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Horsemanship for Children and Adults with Disabilities

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INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

[image of Brittan being taught by Mary Hadsall, when she was still a Camelot intern]

At Camelot, we believe that the best way to create more Camelot's in the world is through the ripple effect. We educate the educators, in turn, they share what they have learned with others. They take with them the philosophies and teaching methods of Camelot and make them their own. This is the dream behind our internship program.

Our current executive director came to Camelot with a dream of running her own therapeutic riding program, and several years later, she grabbed the reins of Camelot. The sky is the limit. You dream it, believe it, work hard on it, and it will be yours. Just reach.

CAMELOT THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP, INC. ONE YEAR PAID INTERNSHIP

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION
THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP INTERN
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Therapeutic Horsemanship Intern will support the Barn Manager in all areas of barn operations, which will encompass the care and maintenance of all livestock and equipment within the CAMELOT facility, as well as assisting with student lesson plans and ranch activities.
· Ensure compliance with all barn procedures and safety rules
· Assist with student caseload and instructional teams
· Assist in the supervision of volunteer ranch hands
· Gain basic skills and knowledge of horses and horsemanship as a therapeutic modality
· Enhance the independence and quality of life for persons with disabilities

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS
High degree of caring for people and animals. Dependability, punctuality, patience, ability to head a team. Comfortable around and able to provide physical assistance to disabled persons. Good health, emotional stability, ability to support and encourage others. Ability to reach, bend, and lift a minimum of 80 lbs. Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to organize time well, remain calm in emergencies. Personal integrity and outgoing personality. Able to make at least a 12 month commitment at 40 hours per week.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Associate Degree in Equine Science or the equivalent (must be verifiable). In addition, experience in the areas of livestock management and teaching basic horsemanship (references required). At least six months experience, paid or volunteer, working with persons with special needs (residential, educational or other setting acceptable, references required). Proof of current First Aid and CPR certification.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
1. Learns program curriculum and how to incorporate it into student activities.
2. Assists Instructor(s) with student lesson plans and activities, tracks individual student progress in program curriculum.
3. Encourages the participation of all students in the various ranch duties.
4. Maintains a safe and challenging program for each student and volunteer.
5. Under the mentorship of the Program Director, develops and completes various learning objectives relative to the field of therapeutic horsemanship. Maintains a professional journal and attends weekly mentoring sessions.
6. Enforces all safety rules and barn policies.
7. Under direction of the barn manager, assists in the supervision of volunteer ranch hands.
8. Provides first aid or takes other emergency measures when necessary as indicated on student/volunteer/staff emergency information forms.
9. Assists in the development and implementation of a training and conditioning schedule for all livestock.
10. Assists in the development and implementation of a balanced feeding program and overall maintenance of all livestock; including daily grooming, turn-outs, vet care and hoof care.
11. Assists in maintaining a safe and clean ranch environment at all times, including conducting daily removal of manure from stalls, arenas and work areas.
12. Assures that all tack and equipment is clean, in good working condition and properly stored.
13. Reports to the Barn Manager on a regular basis regarding issues relating to curriculum, staff/student/animal welfare and barn operations.
14. Attends staff meetings.
15. Assures professional interaction between students, staff, family members, service providers and all persons associated with or interested in CAMELOT.
16. Communicates job concerns with the Barn Manager in a timely and appropriate manner.
17. Interprets and exemplifies program philosophy to students, staff and community.
18. Other activities as deemed appropriate.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDED BY CAMELOT IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
- Disability awareness training with special emphasis on the physical, psychological and social aspects of various disabilities
- Intensive on-going training in instructional methods for riders with disabilities
- Comprehensive training in the selection, evaluation and training of livestock to be utilized as therapy animals for persons with disabilities
- Comprehensive training in all areas of stable management, with special emphasis on adapting the stable environment for persons with disabilities
- Exposure to business and legal aspects of therapeutic horsemanship activities


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