Equestrian Program Instructor
Park City, UT Programs - Equestrian

Job Summary

National Ability Center, a rapidly growing national nonprofit, seeks passionate instructors to provide safe and high quality private and/or group horseback riding lessons to participants of all abilities. This includes conducting participant assessments, creating lesson plans, providing lessons, barn chores, schooling horses and supporting the equestrian team with the daily functions of the equestrian program.  A primary function of this and every other job at the National Ability Center is to ensure that each member, guest and visitor of the National Ability Center receives the highest caliber of service. 

Job Info

Part-time, year-round, non-exempt, $10-$20/hr

Major Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Implement and supervise safety/risk management protocols in a caring and fun environment for participants, volunteers and staff
  • Teach adaptive horseback riding lessons, long line for Hippotherapy treatment sessions and other roles as assigned
  • Conduct pre-lesson activities as assigned, such as complete participant assessments, create lesson plans, review progress notes, prepare for lesson activities, lunge horses
  • Conduct post-lesson activities, such as discuss lesson with parents, interns and volunteers, put tack and arena props away, write progress notes on each student, clean barn, feed horses
  • Maintain accurate skills progression checklist for each participant 
  • Assist with summer camps, trail rides and special groups
  • Create a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst participants, their families, staff, volunteers and community
  • Assist in daily care of horses as assigned: schooling, feeding, medical care when necessary
  • Commit to continuing education in your field utilizing internal and external resources to ensure our programs sustain continual responsiveness and improvement
  • Communicate clearly, honestly and respectfully with all staff, participants, parents and volunteers 
  • Assist with special events including pre and post event tasks as assigned
  • Assist equestrian management as requested
  • Assist in training volunteers as requested
  • Attend and engage in required staff meetings and trainings
  • Adhere to National Ability Center Core Values
  • Other duties as specified


Required Knowledge and Qualifications

  • PATH Registered level certification or above, or ability to achieve within six months of hire
  • Previous experience teaching horseback riding lessons preferred
  • Previous experience working with people with disabilities preferred
  • Working knowledge of disabilities and PATH standards
  • Ability to ride and school a wide variety of horses (English, Western, bareback, etc.). Riding skill proficiency demonstrating at a minimum: walk, trot & canter on a variety of horses and disciplines; must meet PATH Registered Level criteria
  • Demonstrated skill in handling horses from the ground, including: grooming, tacking, turn out/bring in, handling gates, identifying colic and lameness, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; Proficient at speaking, reading and writing English
  • Ability to communicate effectively to volunteers, participants, donors, community members, co-workers and superiors 
  • Can work effectively and efficiently under pressure and help motivate employees to meet demands
  • Demonstrated history of responsibility, dependability, and maturity
  • Understanding of organizational risk management standards
  • Ability to be flexible, creative and adaptable to situations
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Ability to consistently lift, carry and transfer participants, hay bales and equipment that may weigh 75 or more pounds, stand for up to 6 hours, and walk and run on uneven surfaces for up to 2 or more consecutive hours including stooping, bending, crouching and repetitive hand motions
  • Comfortable working in all conditions including outdoors and inclement weather
  • Proficient in the application of changing technology, email, Google Docs, and  MS Office applications
  • Valid Utah State Driver’s License; must verify own auto insurance
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment

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