Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
  • Wheaton, IL, USA
  • $17.02 - $22.68
  • Hourly
  • Intermittent

This is an intermittent position, therefore no benefits


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, perform first aid, and administer medications
  • 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 license, certification, etc.: Valid Driver's License

Knowledge of: Operation and management of an equestrian facility; stable management; occupational hazards and safety precautions; 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.

Hours: Almost 40 hours every two weeks, 940 hours annually. Includes nights and weekends.

Schedule: Must be available for weekday evenings(4-8pm) and weekends (9-6pm). There will always be one weekend day off, which would rotate through the year, between Saturday or Sunday. Schedule is dependent on ability to run lessons/work horses. If weather is bad may be asked not to come in that day. Hours are heavy April-November, light December-March. Some Holidays will need to be worked if lessons are scheduled on that day.

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
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