Full - Time Direct Support Professional

Program · Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time, 40 hours
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Merrick Inc. offers a mix of life enrichment, employment, and adult day services to more than 375 clients.

Merrick is the largest day program in Ramsey County with a 56-year history of leadership in person-centered planning, self-advocacy, meaningful work options, operational excellence, and continuous innovation.


Full and Part-time Weekday jobs available. No evenings and no weekends. 


Direct Support Professionals help clients in a clean, bright new building.  We have fun positions open in several different programs.
As a DSP at Merrick, you could provide vocational support, recreational activities, or personal cares to adults with disabilities.


Every day is a little different, but duties generally include:


  • Supporting and supervising individuals with disabilities while they are engaged in a variety of work or vocational tasks or recreational activities;
  • Overseeing work performed by disabled individuals to ensure that it meets our customers business expectations;
  • Implementing a variety of person-centered planning goals, such as walking, learning, or exploring new skills;
  • Documenting services, progress on goals, outcomes, relevant events, activities, and payroll;
  • Assisting with personal cares as needed; and
  • Driving company vehicles as assigned.


Company Motto

As you enter Merrick, please choose to make today a great day. Your co-workers and the clients will be thankful. Find ways to play.

We can be serious about our work without being serious about ourselves. Stay focused to be there when your co-workers and the clients need you most.

And should you feel your energy fading, try this surefire remedy; find someone who needs a helping hand, a word of support, or a good ear–-and make their day.


Qualified candidates must possess the following:

  • A high school diploma or GED;
  • 6 months of experience supporting individuals with disabilities is preferred;
  • A sincere and passionate desire to work with persons with disabilities;
  • Committed to self-advocacy and person-centered planning principles;
  • Basic computer and data entry skills;
  • Comfortable and respectful when assisting individuals with personal care;
  • Focused on the quality of work at all times; and
  • Meet the physical demands of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, including regularly standing, walking, and bending, occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds, and assisting persons with personal care, ambulation, etc.


This position includes a new hire signing bonus for DSPs that join Merrick by 6/30/2021.

  • $250 upon successful completion of their 90-day orientation,
  • $250 upon completing 6-months of employment, and
  • $500 upon completing 1-year of employment.

The candidate must able to pass a criminal background check and a drug screen.  Applicants that can drive are also being recruited. 

The full-time position (40 hours, M-F day hours) with the hourly rate of pay starting at $16.00.

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  • Location
    Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
  • Department
    Program
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time, 40 hours
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level