Ranch Program Coordinator


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Camp Jewell YMCA
6 Prock Road
Resident Camp
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The Ranch Program Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operations of the horseback riding program.



1. Evaluate and revise as needed, the current riding curriculum with the goals of providing a safe and enjoyable recreational riding experience. 

2. Assist riding instructors with lesson plans.

3. Provide 4-6 hours of off-horse instruction. 

4. Create and manage weekly riding program for campers 10-12 and 12-15 years old.

5. Develop and implement lesson plans for trail rides, family camp ring lessons, school group riding activities and community riding lessons.

6. Manage and care for all equipment and facilities related to the riding program.

7. Keep detailed records of equine health including; deworming schedules, vet visits, medication needs and farrier needs.

8. Develop and maintain a horse care program. This includes providing first aid, administering medications, deworming schedules, monitoring shoeing conditions running feeding etc.

9. Exemplify safe horsemanship practices to campers and other staff. 

10. Teach staff correct methods and techniques on how to deal with horses to minimize risk of injury.

11. Supervise riding staff to ensure that the curriculum is being followed. 

12. Maintain required paperwork throughout the year on each horse’s health history, accidents and falls and individual rider development.

13. Assist Summer Camp Director with hiring of Ranch staff.

14. Develop and implement staff training.

15. Maintain all state and American Camping Association standards.

16. Report immediately to Program Director or other appropriate supervisor any suspicion of child abuse/neglect, including physical, mental and emotional neglect.

17. Provide a safe environment and program for all participants and staff.

18. Is familiar with and follows all emergency procedures, building rules and regulations.

19. Arrive on time for scheduled shifts, wearing appropriate uniform and name tag and prepared for all assignments.

20. Keep accurate, detailed records of incident reports and other necessary documentation.

21. Perform any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Must be certified by CHA or ARIA Level 2 (minimum) or BHS or other ACA recognized horsemanship certification.
  3. Has a desire to care for, work with and motivate staff and participants
  4. Previous experience working with “camp” or “lesson” horses.
  5. Preferred experience with minor training of horses.
  6. Preferred experience with barn management skills.
  7. Preferred knowledge or experience in vaulting, driving (ground and on wagon) and Centered Riding or willingness to gain experience in these areas.
  8. Possess skills including supervision of staff, organizational and knowledge of summer camp activities and working with children.
  9. Two years of college or equivalent work experience.
  10. Person must possess values consistent with the mission of the YMCA.
  11. Current certification in Wilderness First Aid or Standard First Aid and CPR required within 30 days of hire.
  12. Must have valid driver’s license.
  13. Must meet all state licensing and accreditation requirements.
  14. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  15. Outdoor skills, camping and leadership experience.



  1. Ability to visibly observe children.
  2. Ability to stand for an extended period of time.
  3. Ability to lift up to 50lbs and transport feed/grain/hay from one location to another.
  4. Ability to demonstrate and lead activity
  5. Ability to communicate with parents and children effectively.
  6. Ability to hear distress signals even when distracted by noise and activity.
  7. Ability to reason, solve problems and make sound decision even when distracted by noise and activity.
  8. Ability to work in a variety of environments, specifically those subject to extreme heat and humidity.
  9. Observe and promote safety and security procedures

10. Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.