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Girl Scouts of Western NY Assistant Riding Director - Seven Hills Resident Camp in Holland, New York

Job Descriptions:


Are you mission-driven, looking to work in a dynamic team environment, and influence the lives of girls? If so, take the time to check out Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Since 1912, Girl Scouts has empowered girls to develop the skills and the voice to become successful and productive citizens. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

If you are looking for a seasonal position whereby you can be part of this exciting, empowering, and valuable experience, we encourage you to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summary: To assist in the organization and implementation of the equestrian program.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops professional goals for the summer that will help support and meet GSWNY’s mission and camp goals.

  • Willing and able to take on the responsibilities of the Riding Director in his/her absence.

  • Assist the Riding Director and the rest of the riding staff in assessing the safety ability during pre-camp.

  • Assists with the care of the horses, stable, tack and riding equipment under the supervision of the Riding Director.

  • Responsible for the overall enforcement of the stable rules and safety.

  • Responsible for the supervision of the barn activities, horses and cleaning.

  • Assists in the planning and implementing of the equestrian program.

  • Assists with riding lessons through the direction and supervision of the Riding Director.

  • Assists in the opening and closing inventory for the equestrian equipment and supplies.

  • Assists in maintaining the health and safety of campers while in the equestrian program.

  • Responsible for teaching equestrian skills, both of the practical and conceptual nature.

  • Shares the responsibility of weekend feedings and coverage with the other riding staff members.

  • Apply behavior management techniques to conflicts with children when necessary.

  • Report incidents/accidents to supervisor or health supervisor immediately.

  • Report suspected child abuse to supervisor immediately.

  • Assist with maintaining records and preparing reports as required.

  • Attend staff meetings as scheduled/necessary.

  • Participate in the total camp program including pre-camp, open house and post camp.

  • Required to stay on the property during hours of operation (Sunday 10:00am to Friday 9:00pm)

  • Accepts other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Riding Director/Camp Director.

Required Experience:


  • Willingness to abide by the policies and practices of the Girl Scouts of Western New York Inc.

  • Minimum age: 18 (ACA and NYSHD Requirement)

  • Should have the ability to ride a horse proficiently at a walk, trot and canter in both English and Western Styles. Knowledge of both English and Western tacking, horse grooming skills, knowledge of simple horse medications.

  • Current certification in Responding to Emergencies & CPR or individual is willing to complete certification course during designated training day.

  • Certified Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Checks will be completed for personnel file.

  • Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.

  • Prior camp experience and/or interest in the Girl Scout Camping program.

  • Willingness to place the needs of girls and camp above personal desires.

  • Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.

  • The acceptance of irregular work hours.

  • The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.

Physical Requirements:

  • Assist the campers in emergency situations.

  • Lift 35 pounds.

  • Ability to teach riding and equestrian care.

  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.

  • Participate in structured and unstructured activities.

  • Provides excellent customer service to other staff members, campers, parents and visitors to camp.

  • Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.

Girl Scout Membership: All Employees of Girl Scouts must maintain an active, annual membership in Girl Scouts of Western New York. This membership must be renewed annually, and all newly hired employees are expected to enroll with GSWNY within the first 30 days of their employment.Girl Scouts of Western New York celebrates diversity in all forms and is committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative and supportive environment for all. All employment decisions are based qualifications, merit, performance and the needs of the organization. As an equal opportunity employer, GSWNY does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other groups or persons protected by federal, state or local law.

Keyword: Assistant Riding Director

From: Girl Scouts of Western NY