818 - Equestrian Program Assistant (Intermittent)

Job Purpose

This position performs horse care, assists with the operation of the stable, and provides equestrian programs to the public. The role conducts programs at Danada Equestrian Center that includes but is not limited to - group and private arena lessons, trail group lessons, and camp programs. This position also helps train the horses for the various programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Inspect horses for injury and perform first aid, administer medications and vaccinations
  • Assist as needed with daily horse care and stable maintenance duties
  • Exercise, train, and condition horses
  • Assist with the production of special events, provide program information to visitors
  • Safely educate riders following the directions of the Equestrian Program Coordinator
  • Teach and assist riders to gather horses, groom, tack and untack, and put up horses properly -- supervise younger students to ensure proper handling
  • Continually develop the riding skills of students from the very basic skills to advanced abilities based on their competency
  • Assist with keeping the general appearance, maintenance, and security of riding equipment
  • Continually seek to improve riding and teaching competency -- trainers receive free instruction from the Head Trainer
  • Demonstrate a genuine love of horses -- treat them with passion and respect and instill this feeling in students
  • Demonstrate a team attitude and enjoy being part of something special
  • Perform other duties as required

Education and Experience Required

Education:  AA/AS in Equine Science, Animal Science, or related field preferred.

Related Experience: 

  • At least two years as an instructor or working student
  • Ability to ride competently with a balanced seat in Western and English tack
  • Ability to tack and untack Western and English quickly and without assistance
  • A strong understanding of horses and how to correct ‘creative suggestions’
  • Ability to walk long distances, stand for long periods of time, and be outside in the elements.
  • Available to work weekends, both Sunday and Saturday preferred
  • Ability to drive a large truck and gooseneck trailer preferred

Special training or other licenses, certification, etc.:  Valid Driver’s License

Knowledge of: Operation and management of an equestrian facility; stable management; occupational hazards and safety precautions; fence construction techniques; horse training techniques.

Skills In: Handling and caring for horses, including feeding, basic veterinarian, and health care; dealing effectively with the public; communicating effectively, verbally and in writing.

Onboarding/Training Requirements: Criminal Background Check

                                                                      Driver’s License Check

                                                                      Drug Screen

                                                                      Mandated Reporter – Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

                                                                      National Sex Offender Registry


                                                                      Youth Protection Standards Training

                                                                      CPR/1st Aid Training

Hours & Schedule: The schedule varies due to season/program needs. Hours will not exceed 780 hours in a 12-month period.

Comments: Uniforms provided, safety boot allowance.

Intermittent Position- No Benefits

Working Environment: Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Equal Employment Policy: As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County complies with Federal, State, and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. The Forest Preserve District makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sex (wages), genetics, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, retaliation, or other unlawful considerations.

*Applications must be filled out to their entirety, including the electronic signature, to be considered for this position. Resumes may be included but are not accepted in lieu of the application.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County RP089 is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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