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Program Instructor

Job Location

Tara's Chance: 219 E Claire Ave. Fullerton C.A. 92835



Tuesday - Saturday 

Full Time

Job Type



Hourly $19 - $22

Start Date: 


October 16th, 2023

About the Role

Position Description: 

The ideal candidate must have experience working with horses and individuals with special needs. This candidate must be patient, enthusiastic, assertive, and professional. This role is responsible for carrying out therapeutic riding instructions during therapy sessions. Instructors will have some flexibility to schedule Tara’s Chance clients they are serving with approved hours by the Supervisor. Instructors must be comfortable being around horses and working in a cohesive team environment. Training time will vary depending on the level of the experience. 


Overview of Responsibilities: 

  • Lead therapeutic riding lessons while working with a client with special needs, a horse leader, side walker, and therapy horse 

  • Ensure the safety of the rider, volunteers, staff members, and horses before, during, and after each session  

  • Communicate enthusiastically to client during each lesson and lead communication of the lesson  

  • Implement client’s goals and program plan as directed by the Assistant Program Director  

  • Manage individual therapeutic riding sessions for clients with diverse mental health challenges, including but no limited anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma

  • Follow all policies and procedures of Tara’s Chance 

  • Write down detailed well written evaluation notes, create new goals, motivate clients, and quantify lessons after each session

  • Prepare and clean up the arena (equipment, learning tools & toys) before and after program hours provided your hours are during those times.

  • Always maintain respectful communication with co-workers, volunteers, riders, and their families

  • Establish and maintain behavioral boundaries and restrictions with riders to accomplish therapy goals 

  • Set aside program equipment for sanitization between riding sessions


Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Minimum 6 months experience working with people with special needs

  • Minimum of 1 year of horse experience within the last 3 years including riding, equestrian training, and horse care 

  • Able and willing to walk for four consecutive hours outdoors, support riders with arms and shoulders, and lift 75 pounds 

  • Proficient writing skills 



  • CPR certified 

  • Experience in therapeutic horseback riding instruction 

  • Experience teaching riding lessons

  • Experience working in the mental health field

  • Equine studies degree

  • Education degree

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