Essentials

A Crew Leader holding down the fort at the Farmer's Market, where you can find Spring Lake Ranch pillows and pottery, T-shirts and Adirondack chairs, and sample home fresh granola & pesto. And of course, you can purchase some of their pure Vermont maple syrup!

Applicants must be 20 years of age or older, and show a willingness to share life with a community of diverse people. Patience, creativity, flexibility, and an eagerness to teach and to learn are key. A basic knowledge of and experience in farming, gardening, carpentry, cooking, sewing, auto mechanics, landscaping, and recreational skills are not necessary but can be very helpful.

A minimum six-month commitment is required, though many House Advisors opt to stay longer.

Your First Move & Connections

Playing with snakes at staff training.

To begin the application process, email your resume and cover letter to Human Resources. A 48-hour visit to the Ranch is usually required. The Ranch offers a rolling application and interview process, and often hires several months in advance.

Human Resources
Spring Lake Ranch
1169 Spring Lake Rd.
Cuttingsville, VT 05738

(802) 492-3322, ext. 227
(802) 492-3331 fax
[email protected]

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