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 Gardens and Riverside Lawn Crew are examples of what our mobile crews can do for you.



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Riverside Industries’ Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) is a unique opportunity for high school students with disabilities transitioning from school into adult life. It provides students with job exploration, social skills training and a competitive, integrated vocational experience in the community. Our Pre-ETS services are designed to give students an introduction to work that will serve to inform their future vocational choices, develop work habits and obtain experiences that will make them more marketable in the competitive workforce.


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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

Riverside's Cottage Street Cafe, located at the heart of One Cottage Street, is open to the public for breakfast and lunch. Working at the Cafe is a desirable employment and job training option for participants with training in food and meal preparation, customer service, and other restaurant related responsibilities.

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..