Pioneer Medical Center

Activities Aide

Pioneer Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital, essentially the county hospital for Sweet Grass County, Montana: Population 3700. We are in a beautiful valley along the Yellowstone River, between three mountain ranges, just north of Yellowstone National Park. We serve our neighbors (ranchers, skilled trades people and active retirees) and the many tourists who come here on their way to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, or to fish the Yellowstone, hike, bike, hunt or just get away from overcrowded places. Big Timber is a vibrant and welcoming small town, an hour from Bozeman and Billings. Our schools are highly rated, with high community support.

Pioneer Medical Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Activities Aide to join our hospital & clinics' patient care team.






1. Supports and models behaviors consistent with Pioneer Medical Center’s mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety, or job performance.

2. Assists Activity Manager in developing, planning, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and directing the activity programs for this facility to meet the cognitive needs of all residents

3. Assists in the development, administering, and coordinating of department policies and procedures.

4. Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc., and submitting such to the Activity Coordinator as required.

5. Complete all record keeping functions in a timely manner. Ensure documentation is informative and descriptive for the services provided and of the resident’s response.

6. Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Director of Nursing / Activity Manager concerning the operation of the activity department.

7. Assist in standardizing the methods in which work will be accomplished.

8. Collaborate with nursing to encourage and prepare as many residents as possible to participate in activities to meet their recreational needs.

9. Prepare for activities in a timely manner to ensure the necessary supplies and equipment are available.

10. Assist in developing and maintaining an activity calendar.

11. Cooperate with the local library to provide library services for residents, as well as other entities, to meet the needs of individual residents such as braille, and audio books.

12. Perform personal care center duties when needed.

13. Agree not to disclose resident’s protected health information and promptly report suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the Administrator.

14. Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession. Maintain competency in all organizational policies and procedures relevant to activities.

15. Ensure department work areas are maintained in a clean, sanitary, and safe manner.

16. Recommend to the Activity Manager / Director of Nursing the equipment and supply needs of the activity department.

17. Assist in preparing and planning the activity department’s budget for food, equipment, supplies and labor.

18. Assist residents that need help with eating and drinking, and/or passing afternoon snacks.

19. Be aware of resident rights when working with residents.

20 Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest, and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the facility.

21 Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency safety standards as it relates to the environment, employee, and patient/resident safety.

22 Identifies needs and sets goals for own growth and development.

23 Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.



• Common policies and procedures, both organizational and departmental.

• Compliance Program.

• Code of Conduct.

• Regulatory standards. (i.e., State Survey, OSHA)

• HIPAA and confidentiality requirements.

• Patient’s/resident’s rights.

• Patient safety standards.

• Working with the geriatric population.


• Professional communication skills, both verbal and written

• Effective time management.


• Incorporate population specific needs into all aspects of communication and patient care; scope of services provided will encompass age groups from infant through geriatric.

• Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbal and written

• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships.

• Communicate effectively and professionally within a multi-functional team.

• Successfully function in a fast- paced working environment with frequent interruptions.

• Assist in developing, planning, and implementing activity programs for the residents.

• Effectively provide instructions to staff and residents clearly.

• Work independently.

• Clean and maintain aviary.

• Plant and maintain resident garden area.


• Lift 50 pounds and assist with transporting residents.

• Frequent standing, sitting, lifting, bending, pushing, talking, and hearing, and moving intermittently during working hours.



• High school graduate or equivalent

• Preferred six months of working experience in a recreational activities program in a long-term care/hospital setting.

• Knowledge and ability to work with different computer programs efficiently.

• Or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to the above tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.



• Normal patient care environment in a long-term care and residential living facility.

• Will be required to work varying shifts, weekends, and holidays.


Blood Borne Pathogen Category: Category I: Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues.

Blood Borne Pathogen Category: Category II: Tasks that may involve occasional exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues, but are not a part of the routine job description. Appropriate protective measures are readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks.

Look through our website,, the Facebook groups "Big Timber Community" and "Big Timber Buzz” or call our HR Manager at 406.932.4603 for more information about the area and this role.

Pioneer Medical Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.'

Job Type: Full-time

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