Mount Helena

Summer Aid

Job Description
Do you want to help protect the joy of childhood and incite change? Are you looking for a career that will give you a strong sense of purpose and is also meaningful and rewarding? Do you want to make a difference in a child and family’s life? Then we want to meet you.

With our holistic, integrated services and relationship based approach, we help families create and sustain nurturing, healthy environments where children can thrive and grow. Intermountain is a non-profit agency that has been impacting the lives of children and families for over 100 years and we are currently looking for Summer Aides for our Residential Program in Helena.

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our Intensive Residential services are designed for girls and boys, ages 4-13 on admission. Thirty-two children live in four cottages on a 40 acre campus in the capital city of Helena, Montana. The length of stay varies from 15 – 20 months.
Our highly integrated, intermediate residential services structure daily living experiences, clinical therapies and academics, and facilitate optimum healing opportunities. Treatment includes clinical and educational assessments, individualized treatment plans, individual, group and family therapies, medication management, an accredited on-campus school offering a full spectrum of educational services, and a variety of outdoor and community activities.

Some of the challenges our clients may have are: 
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Intractable anger
  • Adoption issues
  • Attachment and relationship issues
  • PTSD
  • Impulsivity, including lying and stealing
  • Oppositionality and/or defiance
  • Aggression towards self and others
  • School problems • Loss and grief issues
  • Poor social skills, and social development
  • High functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Peer relationships 
Job Summary:
The Summer Aide provides a variety of direct and non-direct care duties in an intermittent seasonal position under close supervision. In the scope of his/her role, the Summer Aide participates in the creation and maintenance of a therapeutic milieu following the lead of the cottage counselors. This seasonal role provides additional support to the therapeutic milieu often in a role as a fun adult to engage in activities with. A Summer Aide is a role that different positions utilize in a variety of settings varying from 24/7 Residential Program to summer programs for School Based or Family Based services. This role may be utilized for paid internships for college level students. The Summer Aide position is largely distinguished from direct care roles by the major assignment of providing support functions and limited responsibility in carrying out therapeutic interventions.

  • Knowledge of state laws and agency policies on confidentiality of clients and reporting child abuse and neglect.
  • Skill and ability to learn to operate kitchen and/or household equipment and perform household maintenance techniques.
  • Knowledge of food service sanitation and safety at a level normally acquired through formal on the job training.
  • May require the ability to follow recipes in preparation of the adopted menu.
  • Ability to promote secure and trusting relationships, exercise empathy, patience, tact and stability in dealing with emotionally disturbed children.
  • Ability to lead group and recreational activities.
  • Basic knowledge of child development.
  • Ability to operate vehicles and transport clients, abiding by all traffic laws.
  • Ability to learn medication administration procedures.
  • Capacity and personal characteristics and experience to collaborate with and provide appropriate care to children, gain their respect, guide their development, and participate in their overall treatment as relevant.
  • Ability to support the child during community activities.
  • Ability to communicate and provide service when appropriate, in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the organization’s mission and values and is sensitive to the children’s and families’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics. 
The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through graduation from high school or GED. Preference for applicants with two years post-secondary study in a social science or closely-related field. The Residential program requires applicants to be 21 years of age to meet State Licensing Regulations. Requires a Montana Driver’s License.

Position is a temporary full-time summer position, Salary DOE, starting wage $10.00 per hour. 
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