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Employment & Internship Opportunities

At StableStrides, we are committed to a supportive, collaborative, and fun work environment where all employees have the opportunity to be themselves and contribute in a positive way.

Current CAREER Opportunities:

 Full-Time Instructor

Responsibilities: Provide Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) that are safe, effectivePATH-certified and fun, according to PATH and StableStrides guidelines. Assist Equine Director with horse conditioning. Support
volunteer and office management and as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: PATH-certified instructors only. The ideal candidate will also have the ESMHL PATH-accreditedcertification. Minimum 2 years experience at a PATH-accredited center, including at least 150 hours of
therapeutic horsemanship instruction. Significant horse handling, riding and horse care experience. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to manage volunteer personnel successfully. This position requires the ability to maintain a physically active and demanding work schedule that includes being able to mount and dismount riders up to 200 pounds, being able to handle full-size horses in all situations, running and standing in arena footing, and the ability to work outdoors in all types of weather.

Additional Qualifications (these are qualifications that are desired but not required): Experience teaching able-bodied riding lessons, personal riding instruction, special education, mental health employment experience or volunteer experience. Cultural competence in mental health, youth, first responder, military service member, and veteran populations. Equine management and employee or volunteer management are PATH-accredited certification, highly desirable.

Scheduling: As needed based on StableStrides schedule, determined by Adaptive Services Director.

Benefits included: Medical, Dental Vision, Retirement, Paid Time Off

For additional information or to apply, please reach out to Avery White at [email protected]

Current Internship Opportunities

Mental Health Internship

StableStrides partners with Universities both locally and nationally, to provide practicum and internship experiences for students in degree programs such as social work, professional counseling and marriage and family therapy. A few of our valued University partners are University of Denver, Naropa University, Colorado Christian University, Regis University, CSU Pueblo, Newman University, and UCCS. Practicum or internship placements here at StableStrides include facilitation experience in both group and individual equine assisted therapy services, at both of our locations near Colorado Springs. We accept both undergrad and graduate students, with multiple licensed therapists who supervise interns weekly. If you are interested in learning more about our unique learning opportunities, please contact Chester DeAngelis, Clinical Services Director, at [email protected].

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION Internship

In partnership with Universities both locally and nationally, StableStrides provides internship experiences for students in degree programs such as public administration, nonprofit management, social work, and psychology. For students looking to affect change with an interest in mezzo and macro levels of social work, administration and management, or policy and planning, we provide the opportunity to learn in a diverse and unique healthcare organization. Interns practice developing and analyzing policy, evaluating services, developing programs, and creating administrative efficiencies for client care. If you are interested in learning more about our unique learning opportunities, please contact Chester DeAngelis, Clinical Services Director, at [email protected].

Equine Management Internship

  • To establish a solid foundation in equine health and nutrition, to understand the therapeutic riding industry standards and how it pertains to horse care, and how to maintain a therapeutic riding stables.
  • Click here for application and general information.

Equine Training Internship

  • To establish a solid foundation in horsemanship skills, to understand therapeutic riding industry standards and how it pertains to horse training, and how to maintain a horse for a therapeutic riding stables.
  • Click here for application and general information.

Instructor In-Training

The StableStrides Instructor in Training Program provides mentored instructing hours to any qualified individual seeking their PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification. Instructors in Training are given the opportunity to facilitate group therapeutic riding lessons in exchange for a donation of their time outside of teaching.

Benefits of Participating in Instructor in Training Program at StableStrides:

  • All StableStrides instructors are PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors.
  • StableStrides holds classes six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.
  • All adaptive (therapeutic) riding classes are group classes.
  • StableStrides equines are trained and physically maintained higher than PATH Intl. Standards.
  • StableStrides offers a heated indoor arena and an outdoor arena.
  • Lead volunteer support available alongside excellently trained volunteers.
  • StableStrides clients range in age, ability and levels of experience.
  • Riding lessons offered at a reduced cost to Instructors in Training.
  • Free PATH CEU’s offered during StableStrides break weeks.
  • Three onsite PATH Intl. Mentors available to mentor Instructor in Training.

Instructor in Training Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be familiar with and be able to pass the PATH Intl. CTRI Riding.
  • Instruction Video Warm Up and Riding Pattern on a StableStrides therapy horse (*accommodation available*).
  • Must demonstrate all knowledge outlined in the PATH Intl. CTRI Equine Management (CTRE) and Horsemanship Criteria Checklists (CTRH) – see CTRI Certification Criteria.
  • Obtain a current IT letter from PATH Intl.
  • Abide by PATH Intl. Code of Ethics.
  • Maintain all PATH Intl. requirements during training process including but not limited to Adult & Child CPR/First Aid Certification.

For more information, contact Avery White, Adaptive Service Director, at 719-495-3908 or [email protected].

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