The Orme School was established in 1929 by the Orme Family and is located in beautiful central Arizona. We are a nonprofit school and we pride ourselves on our close-knit and extremely diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a family atmosphere for staff, faculty and students. Our college preparatory boarding program serves students in grades 8 through a Post Graduate year. Orme’s oasis-like location and history provide a unique career opportunity. We maintain high academic expectations and also offer excellent athletic and arts programs, horsemanship, gardening and sustainability initiatives, and outdoor exploration. Most of our faculty live on campus in faculty housing, and are involved in academics, extra-curricular activities, and residential education as teachers, coaches, mentors, and advisors. A career at The Orme School is much more than a job; it is about being welcomed into our healthy, distinct and supportive community.

The School is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law.

Hiring Status

Assistant Director of Horsemanship

The Orme School is a private college-preparatory boarding school with a strongly rooted Horsemanship Program stemming from its origins as a cattle ranch. Our Horsemanship Program stays true to its history and focuses on Western style riding. We compete in both Ranch Sorting competitions and Ranch Riding shows. We also believe in producing well rounded riders and try to expose our students to many disciplines. The Assistant Director of Horsemanship will assist the Director in all aspects of managing horses and instructing students so that the lives of each are improved. This is a year round position.

  • Duties
    Assist Director of Horsemanship in all tasks.
    Assist in teaching Horsemanship.
    Coach junior varsity, after school horsemanship activity. 
    Maintain calendar of horsemanship events.
    Maintain riding schedule for school horses.
    Maintain horse files (farrier work, donations, feeding, injuries, tack, etc.).
    Schedule farrier visits.
    Catalog equipment and tack.
    Treat and medicate horses, and schedule vet visits.
    Manage email communications..
    Outreach communications (Alumni and Marketing).
    Order hay.
    Lead trail rides for students, summer camps and alumni.
    Barn chores, turnouts, feeding.
  • Requirements
    Strong background in equitation (Both Western and English preferred).
    Experience teaching riding lessons.
    Experience schooling horses.
    Desire to work with children and young adults.
    Bandaging and injections.
    Polo and shipping wrapping.
    Safety should always be priority.

Preferred Skills – Experience driving a horse trailer.

Additional Information – Housing provided. Meals with students and campers. Horse Boarding.

If interested in this position, please send a letter of interest, resume and three references to Douglas Owens, Director of Horsemanship, at dowens@ormeschool.org.