Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA
  • 14.25
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Part Time (Weekdays, Weekends, Holidays)


Teach both group and individual lessons to riders with disabilities.  To develop a rider's full potential in a fun and safe environment.  Set goals for clients and design custom short-term and long-term plans to meet those goals.  Be knowledgeable, aware, and sensitive of each client's disabilities and behavioral tendencies and be able to impart that knowledge to the volunteer team.  Prepare lesson plans for each client's riding time and write follow-ups after each lesson.  Evaluate each student at the end of each Session and write progress reports.  Maintain and enhance knowledge of current practices in the field of therapeutic riding. Ensure that PATH Int'l safety standards and procedures for all facets of the program are followed at all times.  Work with and maintain positive relations with volunteers, clients, and the client's family. Help Physical/Occupational Therapist with initial rider evaluations as needed.  Prepare horses for lessons with volunteer assistance. Help recruit horses appropriate for program.  Assist the program manager as needed with training and exercising of therapy animals including documentation, socializing, and problem solving. Follow safety and sanitation policies throughout facility in order to maintain HWAC standards of excellence. Maintain compliance with HWAC policies and procedures.  Participate in Center activities and events as required.  Complete other assignments as required.  Represent HWAC standards of professionalism.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Center expects the following of each employee:  adheres to HWAC policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the Center; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; meets department productivity standards; participates in HWAC events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.



Current PATH Intl. certification as registered-level instructor required, advanced or master level helpful.  Strong written and verbal communication and organization skills required.  Two years experience of volunteering and/or working at a PATH Intl. Premiere Accredited Therapeutic Riding or Member Center.  Three to five years of recent work with horses required. Advanced level riding skills preferred. Ability to work independently and in a team environment is required. Attention to safety, surroundings, and details is crucial.

Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (center staff, co-workers, clients, care givers and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.

Employee must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.

As this position may require occasional driving duties, employee must possess a valid Driver's License.  Employee must complete a Driver Information Form and provide a recent DMV Driving Record Report to be kept on file, as well as proof of insurance. Additionally, due to the nature of our clients and our work environment, a LiveScan finger print background check is required.  


When a physical requirement is described as rarely, it means less than 5% of the shift is spent in this activity; occasionally means 6% - 33% of the shift is spent in this activity; frequently means 34% - 66 % of the shift is spent in this activity; continuously means 67% or more time during a shift is spent in this activity.

Though work assignments may vary from day to day, this position typically requires: walking, standing, listening and speaking as well as reaching, twisting, lifting and carrying frequently; This is a physical job.



95 % of this job is outdoors and 5% is conducted indoors under normal office conditions. 

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a smoke-free environment.  Smoking is not permitted in any HWAC building or vehicle.

Helen Woodward Animal Center
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