Assistant Trainer

Job Summary

The ideal candidate is a well-rounded horse person with a hands-on approach. The riders and horses in our program are varied and diverse and we need someone who understands these differences and can adapt. This person must be a good team player who is flexible and willing to jump in when needed no matter what the task. This person needs to understand the demands of a show barn and that hours can be unpredictable at times. This person will set a good example for our girls in their work ethic, communication skills, riding ability and horse care.

Necessary Skills

  • One to three years of experience teaching hunt-seat-style riding
  • Ability to school all kinds of horses on the flat and up to the 3 ft. level
  • Experience working with children ages eight and up
  • Experience at “A” level of showing (not necessarily competing but at minimum working with this level of clientele)
  • Strong administrative, communication, organizational and computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, social media applications
  • USHJA Trainer Certification preferred

Additional Roles and Responsibilities

  • Teach lessons beginner through intermediate
  • Help run the Summer Riding Experience (summer camp)
  • As needed training rides on private and school horses
  • Manage school horse exercise schedules and communicate closely with barn manager about other aspects of their program (turnout, medication, lunging, shoeing, bandaging, clipping, etc.)
  • Assist veterinarian when needed (riding, lunging, providing care details)
  • Help with closing barn/ensuring horses are put to bed properly after lessons or practice rides
  • Assist other trainers in goal setting and ground school with students
  • Assist with preparation for both IEA and USEF shows (this includes preparing school horses both in their presentation and ride ability, complete entries, set courses, communicate with students about their show schedules, coordinate with other trainers about student and horse preparation)
  • Assist the head trainer with organizing all arrangements for away shows (entries, travel plans, chaperoning, itineraries, communication with teachers)
  • Travel to and work at away shows when needed

Conduct and Culture

  • Promote a student-centered approach to work priorities and encourage student involvement in barn operations
  • Support an environment devoted to the education and nurturing of girls and young women
  • Exhibit a commitment to excellence in all work as evidenced by high standards of cleanliness, service and workmanship
  • Exhibit a commitment to honor as evidenced by honesty and integrity
  • Exhibit a commitment to community through the caring and respectful treatment of all members, through collaboration, and putting the interests of the group ahead of individual interest
  • Exhibit a commitment to diversity as evidenced by the respectful treatment of all members of the community without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter and contact list of three (3) references in one document to: hr@ethelwalker.org.