Duluth Area Family YMCA

Camp Miller Horseback Director - Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN

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Active since 06-01-2017 Job category Hospitality / Tourism / Recreat...
Location Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lak... Level Entry level / Graduate
Educational level GCSE / A-Level / Highscho... Employment type Seasonal
Hours 0 Salary Stipend which includes wage and...
Position Purpose:
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.

Postition Scheduling:  Late May through August

Essential Job Functions:
1. Plan, direct, and supervise a safe and fun horseback riding program.
• Write (with the help of Horseback Counselors) lesson plans that meet camp goals.
• Evaluate riding abilities of campers and staff along with classifying horses for each rider’s skill level.
• 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.
• Maintain appropriate camper/staff ratios at all times: 1:4.
• Evaluate the physical soundness of each horse daily and make judgments on whether horse can be ridden each day, given noticed horse conditions.

2. Train and supervise Horseback Riding staff
• Supervise Horseback Team to ensure they are following policies and procedures
• Assist in the planning and implementation of staff training.
• Train Wrangling Staff and counseling staff in their horseback riding responsibilities.
• Schedule and supervise Horseback Riding Team to provide a safe and high-quality program.
• Evaluate Horseback Riding Team on their job performance weekly using a evaluation guide provided by Camp Director.
• Require all participants to know and articulate safety requirements.
• Ensure daily the accurate fit of safety apparel, including helmets, shoes or boots, and long jeans.

3. Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the horseback riding program area
• Set up horseback riding area prior to and during staff training.
• Teach and monitor proper use of equipment.
• Manage daily care of the camp’s horses.
• Conduct initial and end-of-season inventory.
• Check equipment and make (or file for) repairs.
• Review horses for health needs, behavior issues, and tack needs.
• Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
• Submit orders for equipment and supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials.
• Assist in packing all materials and supplies at the end of the season.

Other Job Duties:
• Participate 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.
• Work with Program Director and other administrative staff to develop a program curriculum, awards programs, and leadership programs.
• Assist in the planning of any special events on or near the horseback riding arena.
• Participate in management and staff meetings.
• Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.
• Facilitate 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.
• Other duties as assigned such as kitchen assistance, cabin supervising, etc.

Horseback Director has significant relationship with Property Manager in terms of facility and equipment needs for the barns, stables, arenas and for care of the horses and horse feed. This relationship needs to have open, respectful communication. Horseback Director will also need to have open, respectful relationship with Camp Nurse as well as all Program Staff and Staff in general.

Equipment Used:
• Saddles, Bridles, Brushes, Hoof Picks, Lead Ropes, Buckets, Helmets, Fences, Water Troughs, Halters, Bridles, Curry Combs, Saddle Blankets, Lunge Line, Gates, Stirrups, Girths, etc…

• Current certification in horseback riding or equivalent.
• Horseback riding experience and lesson facilitation
• Current certification in first aid and CPR.
• Prior supervision of a horseback riding program similar to the camp.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in supervising other horseback riding staff is desirable.
• Experience with resident horseback programs and lessons

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.

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 of a Horseback Riding Director Position are endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate Horseback Riding equipment and Horseback Riding activities. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat.

The Duluth Area Family YMCA (the Y) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard 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.
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This listing is a full-time job

Job category Hospitality / Tourism / Recreation
Industry / Industries Hospitality / Recreation / Travel
Region United States
Keywords camp, adventure, director, horse

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Name Heather Klingsporn