Come work in the Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, CO at an internationally renowned summer camp!
Estes Park is the basecamp for Rocky Mountain National Park, and amazing views abound from camp.
- Estes Park, Colorado
- $3,500.00 / season
- Some experience required
- Start Date:
- Starts soon! (May 27, 2022)
Cheley Colorado Camps is seeking HORSEBACK RIDING Counselors from May 27th to August 13th (or august 7th).
Horseback Riding Counselors run the Horseback Riding program in a specific camp unit.
HORSEBACK RIDING COUNSELORS teach fundamentals of horse handling and basic riding to campers in a safe and fun manner. Depending on the age group, riding experiences can include all-day trail rides, instructional ring rides, and overnight trips that include some daily horse care. Horseback riding counselors interact and work with the ranch manager, riding director, and barn crew to help ensure camper and horse safety. While your first responsibility is that of a counselor, you are also part of the horse program and need to be willing and able to balance the requirements of both. The goal of the riding program is to teach safe horsemanship and horse care to campers of all skill levels. All rides will have at least two staff members and around twelve campers. HORSEBACK RIDING COUNSELORS must obtain CPR and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) either before their arrival at camp or during the course that we provide.
Working at Cheley Colorado Camps
More than 200 people from all over the United States and abroad comprise our staff. We attract people who want to make a difference in the lives of youth and who share a common goal with the Cheley family: to make the summer a fun, empowering, and enriching experience for all our campers.
From September to May, we work diligently to create a strong summer team. We interview people from around the country and hire international staff through staff placement agencies. Cheley provides a special environment in which to meet remarkable people. Staff members work together closely and form great and lasting friendships.
Our application process includes an online application, interview, three references, and a background check. Once hired, each staff member is required to complete online abuse prevention training as well as program-specific certifications, like Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
This job isn’t for everybody. We have high expectations for our team. Focusing on the development of others requires personal sacrifices. Sacrifices like living in rustic, historic buildings; limited personal time, and a structured schedule. The demands are high, the rewards are life-changing. There is nothing more satisfying than developing future leaders.
The Staff Experience
All staff at Cheley are part of the camp community. At different times throughout the summer, you may be asked to help the community in some way outside of your job description.
Support staff live together in designated cabins on camp property and are typically at least 18 years old. They play an integral part in role modeling. All support staff need to have the ability to communicate and work effectively with peers, have the visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards at camp, and have the physical strength and endurance necessary to complete assigned tasks. A positive attitude and a sense of humor are essential.
All staff members have one day off and one night off each week with daily shuttles provided to town each morning and afternoon. We are about 10 minutes from downtown Estes Park which has laundry facilities, shops and restaurants, grocery stores, a movie theater, and a bowling alley. We are about an hour from Boulder (home to the University of Colorado) and Fort Collins (home to Colorado State University) and 1.5 hours from Denver.
Our Salary and Benefits
Housing and meals are provided, and staff members are expected to live at camp. The paycheck schedule varies, typically with paydays being after staff training, multiple times throughout each term, and then weekly for post-camp. You can expect to be paid roughly every 2-3 weeks. The starting salary for Horseback Riding Counselors begins at $350/week.
We also provide a travel allowance and bonuses for relevant certifications, including WEMT/EMT, WFR, Teaching, CDL, ACCT, CWI, High Ropes Levels 1 & 2. While working, staff members have access to “pro-deal” discounts and discounts throughout Estes Park.
How to Apply
Thank you again for your interest in the Cheley Experience! If you haven't already, we highly recommend reading the Staff Applicant Packet (2022) for more information about who we are, working at Cheley, the application process, and more.
To begin the process, please create an account here and select your application type. If at any point you want to save and/or exit your application to complete it at a later time, click 'Save my progress.' Once you have completed each section and are ready to send it to Cheley, click 'Sign the Application."
After submitting your application, please upload your resume / CV. This will automatically parse your work experience, education, skills, and relevant certifications from your resume / CV into your candidate profile. If we decide to move forward with your application, we will contact you regarding next steps.