California Correctional Health Care Services

(Recreation Therapist, Correctional Facility - Richard J. Donovan, Correctional Facility)

$6,267.00 - $7,377.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Leads, instructs, and encourages patients in a program of individual and group activities of a physical, social, and cultural nature such as indoor and outdoor games and sports, dance, parties, dramatics, and special interest clubs; supervises entertainments and movies and assists in planning programs for special occasions; with the therapeutic team, plans treatment goals for specific patients; assists in coordinating recreation therapy with other therapeutic programs; as assigned, coordinates the activities program of a group of patients including simple crafts, games, social and musical activities, and instructs unit personnel in basic activity skills; observes patients' reactions and progress and records clinical notes to be included in medical files and prepares reports; orders supplies and equipment and cares for equipment and facilities; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the California Department of Corrections; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves, others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

A detailed duty statement is available upon request to the Hiring Unit Contact.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Recreation Therapist, Correctional Facility - Richard J. Donovan, Correctional Facility
$6,267.00 - $7,377.00 P
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This advertisement is for a Recreation Therapist, Correctional Faiclity position(s) located Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility  (RJD), in San Diego, CA, located in San Diego County.
  • Please write the position number on your application: 030-220-9286-XXX.
  • Please Note: Main communication for this position will be through email. Please ensure to have a valid email address on your application.

Special Requirements

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Equivalent to graduation from a recognized college with major work in recreation or recreation therapy. The major must have included supervised field work. (Registration as a senior will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent and completion of the required field work before they will be considered eligible for appointment.

Per the Business and Professions Code Section 17505.2  (a)(1) and (a)(2):

(a) It is unlawful for a person to represent himself or herself as a recreation therapist, to represent the services he or she performs as recreation therapy, or to use terms set forth in subdivision (c) in connection with his or her services, name, or place of business, unless he or she meets all of the following requirements:

(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 (CBRPC) or by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, Inc (NCTRC).

**Please include a copy of your certificate or letter stating you are actively certified as a Certifed Therapeutic Recration Specialist (CTRS) or eligible for certification as a recreation therapist from the CBRPC or the NCTRC**


Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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: Cert Unit-RJD-9286-PFT JC-98037
Regional Human Resources – Southern
P.O. Box 81857
Bakersfield, CA 93380

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Health Care Hiring Office (located next to the Cafeteria)
480 Alta Road
San Diego, CA 92179
Lupe Delavega
07:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Documents

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

  • 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.


  • State employee benefits information can be found on the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at:
  • Health benefit information for State employees can be found on the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) website at:

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Deshawn Griggs
(661) 664-3270
Hiring Unit Contact:
Lupe Delavega
(619) 661-8657

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.

Additional Informational #1

  • Priority consideration will be given to Re-employment/DROA/SROA/Surplus candidates.
  • All methods of appointments may be considered.
  • In the "Explanations" section of the STD 678, you must indicate your appointment eligibility (list, transfer, permissive reinstatement, etc.).
  • CCHCS accepts electronic applications. If interested, please submit an electronic application (STD 678) thru your CalCareer account at Your application must be submitted on or before the above Final Filing Date.
  • Paper App: (If unable to submit an electronic application): To apply for this position, you must submit a Standard State Application (STD 678) along with copies of your most recent performance report, college transcripts/college diploma (if applicable) and license/certification (if applicable) to the contact person listed above.
  • This advertisement will be used for this and other Permanent and/or Limited Term vacancies that may occur at RJD during the life of the certification list.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Possession of MQs for list eligible applicants will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet MQs, the necessary steps will be taken to have the applicant's name withheld from the eligibility list.
  • All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications (MQ's) of the classification, per SPB Rule 250, with the exception of Training & Development (T&D) Assignment.
  • If using education to meet minimum qualifications, include a copy of your informal transcripts and/or degree.
  • Candidates new to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and/or California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) are required to submit to a background investigation process utilizing Live Scan fingerprinting.
  • Candidates will be evaluated/tested for Tuberculosis (TB) prior to appointment followed by department testing on an annual basis thereafter.

Additional Information #2

  • Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established and interviews will be scheduled.
  • The term VAR and/or XXX in the position number indicates that multiple vacancies may exist for this classification.

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