Job Posting: Recreation Therapist-San Quentin State Prison

California Correctional Health Care Services

Recreation Therapist-San Quentin State Prison

$6,424.00 - $7,561.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Evaluate inmates with acute, crisis-level functional impairments due to serious mental illness for skills assessment, activities of daily living, communication skills, physical exercise and creative expression.


Provide treatment plan input regarding recreational activities and other therapeutic components to be initiated near or after discharge or admission Correctional Treatment Center (CTC)/Mental Health Crisis Bed (MHCB).


Develop and promote clinically oriented recreational and daily living programs to be initiated near or after discharge from the CTC/MHCB.


Provide clinical oversight of evaluative and planning functions for recreational activities provided by support staff, including Psychiatric Technicians and Medical Technical Assistants.


Provide Aftercare to Interdisciplinary Team treatment planning and case reviews.


Participate in automated data management and other health care records systems; Attend meetings as needed. Perform other related duties as required

TYPICAL TASKS: The Recreational Therapist (RT) is a member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team.  The RT consults with the treatment team; participates in assessment of inmate/patients; and provides services to inmate/patients who have developmental and/or mental disabilities.  The RT’s duties include observation and documentation of attendance, participation, strengths and deficits of inmate/patients.  The RT conducts therapy, in a variety of forms such as indoor and outdoor activity groups; film showings; and special entertainment.  The RT develops recreation programs for inmate/patients with various conditions and disabilities; orders supplies; and ensures proper use of tools and materials.


The RT maintains safety and security of work areas, by inspecting premises, accounting for tools and materials and searching inmate/patients for contraband, such as weapons or drugs.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Recreation Therapist-San Quentin State Prison
$6,424.00 - $7,561.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Marin County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
San Quentin State Prison

Department Information

This position is located in the MentalHealth Program with California Correctional Health Care Services at San Quentin State Prison.

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at San Quentin State Prison during the life of the certification list.

** Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established and interviews will be scheduled**

Candidates selected not currently employed with the California Correctional and Rehabilitation and/or California Correctional Health Care Services shall be subjected to a live scan fingerprinting process to obtain State (DOJ) and Federal (FBI) clearances prior employment.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a CBRPC or NCTRC Certification Certificate. You will be required to provide a copy of your certificate prior to being hired.

(1) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in recreation therapy or in recreation and leisure studies with a specialization in recreation therapy. Alternatively, a person who does not have one of the preceding degrees may qualify if he or she has a baccalaureate degree in a specialization acceptable for certification or eligible for certification by any accrediting body specified in paragraph (2).

(2) Current certification or eligibility for certification as a recreation therapist by the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification or by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, Inc.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

California Correctional Health Care Services
Attn: Danu Perumbadage
CCHCS - San Quentin Medical
P.O. Box 425
San Quentin, CA 94964

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Maria Moore
CCHCS - San Quentin Medical
P.O. Box 425
San Quentin, CA 94964
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Benefits Information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at and to the CalPers website for Health Benefits at

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Maria Moore
(415) 454-1460 ext: 6330

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Coordinator
(916) 691-6035
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Special Requirements:

Do NOT include ANY confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts. Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, student identification number, driver’s license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of applications submitted electronically online, such as Easy ID number, SSN, examination related information, and driver’s license number will automatically be redacted upon submission.


Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If you are meeting Minimum Qualifications with education, you must include your unofficial transcripts/diploma for verification. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment. If it is determined a candidate does not meet the Minimum Qualifications, the candidate will be withheld from the eligibility list, rendering them inactive and ineligible to be hired for the position. Candidates who have been withheld may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board.


Candidates new to CDCR or the Division of Juvenile Justice are required to submit to a background investigation process utilizing Live Scan fingerprinting, and Tuberculosis testing prior to appointment followed by departmental annual Tuberculosis testing/evaluation thereafter.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail