Position Information

Job Title:
Equestrian Counselor/Trail Guide
Lexington Family YMCA
Job Type:
Part Time
Pay Rate:
$7.25-$8/hour DOE
Work Dates/Times:
Monday-Sunday, 20-29 hours per week
Job Application Deadline:
May 6, 2017

YMCA Competencies of a Leader

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Ys values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fundraising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Job Description:

Provides direct supervision to groups of children and or adults for weekend group rides. May also be used for morning feeding/horse care and instructing riding lessons as needed. Hours may vary by week depending on scheduled events. Provides a quality experience to children and parents focused on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. Along with the care and upkeep of our horses and equestrian facilities.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

1. Supervises a group of children.
2. Plans and implements program activities and riding lessons that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values.
3. Adheres to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.
4. Attends staff meetings and trainings.
5. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, drop-off/pick procedures, supervision, incident reports, accurate head counts, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
6. Maintains positive relations with parents and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions.

Required Qualifications:

1. High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred.
2. Previous experience working with children and horses, preferably teaching lessons or in a day camp setting/ranch
3. Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: hunt seat, jumpers, or dressage training
4. At least 17 years of age.
5. CPR, First Aid, and Child Abuse Prevention training before start of 1st shift.
6. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.

Physical Demands:

Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings.
Ability to lift up to 65lbs unassisted (horse feed, hay, riding equipment)

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