The Lead Instructor works to support Barrie’s mission to empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop their creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world. Barrie provides a safe and natural setting on forty-five acres of woods, fields, streams, and stables where students are encouraged to be themselves and to explore and try new things, accept challenges, and find joy in learning.
This twelve-month salaried position requires shared weekend and holiday hours. Overall responsibilities include collaborating in the development and implementation of all equestrian programs including planning and teaching age/skill appropriate lessons, safety of all participants, supervision of summer camp staff, and care of horses. Other duties and responsibilities assigned as needed.
Instruction of hunt seat lessons for primary, elementary, middle, and upper school students of all skill levels
Coach students at equitation team meets and horse shows
Coordinate with faculty to link academic curriculum to horses and riding facility
Creative use of horses in team building exercises and development of leadership skills for campers, students, faculty, and staff
Ability to observe student behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
Fulfill requirements of Barrie faculty / staff members
Occasional weekend and holiday hours as needed for competitions and special events
Daily care of horses, including feeding, mucking, and turning out
General horse care, including clipping, lunging, bathing, grooming, and tacking
Assist in riding, training, and conditioning horses as needed • Assist with coordinating vendors and ordering materials
Assist in the management and care of the facility and equipment
Maintain a clean, orderly, safe, and healthy environment
Routine checks of facility and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair
Collaborate to insure all activities are functioning within the operational budget
Shared weekend and holiday hours as needed for barn coverage and emergencies
Summer Camp Responsibilities
Coordinate with Summer Camp Directors in organizing and running summer riding programs including; pony rides, specialty riding, and special events
Assist in recruiting, training, and supervising summer riding staff
Ensure summer riding staff and campers know and follow safety guidelines
Associates or bachelor’s degree in relevant field
Degree in Equine Studies preferred but not mandatory
CHA or USEF Trainers Certification or equivalent preferred
Experience in all aspects of riding, caring for horses, teaching, and safety
Ability to work with students of all ages, particularly primary and lower elementary ages
Professional manner in oral and written communications
Barrie is a learning institution comprised of three distinct yet mutually supportive divisions: Barrie Montessori (serving students age 18 months through grade 5, and aspiring Montessori educators at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies); Barrie Prep (serving students in grades 6 through 12); and Barrie Camp (a summer day-camp program serving children ages 4 through 14). Barrie's mission ...is to empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world.
Barrie serves approximately 330 students, and since our founding in 1932, has maintained a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. Our extraordinary environment for learning is located on 45 wooded acres just outside Washington, D.C.
At Barrie, faculty appreciate students as individuals. Learning is a hands-on experience for all our students: they are fully engaged in their own education. Each division (Montessori, Prep, and Camp) plays a distinct and valuable role as an integral part of the overall institution; all serve to complement the others and advance the mission of the whole.