Job Description

  • Start and end date: Begins immediately – August 1.
  • Purpose: To further the mission of Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp through the planning and delivery of a horseback riding program that is safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers’ ages and abilities. Provide management to the physical operation of the horseback riding facilities and equipment.
  • Reports to: Horseback Director and Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a comprehensive background in teaching various styles of horseback riding to all levels of riders
  • Must have proven horseback instructional background. Specific certifications may be required
  • Needs to be able to recognize major symptoms of horse illness and discomfort
  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
  • Love and appreciation for the camp culture and values it instills in children
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance and work with one’s peers
  • Good character, integrity, and self control
  • Maintain enthusiasm, energy, positive attitude and appearance and interact with campers at all times
  • 20 years of age or older.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Arrive at camp at 8:30 am and stay until buses leave at 4:00 pm
  2. Maintain punctuality and attendance
  3. Make sure that safety is priority one in all aspects of the horseback program
  4. Assist in maintaining the horse barn
    • Including set up before Staff training
    • Set and enforce barn rules
    • Create cleaning guidelines to keep barn clean and organized
    • Conduct inventory of all equipment and supplies and order when necessary
    • Pack all materials/supplies at the end of the summer and store in barn apartment
  5. Assist Horseback Director in the training and supervision of Horseback staff and general camp staff
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of staff training
    • Educate staff in barn rules and specifics of schedules
    • Assist in training horseback riding and counseling staff in their horseback riding responsibilities
  6. Assist Horseback Director in the planning, direction and supervise a safe and fun horseback riding program
    • Deliver creative riding program activities
    • Set daily and session schedules for the horse program
    • Evaluate camp horseback riding policies and procedures and give necessary input regarding any possible additions or changes
    • Evaluate the physical soundness of each horse daily and make judgments on whether horse can be ridden each day, given noticed horse conditions.

Other Job Duties:

  • Participate as a member of the camp leadership team to plan, direct and supervise daily programs, special events, overnights and other all-camp activities and camp functions
  • Work with Program Directors and other administrative staff to develop program and leadership awards
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned

To apply, send these completed forms to the camp office.