Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm is a nonprofit organization that uses horses and riding instruction to help people with and without disabilities. This job opening is for a multi-faceted instructor to teach horsemanship and life lessons to people with and without disabilities, including grooming, tacking, and care of animals, riding techniques appropriate to each rider’s abilities, and proper care and handling of horses on the ground. Teaching will be conducted as private, semi-private, and group lessons in half-hour and hour-long sessions, and will be scheduled by management, including space and horse assignments. We are looking for horsemanship-focused individuals who are willing to work with volunteers.
Employment Type: Full-time, part-time, and seasonal (summer) positions available
Requirements and qualifications
Applicant must have a current MA Riding Instructors license, or have the interest and ability to pursue a MA license. We are looking for instructors who would be interested in working with people of varied abilities. The job would best be suited for someone with a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, compassion and enthusiasm for the organization and its mission, and an open mind for new and innovative ways to use horses to help people.
The Equine Manager will oversee all activities involving the horses at Ironstone Farm, including nutrition and feeding, paddock and stall safety, training for all Ironstone’s program needs, educating staff, volunteers and clients regarding equine care and management, and providing an open and welcoming environment for everyone involved to feel safe and included. The Equine Manager will lead by example, participate in the work activities, and maintain communications with other staff leadership at all times. Equine manager will administer, evaluate and improve Ironstone Farm's horse and programs. Foster relationships with the public, service providers, visitors, program participants and volunteers to ensure a positive, collaborative and productive relationship.
The hours for the equine manager are at least 30 hours per week on site. If not living on site must be within a 15 miles radius of Andover, MA. This position does require being on call for emergencies and includes being available during snow, rain and other weather related events.
The Equine Manager is an employee of Challenge Unlimited and Ironstone Farm. Our mission is to provide therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using the resources of the farm and its environment to help all involved experience joy and enhanced quality of life. The Equine Manager is expected to serve as an ambassador for our mission and implement our procedures for best practices for herd care. The Equine Manager is an important and forward facing role and creating, maintaining and cultivating positive working relationships is critical and expected.
Development Director is responsible for raising enough money to meet the organization’s financial goals, forecasting future income, and gathering feedback from donors. The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and internal team to attract attention from potential supporters and host industry events that raise awareness of the organization’s goals. The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns.
Effect on End Result
This is a full-time 40 hours per week position. Flexible hours and work off-site hours are expected, as well as weekly check-ins with the Executive Director to discuss achievements for past week and goals for upcoming week and review of monthly Development calendar and plan.
Experience in pediatrics is preferred, but not a requirement. Excellent written and verbal skills. Excellent analytical and observational skills; experience in using clinical observations in assessment. Flexibility and willingness to be part of a team, that is, contributing in team/staff meetings, substituting for others’ clients. Ability to take responsibility for one’s own learning; demonstrate an understanding of the uniqueness of Ironstone Farm and the therapeutic program. Joy in interacting with children; belief that all children are good and that we are responsible for assisting them to be their best selves.
Must attend scheduled quarterly all-staff meetings and monthly therapist staff meetings. Assimilate all new policies, procedures, and ongoing training as needed for job development
Pay: $28.00 - $32.00 per hour