Post Date: 03/09/2020
Close Date: 04/30/2020
Job Title: Head Riding Instructor
Reports to: Ranch Manager
Classification: Full-time, Seasonal
Compensation: Exempt; $50/day + includes room and board
Minimum age requirement: 18 years old, 21+ years old preferred
Dates: June 9 - August 18
This position is responsible for supervising, training, and scheduling the horse-riding instructor team that develops and delivers Namanu Ranch programming. This includes leading riding lessons, maintaining program area, and overseeing safety and accreditation standards.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Schedule and lead regular observation time, check-ins, and team meetings with direct reports. Provide written and verbal feedback to direct reports and support them in their professional growth.
Work closely with Ranch Manager to support program goals and behavior management systems for Namanu Ranch. Ensure program uses best youth development, horse management, riding curriculum and safety procedures.
Lead team in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in ranch including regular safety and security checks, communication with Ranch Manager and Camp Director, and maintaining required equipment and facility records. Tend to the care, safety, and well-being of 24 horse herd with the support of Namanu Ranch staff. This includes feeding, medications, and other minor horse care.
Instruct campers on Western horse-riding technique and proper safety. Ensure camp staff understand required safety and educational procedures and are prepared to assist campers and riding instructors during program.
Display excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, families, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
Supervise, evaluate, observe, and provide support to riding instructors including covering time-off and stepping in to lead programming as needed.
Conduct a daily check of the area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair. Ensures the security of the ranch facilities and equipment when not in use.
Perform basic horse care including injections, grooming, and health checks as needed. Schedules and work in routine cleaning of ranch program areas including communication with Property Manager about maintenance issues as needed.
Inform and train camp staff about their responsibilities when in ranch program spaces including safety procedures, how to prep their campers, and other support tasks as needed.
Work with Ranch Manager and volunteer Equestrian Manager on development and facilitation of ranch program pre-camp staff training.
Create lesson plans that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers after evaluating riding abilities of campers and staff.
Ensure all participants are aware of safety and educational procedures when in ranch program spaces and that program is appropriate for age and abilities of campers.
Maintain staff performance record including evaluations, performance issue documentation, and other records as needed.
Supervises youth in maintaining and cleaning tack, stalls, paddocks and corral.
Assists youth and co-workers in daily feeding of 20-24 horses.
Assists with individual, cabin, unit, and all camp activities.
Learn, teach, and lead camp songs, games, and team-builders.
Other duties as assigned.
Expectations for All Camp Staff:
Abide and apply the personnel and program policies of the camp.
Ensure and maintain the cleanliness of camp facilities, equipment, and grounds including weekly and end-of-summer cleaning and pack-up.
Observe good health habits, including sufficient sleep, good hygiene, reasonable eating habits and cooperation with the Medical Staff and Camp Director in case of illness.
Maintain punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
Attend pre-camp training and regular on-site staff meetings throughout the summer
Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
Support the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
Follow all safety guidelines including the completion of accident/incident reports as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Directly supervises the riding instructors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Responsibilities may include interviewing and hiring as needed.
Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; significant experience with horses (riding, teaching youth/beginning riders and caring for several or more horses), participation in 4-H, Pony Club, formal riding lessons or any organized equestrian program; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Preferred current certification as a riding instructor from a recognized agency. This position requires valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, First Aid & CPR certification and completion of Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse online training. http://campus.educadium.com/OCCD/course/category.php?id=3
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to traverse varied terrain on or off horse.
Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all people of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all youth, families, staff, and members of the greater community.
Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.