Job Description

  • Start and end date. Begins part-time immediately. Full-time hours begins May 1 and ends August 7.
  • 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: 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
  • 21 years of age

Specific Responsibilities

1. Make sure that safety is priority in all aspects of the horseback program

2. Maintain 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

3. Train and supervise Horseback staff and general camp staff

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of staff training
  • Educate staff in barn rules and specifics of schedules
  • Train horseback riding and counseling staff in their horseback riding responsibilities
  • Evaluate each barn staff member and be able to give constructive criticism

4. Plan, direct and supervise a safe and fun horseback riding program

  • Deliver creative riding program activities and 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
  • Ability to recognize discipline problems with children as they arise and enforce set procedure
  • Evaluate the physical soundness of each horse daily and make judgments on whether horse can be ridden each day, given noticed horse conditions

5. Responsible for overseeing arrival and departure of horses

6. Research and network with local horse owners and arrange the rental of 5-8 horses for the summer camp season

7. Arrive at camp between 8:00-8:30 am and stay until busses leave at 4:00 pm

8. Maintain punctuality and attendance

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 in management and staff meetings
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned

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