Employment Opportunities

Part-time Therapeutic Riding Instructors

Therapeutic Riding Instructors provide therapeutic riding lessons that are safe, effective, enjoyable, progressive, and challenging. Instructors also work with barn staff and volunteers to maintain excellent standards of horse welfare and participant satisfaction.


  • Teach individual lessons, school groups, summer camp, and/or able-bodied lessons as scheduled with Program Director
  • Conduct safety checks of horses and participants before and during lessons
  • Keep lesson notes for each participant
  • Assist with preparation of horses for lessons
  • Contribute to ongoing mentoring of volunteers
  • Assist with horse care and special events as needed
  • Represent Special Equestrians in a positive and professional manner at the barn and in the community


  • PATH Intl. certified or eligible
  • Thorough knowledge of good horsemanship principles and practices (mounted and unmounted)
  • Knowledge of disabilities and therapeutic riding techniques (or willingness to learn)
  • Good organizational, communication, and people skills

If you are interested, please contact the Program Director, Claire Oestreich:

Email ceoestreich@specialequestrians.org

Part-time Barn Help

Seeking experienced barn staff to work in our therapeutic riding center. Requirements:

  • Weeknight and weekend availability
  • Good people skills; comfort overseeing and directing volunteers
  • Ability to assess horses for lameness/injury/general health
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds, muck, feed, turn out
  • Reliable transportation
  • Provide/obtain PA criminal check and child-abuse clearances; FBI background check

If you are interested, please contact the Barn Manager, Hannah Fitch:

Email hfitch@specialequestrians.org