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Head Wrangler

Durango, Colorado 81301
United States

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Date Posted: 02/04/2019 | Last Updated: 02/04/2019

Categories: Instructor, Summer Camp, Wrangler
Positions Available: Temporary, Contract
Annual Salary Range: Not Specified
Minimum Education Level: None
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job: Any Breed
Languages Required: Any Language
Drivers license required? Yes
Commercial drivers license required? No
Own car required? No
Pets allowed? No
Non-smokers required? Yes
Live on site? Yes
Will pay to relocate? No
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
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About The Facility
Colvig Silver Camps is a residential summer camp program located in southwest Colorado near the western town of Durango. Our site and facility are western and rustic in nature. Our program has two main components, our in-camp program, and our out-of-camp program. Out in-camp program entails many traditional summer camp activities (e.g. horseback riding). Our out-of-camp program entails 3-, 4-, and 5-day backpacking trips in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah.

Our riding program is small and unique. We have a tack shed where all tack and program equipment is stored over the summer. The tack shed is the home base for the riding program. Surrounding the tack shed are hitching post, a corral, and a riding arena.

We have a small herd of horses that we own and live on-site year-round in our pastures. We rent horses from nearby ranches to supplement our need for horses each summer.
Job Description
The Wranglers' primary responsibility is for the safety and welfare of campers (ages 7-17) taking part in the riding program. Riding groups will typically include 6-10 campers and at least one counselor. Counselors will be responsible for managing camper behavior, enabling the wranglers to focus on instruction.

Wranglers are responsible for planning and teaching Western-style riding and tack care based on a progression as follows: safety/equipment/basics > arena riding > trail riding. Our philosophy is that campers should not ride until they have first mastered the basics of tack care and grooming (hoof cleaning, brushing, saddling, bridling, etc.) Typically the first activity session with a group of campers will begin with an in-depth discussion of horse safety, then basic tack care/grooming, and if there is time, some arena riding to introduce basic horse control. Ideally, groups progress to half- and full-day trail rides in & around camp (over the course of several activity periods). Both wranglers should expect to be leading groups of campers nearly every morning and afternoon.

Wranglers are also responsible for the care of 12-15 horses and related tack. This includes conditioning horses that have not been ridden during the winter/spring months and working with a farrier and/or veterinarian. The ability to detect illness and injury in horses is essential. Wranglers must be physically capable of lifting saddles, controlling strong horses, lifting bales of hay, etc.

Wranglers will also be asked to assist in other areas of camp when not involved in horse activities. This may include supervising movie nights, washing dishes, assisting staff with other activities, or running errands.
Job Requirements
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Experience working with horses (e.g. tack and care, herd management, conditioning, medical awareness, riding safety, equipment knowledge, etc.)
- Experience working with children in a professional setting
- Experience working with horses and children in a professional setting (e.g. riding lessons)
Compensation: $2,820 for 12 weeks ($235/week), housing and meals provided, travel allowance.
Description of Housing Provided
We provide room and board to all staff. Living quarters vary among staff and age groups. Counseling staff will live in a wooden cabin with 4-6 campers. Support Staff usually share a cabin with one other Support Staff member.  All cabins are rustic in nature and are quite cozy once staff add their personal touches. We have excellent cooks at camp and we feed our campers and staff very well over the course of the summer. When you are not in camp, you will be living and camping in the beautiful wilderness of the San Juan Mountains.