The Austen Riggs Center is proud of its dedicated staff, people with diverse talents and skills devoted to our mission of helping patients with treatment-resistant disorders become people taking charge of their lives. The Riggs open setting and our therapeutic community create a unique workplace for staff.  Employees work closely with patients and staff while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.  For new employees, finding your way into the Riggs culture will inevitably take time, but we are all available to help you learn our unique way of working. We will work to help you use and develop your capacities so that you can fully join our collective effort.

The following employment opportunities are available at the Austen Riggs Center:

Staff nurseStaff Nurse

Austen Riggs is seeking a Staff Nurse who is responsible for the provision of a safe and growth promoting community environment in at the Inn.  The focus is on the establishment of a therapeutic relationship, which maximizes the dignity of individual patients through support of their healthy, adaptive functioning.  The Staff Nurse provides medical care, according to physician’s orders, and directs and guides other personnel in the delivery of nursing care.

Fellowship for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Psychiatry applicants must have completed a psychiatric residency. 
  • Psychology applicants must have a doctoral degree in psychology from an APA approved program and a year of clinical internship an a APPIC listed site.
  • Application for both tracks of the Fellowship program must be received by January 10 for Fellowships beginning in the summer.

Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry

Medical students eligible for this rotation will already have completed a core clinical rotation in psychiatry. One or two medical students at a time are invited for a rotation that is up to eight weeks in duration. Residents in psychiatry may also pursue rotations up to eight weeks in duration.

2016 Research Internship Opportunities

We are now accepting applications from undergraduates who are seeking an internship opportunity for some time during the period of October 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016.

Research Interns work on projects with members of Riggs clinical faculty and under the overall supervision of the Manager of Institutional Research. Projects may include research and inventory with archival medical materials; literature searches; writing scientific/medical research summaries; and data analysis.

Hear from current Riggs staff members:

That's my favorite thing about Riggs actually, is that you never stop learning. You learn about yourself, you learn about the treatment, and about people. 
- Staff member

Community is not only a big part of the Riggs therapeutic model but the way Riggs operates in general.  I have never felt more supported and cared for in a working environment before.
- Administrative support staff member

Riggs stands for a passionate commitment to an idealistic mission serving suffering patients. I can't imagine a better opportunity for a clinician to engage in intensive work. As the saying goes, "if you love your job, you never work a day in your life," in which case I haven't worked in over 35 years.
- Clinical staff member 

I love my job because no two days are ever the same. Each day I am presented with new challenges and situations which allow me an opportunity to use all of my skills and experience. Being a part of the Riggs staff and patient-staff community has provided me an opportunity to grow as a professional, a colleague, and an individual. 
- Administrative staff member

Why work at Riggs? 

What Does the Open Setting Mean to You? – Blog Series

Please mail, fax, email or upload your resume and a cover letter to:
Bertha Connelley, Director of Human Resources
Austen Riggs Center
25 Main Street
P.O. Box 962
Stockbridge, MA 01262
fax: 413-298-4020

Using the upload options please submit your cover letter and resume, along with the downloadable application below, to Human Resources. We accept the following file types .pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .or odf (in order of preference).

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