Welcome to the Bittersweet Farms employment area. Our organization values development, partnership, respect, safety, and reliability. If these values are similar to your own, we may have the right job opportunity for you! We are looking for motivated, mature individuals who are interested in working in a uniquely challenging--yet extremely rewarding--position. While it may be advantageous, it is not necessary to have direct experience serving individuals with autism. Interested candidates should, however, already possess the work ethic and compassion required for this type of environment. Year-round outdoor and physical activity is an important part of our philosophy. Applicants should be able to lift 50 lbs. and hike up to five miles. We invite you to check our website frequently, as job openings are posted as they become available. To apply for a position, please complete our application for employment.
Direct Support Professionals (All Locations)
Bittersweet is seeking employees to work as Direct Support Professionals to help enrich lives and make a difference while providing you with a valuable work experience. Direct Support Professionals teach, mentor and positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities through skills development in horticulture, culinary activities, janitorial work, our creative art department, and much more!
Come join our participants in their daily activities ranging from vocational and educational training, home care, community activities, recreation, and a wide range of other activities and adventures.
Bittersweet Farms is a world renowned leader in serving individuals with autism. We are seeking a full time Retail Coordinator. This position is responsible for product delivery, sales, inventory, and accounting. This position is responsible for the oversight of the “Market at Bittersweet Gardens” as well as other Bittersweet product sales. The Retail Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the activity, production, and progress of Bittersweet products. Responsibilities for the position include:
- Oversight and coordination of all Bittersweet production including: Bittersweet Gardens, Culinary Department, Creative Arts Department, and all other products of the agency.
- Ensure that processes and procedures are established and followed to produce top quality produce and products
- Manage techniques, quality, cost analysis, complete and on-time production, safety, customer satisfaction, sales, and growth for all products.
- Establish a positive working relationship with local greenhouses, nurseries, local markets, art studios, restaurants and other similar businesses to help promote purpose and mission on the farm.
- Implement approaches to improve quality and productivity by developing new ideas, improving processes, and planning for upcoming equipment or process changes.
- Work with the Day Program and function as a Direct Support Professional.
- Must be flexible to meet programmatic and operational needs.
The right person must have good communication skills, Microsoft office Suite proficiency, and accounting skills. Experience in accounting or business software is a plus. Bachelor’s degree required with a degree in business management/administration, finance, economics, or marketing preferred. Five years’ experience working in retail, merchandising, or production will be considered in lieu of a degree. At least 1 year of retail experience required, two or more years preferred. Experience working with individuals with autism and/or other developmental disabilities is strongly preferred.
Please visit our website at www.bittersweetfarms.org to complete an application. You may email your cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax them to 419-875-5593, or mail them to Bittersweet, Inc., 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Road, Whitehouse, OH 43571.
Direct Support Professional - Summer Employment
Bittersweet is seeking summer employees to work as Direct Support Professionals in Whitehouse and Pemberville to help enrich lives and make a difference while providing you with a foundational work experience. Direct Support Professionals help educate, mentor and positively impact the lives of individuals in our Whitehouse and Pemberville locations.
- No experience necessary; paid training provided and the potential for continued employment after summer months, if desired.
- Must be 18 years of age to apply with a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Summer employees can attend either the May or June orientation.
- Starting wage from $10.50 - $11.50 per hour based upon which shift is desired
- $0.50/hour shift differential for evenings, nights & weekends
- Flexible scheduling
Direct Support Professional – Social Recreation Program
Bittersweet is seeking an employee to work as Direct Support Professional to help enrich lives and make a difference through teaching, mentoring and positively impacting the lives of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. The DSP will need to assist with facilitation of a variety of programs and events, including Friday Night Fun, Social Skills Program, parent nights, social events, and more. This includes leading small group activities, providing supports, and observing participant progress. In addition, the DSP is expected to practice risk management and ensure the safety of the participants at all events and programs. The DSP may be expected to provide some guidance for the volunteers in this program.
Must be available the second Friday of each month from 4-9PM, most Wednesday evenings during the academic year, Sunday and Monday afternoon/evenings, the last Tuesday of each month, and occasional Thursday and Friday evenings.
A wonderful career path for those interested in nursing, health care, social work, social services, criminal justice, direct care, education, home health, and those with a desire to help others.
REQUIREMENTS: High school Diploma or GED; No experience necessary; paid training provided.
Direct Support Professional - Barn Specialist (Whitehouse)
Bittersweet Farms, a world-renowned leader in serving adults and adolescents with autism located in Whitehouse, Ohio, is seeking a Direct Support Professional – Animal Barn Specialist to assist with development and implementation of the barn vocational and habilitation programs. The position will be responsible to provide skills assessment and enhancement based on each participant’s individual needs. He or she must work to ensure the health and safety of participants while providing an environment that fosters both growth and development. A successful candidate will possess the ability to teach participants about proper care of all barn animals and maintenance tasks. The Barn Specialist will continue to assist with any and all direct support needs within the organization. Responsibilities for the position include:
● Orientate staff on tasks and responsibilities to include care of the animals and maintenance of the overall barn area
● Act as a liaison to the Staffing Manager by reporting any staff issues promptly
● Perform a variety of duties related to organizing task schedules, participant task assignments, and prioritizing projects within assigned area
● Maintain inventory records, needs of clients, needs of animals, and supplies.
● Possess understanding and knowledge of how to properly care for animals and prepare for showing (Mini and micro-mini horses, Sheep, Goats, Ducks, and Chickens)
● Assist with preparation and organization for special events in the community (i.e. Fairs, Shows, Parades, etc.)
● Mentoring new staff in the barn area on participants and procedures
● Maintain a positive and friendly attitude toward co-workers, staff, participants and outside community
The right candidate must have 2 or more years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities/autism, experience with creating plans and activity schedules preferred, High School Diploma or GED is required, experience caring for animals preferred, and a valid driver’s license with eligibility to be insured.
Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP)
Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) is a staff who is responsible for integrating, coordinating, and monitoring each participants treatment and who possess at least one year of experience working directly with people with autism and/or other developmental disabilities.
- Responsibilities and Duties
- Create, update and monitor ISP’s goals; goal frequency reports
- Monitor, follow up of UIR’s
- Coordination of LOC Redeterminations
- Completion and coordination of IAF Assessments
- Benefits Management: Patient liability and SSA
- Administering the DDP
- Supervision and orientation of staff
- Rep Payee and Guardian report
- Resident banking statement reviews
- Addressing Parent/ Guardian concerns
- Work with community programs
- Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations
- Oversee behavioral services
- Participant involvement and support
- Work as a DSP as needed
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree in a human services field. At least 1 year of experience with 3-5 years preferred with individuals with autism and/or other developmental disabilities. DSP experience strongly preferred. 1-2 years’ experience of leadership preferred. Background and experience with behavioral support services is preferred but not required.