Ride, camp and teach in the amazing Eagle Cap Wilderness and Wallowa Mountains in Oregon
We're remote, quiet, wild and have TONS of history in the area.
- Wallowa Mountains & Eagle Cap Wilderness, outside Halfway OR
- Some experience required
- Start Date:
- Job starts in 3 months (Jun 01, 2018)
At Wilderness Horse Camp, we share our love of the outdoors and horses with girls ages 10-17. Every day is spent riding in the amazing Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness areas. Our campers are always amazed at this one-of-a-kind camp that allows them to experience the backcountry, western riding, camping and crafts, all while learning about horses and making life-long friendships and memories. We limit camp size to 12 girls to ensure safety and encourage a more intimate experience.
We offer three types of camps over the course of 6-8 weeks. The Saddle Club is a 4-day camp for novice riders, ages 12-14 and focuses on building confidence and knowledge. Wilderness Horse Camp is 7 days and is for intermediate and advanced riders and spends more time on the trail and teaching backcountry and Leave No Trace skills. Our Mother-Daughter weekend (typically scheduled at the end of the Saddle Club week) allows Mothers, Aunts or Grandmothers to spend 3 days with their camper and enjoy riding and camp life.
The girls are taught to prepare their own meals as well as keeping camp clean & orderly. They catch, brush & saddle their own horses and also provide all care. Camp is set up in the style of a back-country camp, with wall tents as sleeping tents and cook tent. There is also a real bathroom and shower in the secluded location.
As Head Counselor, you will be responsible for the girls’ safety, first and foremost. While teaching basic camp cooking, proper horse care, etiquette, and trail riding, and general backcountry and Leave-No-Trace skills is a full-time job, you will be rewarded by the exuberance and joy the girls bring to the camp. Additionally, many long-term relationships are forged as you leave an indelible mark on their youth.
We are willing to train for the specific tasks related to the position, but the successful applicant will have the following demonstrable skills:
- General First Aid
- Western and Trail Riding knowledge
- Basic Horse care and knowledge
- Basic Camping / Backcountry skills
- Must be comfortable in the woods / backcountry
Other skills / experience that would be bonus, but not required may include:
- Previous Camp Counselor experience
- Experience with overnight backcountry camping, hiking, riding
- Vet / Horse First Aid
- Craft / Art
- Music (singing, guitar, etc)
- Flora / Fauna knowledge
Start date is on or about June 20th and runs until about August 25th. Pay is DOE. An Associate Counselor will also be hired to assist with large groups (9-12) and all rides will have a 2nd counselor along. Counselors will report directly to Pack Station Managers who will provide training and guidelines for the camp.
How to Apply
Include a cover letter detailing your outdoor and horse experience, even if it's listed on your resume. Also include a picture. References will be required should you be considered for the position. We will also be checking driver's licenses.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the link to access our employment page where you can download the application, which you will then need to print and either scan to email back, or mail via USPA.