OPEN POSITION: Therapeutic Riding Instructor

By October 9, 2014Careers
Two Horses in Agape's Field
Riding Instructors report to the Program Director and work closely with the instructional staff, Program Coordinator, Equine Coordinator, Instructor Liaison, and Volunteer Coordinator.


Cicero, IN





OUR VISION: Why we do what we do

We believe that lives can experience healing and joy in an environment where unconditional love and the wonderment of a horse connect, creating a haven for unbridled hope.

OUR MISSION: How we do it

Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-facilitated experiences.



  • Meet with the Program Coordinator, Equine Coordinator, and Program Director as needed
  • Communicate regularly with the instructional team regarding class progress, needs, successes, concerns, etc.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and Instructor Education sessions (2-3 hours per week, every other week)
  • Oversee class volunteers, providing support and education as needed, and communicating concerns to the Instructor Liaison
  • Monitor and support assigned interns, regularly updating the Program Director

Rider Instruction

  • Continually monitor instructional area and enforce safety rules and  procedures
  • Design and implement individualized rider lesson plans including goals and objectives (1/2 hour per assigned lesson per week)
  • Assist in conducting student assessments as needed

Documentation and Reporting

  • Document client progress (1/2 hour per assigned lesson per week), communicating updates to caregivers as appropriate
  • Maintain rider’s files
  • Complete incident reports as needed and provide copies to the Program Coordinator
  • Regularly school horses and document progress for the Equine Coordinator/Instructor Liaison (Minimum of 1 hour per week, maximum of two hours per week)

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain extensive knowledge of the needs served by Agapé, contraindications, and effective interventions
  • Assist in maintaining an organized facility
  • Maintain a working knowledge of equine first aid, common ailments, and issues with soundness
  • Monitor the health and behavior of Agapé’s equines, communicating any concerns to the Instructor Liaison
  • Other duties as assigned


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Maintain PATH International Registered Instructor status (at minimum)
  2. Remain up to date on and adhere to PATH International standards and procedures

Preferred Competencies





Client Focus


Results Focused




Problem Solving


Ability to work well with a team


Able to follow through


For general questions/comments, reply below; otherwise…   Apply today


  • Ashley says:

    To whom it may Concern:

    I am interested in the Riding Instructor position available. I tried to apply online, however there seemed to be some technical issues! It directed me to my email. I would love the opportunity to speak with someone about this position and possibly more. I am looking to move my career soon, hopefully with in the next month. I would love to hear from someone and find out what the next step would be, possibly set up a time to meet. Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,
    Ashley S

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