OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE

The JoyRide Team is the engine behind “making the impossible possible” for our clients. The staff is a caring group invested in the success of the clients and horses, and they use the highest levels of professionalism in their work. Riding instructors are certified through PATH Intl. as Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI) and therapists are credentialed through the American Hippotherapy Association as Hippotherapy Clinical Specialists (HPCS). Our day program instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, and provide high quality instruction to all their clients.

STAFF POSITIONS

We currently have openings for the following positions:

 

Equine Trainer/Therapeutic Riding Instructor: (for complete details click here)

Equine Trainer:

Support JoyRide Center’s mission and values by developing and maintaining a well-trained herd of  horses appropriate for Therapeutic Riding Instruction and Physical Therapy

Instructor:

Support JoyRide Center’s mission and values by providing high quality, safe, and effective therapeutic riding instruction to JoyRide Center clients.

 This is a full-time, salaried position of approximately 40 hours/week, 52 weeks per year

Qualifications: 

Education:  High School or above

Certification: through PATH Intl as a Certified, Advanced, or Master level therapeutic riding instructor

Licensure:  None

Experience:

  1. Experience providing therapeutic riding services (minimum one year preferred)​

  2. Experience teaching able-bodied lessons

  3. Extensive experience training and riding horses

  4. Extensive knowledge of tack and tack fit for a variety of horses

  5. Experience working with groups – clients and their families, other instructors, therapists, administrative personnel, volunteers, and donors

  6. Experience with a variety of horses.

  7. Experience in barn management with responsibilities encompassing nutrition, pasture management, and herd management.

 Special Knowledge and Skills:

 Broad knowledge of general horse care, stable management, herd psychology, equine anatomy, first   aid, and basic medical care.

  1. Able to ride a variety of horses at an advanced level (walk, trot, canter) at a minimum

  2. Understand and recognize the special requirements and training needs of horses used in therapeutic riding

  3. Familiarity with a variety of disabilities and their impact on acquiring riding skills

  4. Familiarity with PATH Intl standards as they relate to therapeutic riding instruction and also horse management, selection, and selection.

  5. Able to assess horse’s prior training, gaits, movement and temperament, and how these relate to special needs riders

  6. Able to work independently and as a team member

  7. Able to lead, organize and motivate volunteers

Must be available some evening and weekend hours, with the ability to flex hours as appropriate.

 

Physical Therapist: (for complete details click here)

Support JoyRide Center’s mission and values by supporting the Physical Therapy Coordinator in maintaining, and implementing a physical therapy program for qualifying JoyRide Center clients.

Qualifications:

Education: Appropriate masters level degree as a Physical Therapist or higher

Licensure: Texas Physical Therapy License required

Certification: American Hippotherapy Association Registered level preferred

Certified by PATH Intl as a Certified, Advanced or Master level therapeutic riding instructor preferred

Current 1st aid and CPR certification

Experience:

  1. Minimum of 1-year experience providing physical therapy services, ideally in pediatrics preferred

  2. Experience providing physical therapy services that utilizes equine movement preferred

  3. Experience teaching therapeutic riding services preferred

  4. Experience working in a team setting including clients and their families, other instructors, therapists, administrative personnel, volunteers, and donors

  5. Experienced horse person preferred

Special Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Able to ride at an advanced beginner level (walk, trot) preferred

  2. Understand and recognize the special requirements and training needs of horses used in therapeutic riding

  3. Familiarity with a variety of disabilities and their relationship with the movement of a horse

INTERN POSITIONS

Internships:

These opportunities are provided to either college or high school aged students who want to learn how to care for, work with and train horses, or are interested in a career in Equine Assisted Services. Because the JoyRide Center is a not-for-profit company, we can only offer UNPAID internships at this time.  However, our program does provide numerous opportunities to learn about a career in Equine Assisted-Services; how to care for, work with, and train horses; run a farm; and run a nonprofit program. Click here for Internship details. Application link below. Submission deadline for application is April 20, 2021.