Equestrian Manager
Job Details
Camp Menzies - Camp Connell, CA
High School

Under the supervision of the Camp Director, the Equestrian Manager plans and deliver a horseback riding program that is safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers’ ages and abilities. Provides management to the physical operation of the horseback riding facilities and equipment.



Plan, direct, and supervise a safe and fun horseback riding program that aligns with Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) values and overall safety guidelines

  • Create lesson plans that meet camp goals and ensure each program is being provided with their horse needs
    • Evaluate riding abilities of campers and staff
  • Design, deliver and evaluate experiences that serve girls entering grades K through twelve, ensuring compliance with GSUSA Safety Activity check points, American Camp Association, GSHCC policies, and all state and federal laws
  • Act as subject matter expert for equestrian experiences for Camp Menzies
  • Develop and implement crisis and risk management procedures for equestrian program for Camp Menzies location and maintain equestrian program manual


Manage the physical facilities and equipment in the horseback riding program area

  • Set up the horseback riding area prior to and during staff training
  • Manage GSHCC equestrian program facilities and equipment; collaborating with the Camp Director to repair and purchase equipment as needed; ensure proper use of equipment by staff and program participants
  • Maintain health and wellness of GSHCC herd, taking note of hoof care, dental care, de-worming and immunization needs, informing Camp Director when any horse health issues arise
  • Maintain health records for each horse, provide first aid within professional scope as needed
  • Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair
  • Submit orders for equipment and supplies when needed, ensuring timely arrival of materials
  • Assist in packing all materials and supplies at the end of the season
  • Ensure horses are being maintained when camp days are not in session


Train staff on horse health, safety, and programming policies and procedures during pre-camp training and throughout the summer

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of staff training, including but not limited to the equestrian program, Wrangler in Training Program, and Junior Wranglers
  • Participate in pre-camp staff training, as well as in-service training sessions
  • Schedule and supervise horseback riding staff to provide a safe, fun, and high-quality equestrian program
  • Supervise Wrangler in Training campers and Junior Wranglers, alongside the assistance of the Trailblazers Program Manager and the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Director
  • Provide feedback to staff as needed during staff meetings


Other Job Duties:

  • Assist in the planning of any special events at or near the horseback riding arena
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities
    • Participate in management and staff meetings
    • Assist in the general operation of camp as assigned by the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Director
    • Willingness to live on site during summer camp season at Camp Menzies



Qualifications:  (Minimum Qualifications and Experience)

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless a qualifying exemption is needed
  • Minimum age 21 preferred
  • Maintain certification as an instructor from a nationally recognized organization or riding school or documented experience as an instructor within the last three years, or be willing to obtain after hired
  • At least 1+ years managing a horse program, including program instruction and staff management
  • Valid driver's license with clean driving record, desired
  • Must have a high level of interpersonal and customer service skills, confidently presents to large groups of people, facilitates effective two-way communication, fosters and maintains positive relationships
  • Possess a can-do attitude with the ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, and manage multiple deadlines
  • Maintain relevant certifications, including but not limited to: First Aid/CPR/WFA

Physical Aspects of the Position:

  • Able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Ability to observe girl behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to programs
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist members in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness or injury) and possess strength and endurances required to maintain constant supervision of program participants



We are an all-girls camp. We expect this position to work collaboratively and closely with girls for the greater part of the role. Some physical requirements of this position could be endurance including standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching.  Requires the ability to listen to others, observe others’ actions, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals, and physical ability to move about the camp property in various environmental conditions. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and other environmental conditions.