01: Job Description

Action Point: Keep my job description of an equine advocate by my computer.

Rationale: Keeping my job description accessible during the course will allow me to refer back to my original goals for learning to be a better advocate and reflect on what skills and knowledge I have gained each week, as well as which area I would like to look further into in the future. Essentially, it will help be a guiding “to do” list that I can continue to edit beyond the course.

Part-time Program Coordinator

l’écurie equine is looking to hire a part-time Program Coordinator for our horsemanship program, a comprehensive program that incorporates knowledge of equine behaviour, herd dynamics, and common welfare issues. You will also have a role in assisting with the care of our small herd. You must be a dedicated and effective advocate for the horses in our care. Someone who will endeavour to always do what is in the best interest of the horses & encourage others to do the same.


Program Development (60%)

  • Familiarize yourself with the content of the l’écurie equine horsemanship manual and lesson plans, which are suitable for students aged 14 to 94+.
  • Work in coordination with riding instructors to enrol students and develop a schedule for small group classes.
  • Recruit new students by representing l’écurie equine at various horse-related events.
  • Develop partnerships with other riding instructors in the region.
  • Work with the Director to develop additional program content.

General Duties (40%)

  • Assist with horse care and facility maintenance on a part-time basis.
  • Ensure a constant, clean supply of water, hay (as required), and cat food of course.
  • Bond with the horses through grooming and ‘daily’ health checks.
  • Take note of and monitor any behavioural or physical changes or injuries amongst the animals and alert management immediately.
  • Monitor pasture condition and ensure run-in shed is clean and in good condition.
  • Ensure stalls are ready to be used at any time in case of injury, illness, or severe weather.

Qualifications/Desired Skills:

  • You must have experience handling horses and be able to demonstrate your horse sense and safety.
  • Knowledge of equine behaviour, perception, learning processes, herd dynamics, and common welfare issues is preferred.  
  • An understanding of the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. We incorporate these into all levels of horse handling and management.
  • Familiarity with equitation science and learning theory is a bonus!
  • Must not be afraid to work hard,  get dirty or fall in the manure pile.
  • Strong communication skills are an absolute must. You will be liaising with riding instructors, parents, students, stable managers, veterinarians, and occasionally representing v at public events.

Hours & Compensation:

Wednesday & Thursday 2pm to 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm

In addition to a competitive wage, the successful candidate will receive partial compensation for one course per term through Equine Guelph.

l’écurie equine is a new program, and as such this entry-level position provides an opportunity to learn and grow with us, eventually taking on more involved role and additional responsibility.