Equine Support Staff

Arivaca Boy’s Ranch is seeking an experienced equine support staff member to assist in our equine therapy and horse training program.

Arivaca Boy’s Ranch is an inpatient behavioral health residential facility for teenage boys (aged 13-17). The boys have various individual struggles including anger management, histories of trauma, substance abuse, attachment and mood disorders, and mental health diagnoses. We use equine therapy coupled with Arbinger philosophies of relationship building, as well as traditional individual, group and family therapy.

Our program is committed to providing Trauma-Informed Care principles throughout every aspect of treatment.


Candidates should have a pro-active mindset and desire to facilitate success in our program. They should have a good knowledge of “Natural Horsemanship” and a disposition to work with energetic adolescent boys.

Each boy in our program is assigned is own horse to train. Our goal is to help them make a connection between their horse and human relationships, to develop confidence, self-esteem, and to form a secure partnership with their horse.


  • The right candidate will be enthusiastic about learning our current structure and will bring their own strengths and knowledge to this approach.

  • Work one-on-one with our boys, help them learn basic techniques of horse training and facilitate their therapeutic journey.

  • Manage and care for equipment.

  • Provides patient care and guidance as needed in a supportive and empathetic manner.

  • Help care for our horses, occasionally assist with barn management.

  • Be open to learning and implementing Arbinger principles as part of the horse training experience (Although helpful, no prior knowledge of Arbinger is necessary, the candidate will receive Arbinger training and resources upon employment)

Requirements & Experience:

  • At least 3 years of experience in a ranch environment utilizing natural horsemanship principles

  • Experience teaching horse riding, or in equine therapy will be highly regarded

  • Experience working with youth will also be highly regarded.

  • A desire to work with youth is essential

  • Must be over 21 years of age

Must be able to pass a criminal background check and obtain a level 1 clearance card

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience.

We are a Drug-Free Company. All positions at Arivaca Boys Ranch are designated as “Safety Sensitive”; it is essential that all employees on the ranch are alert and attentive at all times. Following an offer of employment, and prior to reporting to work, all applicants will be required to submit to and pass a substance abuse screen.

Arivaca Boys Ranch is an equal opportunity employer and does not make hiring decisions based on age, race, gender, religion, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To Apply, please email a resume and all relevant documentation to: info @arivacaboysranch.com