Horseback Riding Instructor - Equestrian - Summer Position

Ramapo Country Day Camp | Airmont / Upper Saddle River, NY


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Posted Date 1/13/2022
Expiration Date2/12/2022

*See a video of Ramapo Country Day Camp in action at:  -- you can also read more about our camp philosophy here and complete an employment application.

Employment application is available on the website. Apply at:

We are a children’s summer day camp looking for staff who are passionate about working with horses and who might like to share their interest with our campers. Our summer day camp, Ramapo Country Day Camp,  has a riding program that teaches campers, ages seven to thirteen (2nd grade to eighth grades), English style riding lessons. Most of the campers are beginner to intermediate level.

Our 35 acre facility has riding rings, stables, and riding trails.

Campers ride once a week for 30 minutes all summer long. We try to keep the same campers with the same instructors so they can form a great connection together.

We also offer a horse care program. This is offered during the choice times in the camper's schedule (called electives) where the same campers would go to horse care for an hour, everyday, for five days. Since the campers have chosen to be there they are very interested in learning everything they can about the horses and the instructors have more time to go into more detail. Our instructors can share all their knowledge and love of horses with these campers. We have a written curriculum for the program so there is a guide to follow, but we are always looking for new ideas to further enhance the program. 


Job Description: 

Ramapo's horseback riding program is the perfect blend of English Riding and camp fun. Campers will learn basic riding skills in a setting that allows for growth as a rider. Lessons also include time for games to reinforce skills and build a rapport between rider and horse. Instructors need to have comfort and confidence teaching students basic English riding skills ....from mounting and dismounting, teaching full seat, half seat and posting at the walk, as well as teaching steering and some trotting. We also spend time outside of the corrals on the camp’s trails! Instructors will also teach basic horsemanship to campers as well. Instructors will be expected to work with the team to care for the horses for the duration of camp, as the horses live on the camp grounds. This includes feeding, grooming and care of the horses on a daily basis, as well as cleaning stalls. Instructors will also be working with the camp's horse care program, which teaches campers about horses, horsemanship, grooming, tacking, and care of horses etc. The team makes plans for horse care each week that do not include riding. We are looking for instructors who will bring positive energy to the team, is a team player, and is willing to invest themselves in our horses and our campers for the summer.

Camp Dates: June 27th to August 19th– (39 Total Days) 

                      Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm

                       *We can guarantee you set hours each week.

We have full summer positions (all 39 days / 8 weeks) or partial summer positions (3, 4, 5, 6, ot 7 week). 

Our staff is made up of ten instructors –New York City, northern NJ (Bergen /Passaic) and Rockland (NY) Counties. Transportation is provided for all NYC staff. We also have traditionally hired international instructors from Australia, England, New Zealand, and other countries, but we are not sure if they will be joining us this year.

Our campers range in age from 3 to 13 (nursery to eighth grades) and are bused to camp from all over Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ. Most are at Ramapo for six, seven or all eight weeks. They participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from all types of sports, arts, swim, theater, horseback riding, and gymnastics/cheer to rocketry, robotics, ziplines, dirt track carts, bungee and trampolines, and mountain biking.

Ramapo Country Day Camp is located in Airmont, NY on East Saddle River Rd on the Bergen County (NJ), Rockland County (NY) border. We are near Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale. We are easily accessible via the Garden State Parkway (Exit 172 – Grand Ave, Montvale),Rt 17 (Saddle River / Woodcliff Lake Exit),  Rt 287, The NY State Thruway (Exit 14B), and Rt 59.

We have worked hard to create a facility and staff-working environment that is enjoyable, creative, positive, and perfect for the summer. You will enjoy coming to work each day. We are looking for people who see spending a summer at camp as something they "get to do", not "have to do".

Camp did run in 2020 & 2021 and we ran safely. We have a plan in place that we know works and the experience we gained will help us for this summer. We can talk in more detail with anyone who has any questions about our camp, our horseback program, or our Covid-19 protocols. Staff do have to be fully vaccinated. 

We welcome any questions you may have please, call or e-mail us with them. You can call or e-mail Brian at: 845-356-6440 or 

Interviews are being held via: Zoom, Facetime, and Skype.

See Ramapo Country Day Camp in action and apply on our website: 

Employment application is available on the website. Apply at:



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