Job TitleHead Horseback Riding Instructor

Responsible toHead Counselor

Position Purpose:

Responsible for the planning and delivery of the camp horseback riding program ensuring that it is safe, fun and meets age/ability levels of all participating campers. Responsible for the management and physical operation of the horseback riding facilities and equipment.

Essential Job Functions:

Riding program and Supervision
  • Plan for, instruct and supervise a creative, safe and fun horseback riding program.
  • Draw up lesson plans that meet camp requirements. These should incorporate daily and sessional schedules.
  • Evaluate individual campers and assistant horseback riding staff in their riding abilities to ensure each program is delivered effectively and safely.
  • Schedule your horseback riding staff into the appropriate activity to ensure it is delivered with the utmost safety and skill.
  • Apply clear and directive communication to your campers, and horseback riding assistants, making them aware of your expectations.
  • Be informed and implement all camp safety rules all of the time. Report to your Head Counselor with concerns.
  • Teach and assist camp activities with passion and enthusiasm. Be an active leader and a good role model. Do the best you can every time!
Facility and Equipment Management
  • Ensure facilities and equipment are organized and appropriately set up prior to any staff training and activities.
  • Teach and monitor the appropriate use of all equipment and facilities by both assistant staff and campers.
  • Be responsible for the daily care of the horses and supervise other staff during their assistance. Taking care to review horses’ health needs, behavior and tack need.
  • Continuously check equipment and make or file for necessary repairs.
  • Be responsible for a daily check of facilities and equipment for safety cleanliness and good order.
  • Conduct the beginning and end of season inventory.
  • Submit orders for equipment and supplies in a timely manner.
  • Assist in packing all materials and close down of horseback facilities at the end of the season.
Role Model
  • Adhere to and ensure others adhere to all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Set good examples all of the time to staff and campers in regard to teamwork, using initiative, being proactive and going the extra mile!
Other Duties
  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communications as directed.
  • Assist in planning and participate in other camp activities as assigned such as evening activities, special events (in particular those in the horseback arena) and other camp functions.
  • Adhere to and ensure others adhere to all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Participate in management and staff meetings. Work with Camp Director and other administrative staff to develop program schedules, award programs, and leadership schedules.
Qualifications and skill requirements
  • Current certification in horseback riding, or equivalent.
  • Must be able to obtain or hold current First Aid Certificate/CPR.
  • Have the ability to work with people of all ages and levels.
  • Demonstrate a proactive and positive approach to work all the time.
  • Documented experience of supervising a similar horseback program.
  • It would be desirable to have previous experience of training, scheduling and supervising other horseback riding staff.
Physical Aspects of the Job
  • Be able to work within a team of campers and staff and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff where appropriate.
  • Ability to observe staff and camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess the strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Ability to endure prolonged standing, bending, walking long distances, hiking, and stretching.
  • Necessary eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities.
  • The normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs.
  • Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats,