HORSEBACK RIDING INSTRUCTOR- English Style- Bergen Cty -Summer posn

03 Apr 2024

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Transportation provided for NYC staff every day - buses all throughout Manhattan - paid position.

We are a children's summer day camp looking for horseback riding instructors. Campers ages seven to thirteen (2nd to 8th grades) receive English Style riding lessons once a week.

We have 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 week positions available. There are also a few positions open that can work with non-consecutive weeks.

Our 35 acre facility has riding rings, new stables, and riding trails.

Job Description:

Ramapo's horseback riding program is the perfect blend of English Riding and camp fun. Campers will learn basic riding skills in a setting that allows for growth as a rider. Lessons also include time for games to reinforce skills and build a rapport between rider and horse. Instructors need to have comfort and confidence teaching students basic English riding skills .from mounting and dismounting, teaching full seat, half seat and posting at the walk, as well as teaching steering and some trotting. We also spend time outside of the corrals on the camp’s trails! Instructors will also teach basic horsemanship to campers as well. Instructors will be expected to work with the team to care for the horses for the duration of camp, as the horses live on the camp grounds. This includes feeding, grooming and care of the horses on a daily basis, as well as cleaning stalls. Instructors will also be working with the camp's horse care program, which teaches campers about horses, horsemanship, grooming, tacking, and care of horses etc. The team makes plans for horse care each week that do not include riding. We are looking for instructors who will bring positive energy to the team, is a team player, and is willing to invest themselves in our horses and our campers for the summer.

Campers ride once a week for 30 minutes working mostly with the same instructor and on the same horse. So our instructors really get to know their campers. The campers really get to know you and establish an equal connection with their horse. The program is basically a beginner to intermediate level. Most of the campers in the program had their first experience riding at Ramapo.

We also offer a horse care program. This is offered during the choice times in the camper's schedule (called electives) where the same campers would go to horse care for an hour, everyday, for five days. Since the campers have chosen to be there they are very interested in learning everything they can about the horses and the instructors have more time to go into more detail. Our instructors can share all their knowledge and love of horses with these campers. We have a written curriculum for the program so there is a plan to follow, but we are always looking for new ideas to further enhance the program.

Ramapo Country Day Camp is a private day camp nestled on over 35 acres of woodlands, rolling hills, streams, trails, and open space, Ramapo offers campers an unforgettable camp experience in a country setting.

We are approximately 25-30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

Transportation is provided for NY City Staff. Buses meet in Manhattan.

Our campers come from all over Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ. They are here for six, seven or eight weeks of fun in the sun. They participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from: all sports (sports leagues) , swim, arts crafts, hands-on-science, woodworking, and scouting to archery, zipline treetop trails, horseback riding, dirt track carts, robotics, and bungee and trampolines, and much more.

Our staff of specialists who run our activities are made up of teachers from northern NJ: Bergen, Passaic, as well as Rockland County (NY) and New York City. Our counselors are college students who accompany each group of campers and assist the specialists who run our activity areas.

Camp Dates: June 24th to August 16th (39 total camp days)

Monday to Friday - camp runs from 9:00am to 3:30pm

We have worked hard to create a facility and staff-working environment that is enjoyable, creative, positive, and perfect for the summer. You will enjoy coming to work each day. We are looking for people who see spending a summer at camp as something they "get to do", not "have to do".

We seem to attract the kind of staff that would rather do more than less.

We welcome any questions you may have please, call or e-mail us with them.

Interviews are being held via Zoom, FaceTime, and in-person at camp.

You can APPLY ONLINE, read more about our camp philosophy, and see a video of camp in action.

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