Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

  • Junior Equestrian Counselor

    Job Locations US-GA-Luthersville
  • Job Summary

    Looking for a place to make a difference and spend your summer outside making memories? Do you have a passion for summer camp, high adventure, crafts, outdoor skills, STEM or empowering girls, teens and young women? If you answered “yes!”, then Camp Meriwether is for you! We have 270 acres of rolling hills, wooded areas, and beautiful scenery that is just an hour drive from Atlanta near Newnan, GA. We are a true camp complete with a lake for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards; archery; challenge course; climbing wall, dual zip lines; flying squirrel; miles of hiking trails; arts and crafts facility; large swimming pool and climate controlled cabins and dining hall.  During the summer we operate a premier overnight summer camp in Southwest Georgia for girls 2nd-12th grade.


    We are looking for dynamic young women to provide a top rate camping experience for young girls.  All staff will live and work on camp starting the end of May until the end of July. Staff will we assigned a group 8-10 girls weekly they are responsible for during group times and then will teach 5 activities of their interest during the day. A typical week for staff begins Sunday afternoon when a session begins until Saturday morning when a session wraps up. Staff can expect 2-3 hours each evening and this changes based on evening program with the girls. Staff can expect to have Saturday’s off and Sunday mornings each week. Staff applying should have a willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure the girls have a fantastic time while at camp and be 100% girl focused while in your care!


    Junior Equestrian Counselors will assist with barn lessons, participate in daily barn activities, and help facilitate a safe camping experience for our campers while working under our Equestrian Specialist, Equestrian Program Coordinator, and Equestrian Counselors! 

    Duties & Responsibilities


    • Facilitate a quality on-the-job experience for the Wranglers and other staff.
    • Assist in teaching horseback riding, stable management and basic horse care to campers and staff as assigned.
    • Assume responsibility for a safe environment regarding health and safety of the campers, staff and horses
      • Enforce all safety procedures and regulations
      • Report accidents promptly to the riding director, health supervisor and/ or camp director
      • Complete soundness checks and basic first aid for horses as assigned by the riding director
    • Participate in the daily activities at the barn including feeding, cleaning of stalls and work areas, dumping into the spreader, first aid and tack needs, and other chores as assigned.
    • Review camper horse experience surveys and assist with riding group placement.
    • Keep records and reports as required.
    • Assist with check-in on opening day.
    • Assist with the entire unit duties on a daily basis as assigned.
    • Participate in programs and activities with campers giving adult guidance and leadership.
    • Interpret and administer personnel policies as well as Volunteer Essentials, ACA, CHA and Camp guidelines.
    • See that activities are carried out in a manner consistent with Volunteer Essentials and good judgment.
    • Use girl planning to help the girls plan and carry out the program.
    • Serve as a role model and guide campers in appropriate behaviors, language, attitudes, and activities.
    • Maintain child’s self-esteem
    • Are not demeaning in their feedback to a child (i.e. no taunting or teasing of children who learn or move more slowly)
    • Help girls live and work together as a unit.
    • Facilitate communication, conflict resolution and problem solving within the unit.
    • Help girls develop individual responsibility.
    • Keep supervisor informed of plans, problems, camper needs and challenges as needed.
    • Be aware of the ongoing medical needs of campers.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Skills & Experience


    • Ability to assist with lessons at the barn.
    • Ability to make decisions and act wisely and calmly in emergency situations.
    • Maturity in problem solving and decision making.
    • Ability to make observations and complete paperwork.
    • Ability to follow lesson plans.
    • Good communication skills.
    • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
    • Ability to walk over strenuous terrain to all areas of camp.
    • Live on site for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer.
    • Current certification in American Red Cross or equivalent First Aid and CPR.
    • Provide proof of USA citizenship or appropriate alien documentation.
    • Understanding of the needs, abilities and interests of girls.
    • Completed high school junior year.
    • Provide proof of USA citizenship or appropriate Alien documentation.
    • Must be able to complete and clear a MVR, and Criminal background check.


    Essential Functions

    • Stamina to keep up with active children.
    • Ability to traverse rough and uneven terrain.
    • Enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.
    • Willing to help children learn and grow.
    • Experience working with horses and children.
    • Stamina to live in an outdoor setting.
    • Ability to motivate and coach children and horses.


    Physical Working Conditions

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to stand; walk on uneven surfaces; sit; handle or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.

    • The employee must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
    • Work is performed in the outdoors with regular exposure to insects and wildlife; weather conditions prevalent at the time (i.e.: heat and humidity, rain and storms); and walking several miles a day at a brisk pace.
    • Noise level is usually minimal to moderate.


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