Camp Riding Director (Seasonal)

Lebanon, CT

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Position is responsible in furthering the Girl Scout mission of camp through planning and delivery of a horseback riding program that is safe, fun, and appropriate to campers’ ages and abilities, ensuring safety and wellbeing.  She/he provides supervision and management to the physical operation of the horseback riding facilities and equipment following State Regulations, ACA Standards, Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints, and GSOFCT Policies.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Works with the camp administration to direct the riding program with overall program and camp activities; works cooperatively to enrich all-camp and riding programs to facilitate general camp operations.
  • Plans, organizes and manages stable activities, following program standards with an emphasis on age-appropriate and session specific riding programs.
  • Supervises the riding staff through staff assignments, staff schedules and guidance including but not limited to work schedules and time off requests. 
  • Follows and enforces Camp Staff Personnel Policies. Provides conflict resolution and problem solving with staff as needed.
  • Conducts staff meetings for sharing ideas and for planning riding programs.
  • Conducts supervisory conferences and performance evaluation clearly communicates performance expectations.
  • Maintains health and safety standards for campers, riding staff and self.  Ensures that a well-equipped first aid kit is maintained and available at the stables.  Provides continuous communication with the Healthcare Director regarding the health status of campers and camp staff. 
  • Reports accidents and files incident reports promptly.
  • Maintains health safety standards for the horses and responsible for ensuring minor ailments are attended to.
  • Maintains contact with the horse vendor and veterinarian regarding the health status of horses.
  • Participates in all regular camp activities, such as meals, flag ceremonies, all-camp activities, cookouts, opening and closing days, overnights and kapers.
  • Keeps records and prepares written reports, especially on horse usage, as requested.
  • Reports needed repairs of equipment and facilities to the Camp Director.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled meetings and trainings to ensure open and positive communication.
  • Participates in opening and closing procedures of the camp season.
  • Keeps the Camp Director informed on activities, problems and concerns on an ongoing basis.
  • Manages multiple priorities to ensure work is completed in a timely and productive manner.
  • Ensures professional camper/staff relationships are maintained throughout the camp season.
  • Teaches and monitors proper use of equipment.
  • Assists in the care, health, safety and maintenance of horses and riding facilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • 21 years or older.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with a diverse group of staff and campers (background/abilities) to encourage full participation in Girl Scouting.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., work in extreme environmental conditions, walk on uneven terrain.
  • The ideal candidate will possess experience that relates to job responsibilities, including success full experience working with horse and riding programs. Must have the ability to work with staff and campers to develop, organize and implement Girl Scout program at the stables. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.

EDUCATION:

High School Diploma or equivalent.

CERTIFICATIONS:

State approved certification for Riding Instructors and appropriate required for State of CT.

Horseback Riding Instructor certification required. 

Willing and able to obtain First Aid, CPR, epi-pen and inhaler administration training and certifications.