Skills Trainer – Horse Program

Location: Corvallis - Children's Farm Home
Program/Department: Horse Program
Schedule: 2 OPENINGS - 40 hours/week -schduled to be determined
Pay Range: $19.00 - $21.00/hour (DOE)

Internal Applicants:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to HR for consideration

Job Summary:  Member of the Therapeutic Horse Program serving youth at the Children’s Farm Home psychiatric residential treatment center and in surrounding communities, instructing skills training based Equine Therapy sessions for clients and families. Responsible for assisting in the daily care and upkeep of the horses and premises, documentation of client care and horse care, and participating in case management of clients and developing goals and lesson plans to meet the client’s needs.


Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:  
Instructing skills training based Equine Therapy sessions to groups and individuals
Assist with case management of clients and creating goals and lesson plans to meet client needs
Manage crisis situations as required, including resolving conflicts & problem solving, protectively holding clients, and providing first aid as necessary
Model, coach and counsel participants regarding life skills, appropriate respect for animals, and horsemanship skills
Assist with monitoring, providing and documentation of client services, horse healthcare and first aide
Assist with monitoring and ensuring the safety, cleanliness and upkeep of the tack room and barn area
Assist with exercising and schooling horses
Complete all training required for the position


Professional Requirements:  
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
Demonstrated good listening and observation skills
Demonstrated awareness of their own personal, developmental issues
Demonstrated acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors and cultures
Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to others
Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team
Demonstrated assertiveness and ability to confront others and be comfortable in conflict situations without aggressiveness
Demonstrated ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries in relationships with adolescents and the handling of confidential information
Demonstrated teaching and coaching skills
Demonstrated knowledge and skills in horse care, handling, riding, and schooling
Demonstrated skills in assisting with planning, organizing, and instruction of therapeutic activities for individuals, small and large groups
Demonstrated stable management skills
Demonstrated ability to adapt activities to meet the special needs of clients
Demonstrates the ability to work with member of the community in a professional manor


Demonstrates a commitment to the following Organizational Priorities with regard to all persons:  
A commitment to non-violence: Helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose.
A commitment to emotional intelligence: Helping to teach emotional management skills.
A commitment to social learning: Helping to build cognitive skills
A commitment to open communication: Helping to overcome barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting out, enhance self protective and self correcting skills, teach health boundaries
A commitment to democracy: Helping to create civic skills of self control, self discipline and administration of healthy authority.
Commitments to social responsibility: Helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish health attachment relationships; establish sense of fair play and justice.
A commitment to growth and change: Helping to work through loss and prepare for the future.

Additional Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: College coursework in a field related to Equine Science, Education or a social science related field preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Position requires valid driver’s license for the state of residence, proof of personal auto insurance and an acceptable driving record.

Experience: Five (5) years experience working with horses including background in riding, schooling, health and first aide, and three (3) years experience working with youth or a Bachelor’s Degree in a social services field.

Job Knowledge: Performs and teaches high-risk activities and other routine tasks within agency guidelines, policy and procedure, accepted safety standards and practices of good horsemanship and equine therapy, and the requirements of this job description. Job is complex to the extent that it involves daily contact with unpredictable behavior of both animals and youth.  Position requires creativity, organizational and leadership skills and understanding and sensitivity to clients treatment needs. Position requires the flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

Physical Demands: For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

Application Details:  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately, and position may close without notice.

If you need accommodation to review the information and/or complete the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Trillium Family Services is a drug free workplace. All final applicants will be subject to a criminal record identification check pursuant to ORS 181.536.727.537 and agency policy. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and support a culturally linguistically diverse governance, leadership and workforce.