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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 306I
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Assesses, plans and implements therapeutic recreation services.


Provides therapeutic recreation services to patients as referred by a physician. Performs assessments; plans and implements recreational therapy program.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, assesses patient needs, plans and implements therapeutic recreation programs.

Typical Work

Assesses patients; plans and implements therapeutic recreation plan of care to meet individual patient needs;

Organizes and leads therapeutic recreational activities both in and outside the hospital environment;

Confers with the interdisciplinary team, individual patients, and family members to develop patients' therapeutic recreational plan;

Develops and maintains contact with appropriate community resources;

Maintains statistical information and documentation related to patient care;

Operates state motor vehicles to transport patients on community outings;

Directs therapeutic recreation volunteers and instructs students within assigned area;

Assists in securing resources and equipment for assigned area;

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: skeletal, muscular, and neuron-anatomy; mental illness; principles, materials, and equipment of recreation therapy; various methods of provision in the physical, affective, social and cognitive realms; safety and risk management methods; assessment and evaluation reporting methods.

Ability to: assess, plan, provide, evaluate and modify programs/provisions to allow inclusive participation for individual patients; cooperative skills in working with patients; establish and maintain professional and working relationships with physicians and other treatment providers as well as other staff; instruct staff in areas of need regarding recreation therapy.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited Therapeutic Recreation Program


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 9-16-76
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise Class/Title: 2-15-91
General revision. Revises title (formerly Therapeutic Recreator I), class code (formerly 6135), typical work; adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.