Horsemanship Director

The Horsemanship Director will oversee the horses at Camp Miller, the 5th oldest Y camp in the country and the oldest in Minnesota.

Sponsoring YMCA

YMCA Camp Miller

Location

Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783

Camp Information

Camp Miller
89382 E. Frontage Road
Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:

To further the mission of YMCA Camp Miller 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

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

· Writes (with the help of Horseback Counselors) lesson plans that meet camp goals.

· Evaluates riding abilities of campers and staff along with classifying horses for each rider’s skill level.

· Delivers creative riding program activities.

· Sets daily and session schedules for the horse program.

· Evaluates camp horseback riding policies and procedures and give necessary input regarding any possible additions or changes.

· Maintains appropriate camper/staff ratios at all times: 1:4.

· Evaluates the physical soundness of each horse daily and make judgments on whether horse can be ridden each day, given noticed horse conditions.

Train and supervise Horseback Riding Staff

· Supervises Horseback Team to ensure they are following policies and procedures

· Assists in the planning and implementation of staff training.

· Trains Wrangling Staff and counseling staff in their horseback riding responsibilities.

· Schedules and supervise Horseback Riding Team to provide a safe and high-quality program.

· Evaluates Horseback Riding Team on their job performance weekly using a evaluation guide provided by Camp Director.

· Requires all participants to know and articulate safety requirements.

· Ensures daily the accurate fit of safety apparel, including helmets, shoes or boots, and long jeans.

Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the horseback riding program

· Sets up horseback riding area prior to and during staff training.

· Teaches and monitor proper use of equipment.

· Manages daily care of the camp’s horses.

· Conducts initial and end-of-season inventory.

· Checks equipment and make (or file for) repairs.

· Reviews horses for health needs, behavior issues, and tack needs.

· Conducts daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

· Submits orders for equipment and supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials.

· Assists in packing all materials and supplies at the end of the season.

OTHER JOB DUTIES:

· Participates as a member of the camp management team to plan, direct, and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.

· Works with Program Director and other administrative staff to develop a program curriculum, awards programs, and leadership programs.

· Assists in the planning of any special events on or near the horseback riding arena.

· Participates in management and staff meetings.

· Participates enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.

· Facilitates CDOS Meetings with two or more cabin counselors to offer observations, suggestions, and feedback about their growth as a counselor and job performance with campers.

Attends kitchen duty as assigned including meal prep and dishes.

Qualifications

· Stirrups, and Girths.

QUALIFICATIONS:

· Current certification in horseback riding or equivalent.

· Current certification in first aid and CPR.

· Prior supervision of a horseback riding program similar to the camp.

· Experience in supervising other horseback riding staff is desirable.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

· Training and experience in horseback riding activities that are offered at the camp.

· Ability to schedule and supervise staff.

Desire and ability to work with children outdoors.

Essential Functions

PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF THE JOB:

· Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.

· Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.

· Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate 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 strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

· Current certification in horseback riding or equivalent.

· Current certification in first aid and CPR.

· Prior supervision of a horseback riding program similar to the camp.

Experience in supervising other horseback riding staff is desirable.

Required Certifications

AAP/EEO STATEMENT

The Duluth Area Family YMCA (the Y) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment with regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Y complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Room and board provided

Yes

How to Apply

Apply Online

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Apply by Email

seder@duluthymca.org

Apply by Mail to:

Sara Eder
89382 E Frontage Rd
Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783

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