Equine Instructor

Sequel Youth and Family Services    Prescott Valley, AZ
Job Description
We are passionate about what we do and delight in providing excellent programs that make permanent, positive changes in the lives of those we serve. Our programs are designed to equip our clients with the vision, motivation, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to lead a successful life. Equine Instructor CompanyMingus Mountain Academy LocationPrescott Valley, AZ Job TypeFull-time

MINGUS MOUNTAIN ACADEMY

Mingus Mountain Academy is a Joint Commission accredited residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally at-risk adolescent girls. Founded in 1985, the Academy is located on a 120-acre campus surrounded by National Forest, 25 minutes from the town of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Our ability to motivate the girls toward a positive, healthy future is a large factor in our success. To this end, our program combines a positive peer culture, caring staff, careful medical treatment, individualized psychotherapy and education, and numerous activities including our unique equestrian program. The peer culture uses the power of positive peer influence to address behavioral problems. Because many of the students who come to us have experienced significant trauma, our treatment team is specially trained to address these issues within our safe, structured, and nurturing environment. An emphasis on family therapy fosters successful reunification with families. Three therapeutic group homes give students the opportunity to re-enter society, living in nearby communities and getting part-time jobs if they wish, while continuing their treatment and education on campus.

EQUESTRIAN INSTRUCTOR

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES

The Equestrian Instructor will assist the Equestrian Coordinator in completing various equine related tasks in the Residential Treatment Center’s Equestrian Program with emphasis on giving riding lessons.

  • Feeding and watering of the horses. Water troughs will be cleaned as needed.
  • Give riding lessons to beginner and advanced students.
  • Compiles a list of students to take “horse for the day.
  • Assist in the school when needed.
  • Teaching basic equestrian and horsemanship skills as well as conducting sessions independently.
  • Perform basic horse first aid tasks, administer medication and groom horses when needed.
  • Be “On-Call for horse emergencies when the Equestrian Coordinator is unavailable.
  • Routine care and maintenance of the horses and the horse area.
  • Keep horse and student records when applicable.
  • Inventory supplies.
  • Attend various parades (generally on weekends) with students along with the Equestrian Coordinator.
  • Attend volunteer opportunities with the students during normal work hours along with the Equestrian Instructor.
  • Exercise horses.
  • Exemplifies appropriate role modeling through physical appearance, social skills, professional words and actions and sets professional boundaries.
  • Assist the Equine Coordinator in the annual Founder’s Rodeo preparation (I.e. student event training, event planning etc.).
  • Attend weekly school staff meeting

WORK SCHEDULE

Wednesday through Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM (Subject to Change) with occasional work on weekends for parades or a horse emergency.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 years horse experience
  • High School Diploma or equivalency diploma.
  • Must appropriately answer horse scenario questions.
  • Must pass a horseback riding competency evaluation.
  • Able to obtain finger print clearance card (or current valid card).
  • Is able to “read and understand horse behavior.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.
  • Physically able to perform labor work (i.e. lifting hay bales, lifting saddles, carting manure around etc.).
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Able to ride horses confidently at all speeds (i.e. walking, trotting loping).
  • Basic computer skills in: Windows, Excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Must be safety conscious for both student and horse at all times.
  • Individual judgment, discretion and decision making skills.
  • Ability to take direction well from others and is open to learning new skills.

Comprehensive Benefits Package:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, dental, vision, 401k
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible Spending Program
  • Company provided short and long-term disability
  • Company provided AD&D Insurance
Sequel Youth & Family Services is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly employer.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:00:16 GMT

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