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Recreation Assistant Full Time (Summer Position)

Facility: The Birches Nursing Home

Location: Musquodoboit Harbour

Positions: Temporary Full Time Summer Student (8 weeks)

Facility Description:

The Birches Nursing Home is a Community Governed organization that operates a 42 bed Continuing Care Centre. The Birches is committed to the highest standards of support and services and promotes a health workplace for its 100 staff. The organization fosters a healthy work life balance and uses the latest best practice information at all levels.

Job Scope:


The Recreation Assistant is responsible for assisting the Recreation Programmers in planning, organizing, developing, and delivering group and individual leisure activities for residents of The Birches.  




  1. Enrollment in a relevant post-secondary program such as: Human Resource Management, Health Sciences, Public Relations, Social Work, Gerontology or Recreation Therapy Studies.

  2. Possess the following characteristics and skills: strong interpersonal skills, including active listening and empathy; effective oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational and planning skills; creative problem-solving and good assessment skills.

  3. Demonstrated leadership ability with peers or youth in group settings.

  4. Previous experience with the elderly preferred.

  5. Basic computer skills.




  1. Assist in planning and implementing individual and small group activities for residents.

  2. Assist in planning and implementing therapeutic programs and interventions for residents who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia.

  3. Assist in welcoming new residents to The Birches

  4. Assist residents in attending social and community outings

  5. Assist in the planning & implementation of a summer garden program

  6. Assist residents to actively participate in the care of the Birches gardens

  7. Participate in the inter-disciplinary resident care reviews

  8. Maintain progress notes for assigned one-to-one interventions


Expected Start Date: July 2022


Salary: $13.35 per hour


Hours of work: Days, Monday to Friday


Please email resume to:

Human Resources

Or Fax to: 902-889-2271

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