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, Catie Tukdarian:

Email ctukdarian@specialequestrians.org

Part-time Volunteer Coordinator

Part-time position; experience preferred. Requirements:
  • Manage a crew of approximately 100 volunteers, including scheduling and ensuring adequate coverage for all shifts
  • Recruit and respond to volunteer applicants to maintain appropriate levels of coverage
  • Hold New Volunteer Clinics throughout the year
  • Manage the mentor volunteer program
  • Maintain volunteer databases, including tracking volunteer hours, clearance dates, and contact information
  • Keep volunteers current via monthly Volunteer Update emails, supplemented as needed
  • Maintain existing and develop new volunteer enrichment and recognition efforts
  • Manage and supervise one-time corporate volunteer days
  • Recruit and organize volunteer support for special events, including horse shows, camps, etc.
  • Continually interface with all staff to identify ongoing volunteer needs (barn, lessons, office, fundraising)

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

Email ceoestreich@specialequestrians.org