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.
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.