Employment Opportunities

The purpose of Riverside's Employment Services is to assist people in discovering the type of work they like and to teach the job skills necessary for a satisfying employment experience. We provide assistance in securing employment and supporting people to be successful on the job. Services are individualized, meeting the goals of the employee and the requirements of the employer.

Riverside Employment works in partnership with the Department of Developmental Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, area schools, local Chambers of Commerce, Career Centers, and many other community resources to provide comprehensive, varied, and flexible support. We have long-standing relationships that ensure each participant receives a broad scope of support services necessary for successful employment.

Individual Placement

Individual placements match participants with local businesses. These placements allow participants to work on their own with minimal support from the employer and infrequent behind-the-scenes support from Riverside. Learn more

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Mobile work crews are small groups of participants hired to fulfill jobs from local employers. A full-time Employment Specialist provides continuous on the job support and supervision in order to ensure success for each participant, while meeting the employer's job requirements. These dependable work crews are a reliable and cost-saving option for local businesses. Riverside Lawn Crew are examples of what our mobile crews can do for you.



Pre-ETS Program [preparing for life’s next steps]
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The goal of Riverside Industries’ Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) is to help students with disabilities explore educational and employment options to prepare for life after High School. We offer five core services: Job Exploration>  Work Place Readiness>  Work Based Learning Experiences/Internships>  Self-Advocacy>  Counseling on Post-Secondary Education

For any student age 14-22 with an IEP, 504 Planor documented disability; services are flexibleand can be provided both at school and /or inthe community.

For more information, please contact the For more information, please contact the Pre-ETS Supervisor Sarah Chaplin at (413) 527-2711 x147 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Frequently asked questions 


Pre-ETS is no cost workshops that cover five employment related topics.

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Youth with any kind of disability between the ages of 14-22 who are in an education program. Education Programs can include Public, Private, Charter High Schools, Home- Schools, College, a GED Program or a Vocational Educational Program.


Anyone can refer youth for Pre-ETS services by completing the Vocational Rehabilitation Request Form located on Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Website www.Mass.gov or your local Community Service Provider.


Community Service Providers under contract with MRC can provide Pre-ETS services to youth in their facilities or community spaces including schools, libraries, community colleges and/or remotely.

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Riverside's Production Department is an integrated, facility-based employment option for participants to work on local and national contracts. This employment option provides opportunities for job exploration, work skills development, and a paycheck. Learn more

For more information about Employment for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities or a tour of Riverside programs call 413-527-2711, or email Nick Isherwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..