Equestrian Director

Join one of the largest YMCA Associations, the Dallas YMCA. We are seeking an Equestrian Director at our year round Camp Grady Spruce. 
Camp Description
Camp Grady Spruce YMCA, located on beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake approximately 120 miles west of Dallas, is searching for an Equestrian Director. This role will live on site, coordinating corral and horse operations at two sites. This person will be responsible for teaching horseback curriculum and lead riding activities for all programs throughout the year. Will also be responsible for the upkeep of the entire horse area and horse trails.
Job Description

The Equestrian Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinates daily horseback staff efforts and schedules for trail rides, horseback instruction and other advanced equestrian programs. 
  • Leads staff in cleaning and maintaining tack and other supplies and ensures that staff are using equipment and chemicals properly. 
  • Ensure that all corral and pasture areas remain clean, trimmed/mowed, and organized; inspecting areas periodically. 
  • Utilizes current system to classify horses and to track number of horseback rides and horses used.  
  • Ensures that equine supplies such as feed, hay, water, tack, and first aid supplies are adequately ordered and maintained.
  • Utilize current systems to ensure horses are fed daily, receive necessary medications, and are health-checked daily.
  • Assist in training and supervision of corral staff.
  • Reports maintenance problems.
  • Maintains inventory of horse supplies.
  • Ensure that Horse operations meet the expectations of the YMCA, ACA, Health Department and other governing entities.
Qualifications
Requirements
  • Must have experience in giving instructions to participants and in leading trail rides for various age groups.
  • Knowledge and experience in horse care (feeding, grooming, first aid, routine health care, etc.) is required. 
  • Knowledge and experience in tack, tack maintenance, tack care.
  • Knowledge and experience in pasture management; including fencing, rotation schedules, etc.
  • Sufficient physical strength and ability to carry out essential duties in all types of weather. 
  • Knowledge and experience in horse donations, purchases, and sales is a plus. 
  • Must be able to work as a member of a team or serve as servant leader, including times when supervisors are not present.
  • Experience and knowledge of budgeting is preferred.
  • Prior experience in hiring horseback staff is a plus.
Essential Functions

Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Long & Short-Term Disability, Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, Free family membership, Discounts on Y programs including summer camps, enrichment classes, youth sports, childcare and more! Eligible to enroll in a 403 (b) tax deferred account at beginning of employment. 12% paid by the YMCA upon meeting eligibility requirements.  (PTO) Paid time off based on hours worked and years of service. Training and leadership development opportunities. Employee referral awards of $100 and up.