In search of a horse-loving, kid-loving, friendly, hard-working recent college graduate interested in learning and growing in a thriving equestrian program at a Christian camp and retreat center. Prefer Western and English riding experience, including lessons. Camp experience (even as a camper) is a plus! Opportunity for riding instructor certification and other skill advancement. This is a 12-month position (Jan 2023-Dec 2023).
This internship is focused on riding school and horse camp career development. Key focus areas of learning include equestrian program management, herd management, pasture management, children/youth development, riding instruction, marketing and event planning, equestrian program and partnership development, and fundraising.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: providing leadership for the Equestrian program through horse care and riding instruction; designing, planning, and implementing summer camp equestrian activities and programs; supervising part-time or seasonal equestrian staff; feed and care for horses; evaluating and maintaining program equipment; demonstrating and teaching safe equestrian practices; participating in the worship life of the community, and other duties as assigned.
Interns live in shared housing in an intentional Christian community which eats, prays, works, and plays together. Interns are expected to work approximately 40+ hours per week. The Equestrian Program Director will be your supervisor.
Interns should also be willing to occasionally participate in all facets of camp life including, but not limited to: assisting with meal preparation/clean-up in the kitchen, hosting some weekend groups, housekeeping, maintenance, gardening and livestock care.
Applicant MUST BE at least 21 years old or older and have these gifts and skills: • at least 4 years’ personal instructed riding lessons/training with an instructor, as well as horsemanship experience
Shared housing on site with own room. Beautiful wooded setting, large fenced yard, garden space. Easy walking distance to horses and main camp areas. Delightful young adult housemates.
Friendly, team-oriented work environment; delicious, healthy meals served in the camp dining hall; use of camp vehicles for work purposes; beautiful setting. Own room in a spacious, modern house.
Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center has 362 beautiful acres, a large lake, hiking/riding trails, outdoor adventure activities, and a working farm. The camp is located in Efland, NC in the "Triangle" area of central NC a short drive from thriving metropolitan areas.
The camp and retreat center is made up of 362 acres, including hardwood forests, an 11 acre lake, 30 acres of horse pasture, and a community farm. The camp is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers 10-11 weeks of day and residential Christian camp to children from kindergarten to high school. It is also a year-round retreat and recreation facility, offering a chance to get away for groups and families. The equestrian program offers riding lessons, summer camp, and recreational trail rides. Riding is both English and Western. There are currently 22 horses.