OPEN POSITION: Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

By February 12, 2018Careers
Two Horses in Agape's Field
Riding Instructors report to Site Managers and work closely with the instructional staff, Volunteer Coordinator, Equine Manager, Operations Director, Facility Director & Finance Director.


Cicero, IN & Martinsville, IN


North (Cicero): Thursdays @ 9am; Saturdays @ 9, 10, 11, 12, and 1:30pm

South (Martinsville): Tuesdays @ 6pm; Thursdays @ 6 and 7pm



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 Site Manger, Equine Manager, and Operations Director as needed
  • Communicate regularly with the instructional team regarding class progress, needs, successes, concerns, etc.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and Instructor Education sessions (average of 2 hrs/mth)
  • Oversee class volunteers, providing support and education as needed, and communicating concerns to the Site Manager
  • Monitor and support assigned interns and Instructors in Training, regularly updating the Mentor & Site Manager

Rider Instruction

  • Continually monitor instructional area and enforce safety rules and  procedures
  • Design and implement individualized rider lesson plans including goals and objectives in Salesforce (1/2 hour per assigned lesson per week)
  • Assist in conducting student assessments as needed
  • Oversee class volunteers, providing support and education as needed, and communicating with Volunteer Coordinator

Documentation and Reporting

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

Additional Responsibilities

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


Qualifications & Competencies Required

  • PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Registered Instructor status (at minimum)
  • ESMHL and/or EAGALA Certification  preferred, but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of PATH International standards and procedures
  • Riding and horsemanship skills
  • Knowledge of riding equipment and proper use and fit, particularly within adaptive riding equipment
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Basic competency with technology, including email, GSuite, data entry
  • Ability to manage one’s time effectively, being able to be present and focused on the needs of clients, equines and volunteers
  • Awareness of safety concerns
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a bent towards continual growth and making things better
  • Reliable, dependable and a self starter

Preferred Competencies





Client Focus


Results Focused




Problem Solving


Ability to work well with a team


Able to follow through


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One Comment

  • Megan Hodgson says:

    Hello! I am very interested in applying for the Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Position. I have over 15 years of professionally instructed riding and horse showing experience and, along with my parents, I currently own four horses and two miniature donkeys which are all currently boarded at a training and showing facility in Martinsville. I have a Bachelor’s degree from IU in General Studies. I do not however, have a PATH certificate. Can you tell me how I can go about becoming certified?

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