We are committed to equal opportunity, a diverse workforce, and an inclusive environment. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our dedicated staff come from all over, bringing talents and skills they put to use in service of our mission.

Current Openings

Clinical Staff
Clinical staff at Austen Riggs work with a treatment team of providers in an open therapeutic community.
Mental Health Specialist
The Mental Health Specialist works under the supervision of the charge nurse and is responsible for the provision of a safe and growth promoting community environment at the Inn. The focus is on the establishment of a therapeutic relationship that maximizes the dignity of individual patients through support of their healthy, adaptive functioning consistent with cultural, spiritual and age-specific considerations. The position maintains a working knowledge of the patient’s behavior, activities and schedule, utilizing his/her personality, interpersonal and group skills and theoretical knowledge in a purposeful goal directed manner to enhance the patient’s potential for modifying problematic thoughts, feelings and behavior.
Staff Nurse
As a Staff Nurse at The Austen Riggs Center, a psychodynamic approach is utilized in all aspects of treatment. Three principles are applied when all staff work with the patients at The Austen Riggs Center: Relationships are central in human life, symptoms have meaning and can be understood, and patients have authority in their own lives, including their treatment. For some individuals who don’t respond to standard psychiatric methods, optimal treatment requires a different approach.
Operations Staff
The operations staff at the Austen Riggs Center support the clinical work of the organization and are an important part of the organization.
Business Office Assistant
The Business Office Assistant is responsible for performing routine accounting activities and provides dynamic support to accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll processing.
Communications Assistant
The Communications Assistant is integral to the Center’s efforts to promote our services to prospective patients and referrers as well as raise awareness of Riggs’ extensive research, education, and advocacy efforts.
Driver (per diem)
We are currently accepting application for per diem drivers. This position is responsible for transporting patients, visitors, staff, board members, and/or materials to and from the Center on an as-needed basis. Trips may be within Berkshire County, as well as to Boston, New York or Vermont.
This position is responsible for maintaining a clean and safe environment for patients and staff in various buildings of the Austen Riggs Center. This position has two vacancies.
HR Generalist
The Human Resource Generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with other members of the HR team, supporting the overall mission of the Center. The Human Resource Generalist will lead the transactional functions of the Human Resources department.
Maintenance Technician
This position provides responsive and skilled building and grounds maintenance with attention to hospital-safety, and regulatory standards while maintaining a safe environment for the Center. The Maintenance Technician works independently and efficiently to ensure the smooth day-to-day operations for the Center as assigned by the Facilities Lead Maintenance Technician and/or the Facilities Director.
Education and Training
The Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy of the Austen Riggs Center provides extensive psychoanalytic education and clinical training for professionals in all stages of their careers.
Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry
The Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry is designed to provide students of psychiatry (including both medical students and psychiatric residents) with a perspective that complements the medical model that is dominant in mainstream psychiatric approaches to major psychiatric illness.
Fellowship for Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists
We offer an Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy for both psychiatrists (post-residency) and psychologists (postdoctoral). Psychiatrists are also eligible to apply for a two year Fellowship and psychology Fellows are eligible for licensure after completion of the first 24 months of the postdoctoral Fellowship.


Riggs provides comprehensive benefits to our staff. Benefit offerings have evolved over time by listening to our employees and making it a top priority to offer the highest quality benefits package possible. More complete information, including summary plan descriptions, is available from Human Resources.
Staff Testimonials
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."
- Nicole May, LCSW (Admissions Clinician and Manager)
Our Values
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."
- Eric M. Plakun, MD (Medical Director/CEO)
Our Team
At Austen Riggs, you have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with patients in a supportive environment where your voice and creativity are both valued and welcome. I have found Riggs to be a place where people recognize when you are carrying too much and offer to help. You can make a difference in people’s lives and work with really good people."
- Brian O’Gara (Mental Health Specialist)

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To apply for a position at Austen Riggs, please send your resume, cover letter, and the job application to the Human Resources Department.

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If you have questions about any of our open positions or careers at Riggs in general, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to assist