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Equine Facilitated Education Programme and (EFEP) Supported Helpers Programme (SHP) Facilitator

Festina Lente Mission Statement

The mission of Festina Lente is to provide a range of integrated training, occupational, learning and employment opportunities to people with disabilities.  These services are provided through equestrianism, horticulture and community-based activities with an emphasis on choice, personal development and progression.  The services are provided through the following:

  • Equestrian Training Programme
  • Transition Training Programme
  • Festina Lente Riding School
  • Equine Assisted Learning
  • Equine Facilitated Education Programme 
  • Therapeutic Riding Service
  • Saol Anois Day Service
  • Festina Lente Gardens

Festina Lente was established in 1988 and over the years has developed a wide range of equestrian related activities to people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of learning styles.  Central to this is the role of the horse and its’ capacity to facilitate each person in their preferred activity or programme.

Job Title:             Equestrian Facilitated Education Programme / Supported Helper Programme Facilitator (Pobal Funded Employment Scheme)

Location:             Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow           

Reporting to:      Chief Executive Officer

Liaising with:      Yard Manager

Responsible to:   Chief Executive Officer

Main purpose:       The principle aim of this position is to support young people at risk of social and / or economic disadvantage focussing on social and emotional learning and those with special needs to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to help in an equestrian environment with an aim to build confidence, self – esteem, independence and team work.  The two main programmes are the Equestrian Facilitated Educational Programme (EFEP) and the Supported Helper Programme. All activities are ground based and do not involve riding the horses.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Your principal duties and responsibilities will be:

  1. Working with between 1 – 4 young people each morning and afternoon in the following activities:
    • Social & Emotional learning horse activities
    • Grooming
    • Mucking Out
    • Bringing Horses to and from the fields
    • Preparing feeds and hays
    • Leading
  • Liaising with relevant personnel from the schools referring the young people, as well as parents’/key workers for those attending the Supported Helper Programme.
  • Keeping relevant records as is relevant to the programme
  • Ensuring the welfare of horses that are involved in the programmes
  • To comply with the Health & Safety requirements of the organisation and of legislation
  • To attend staff meetings and training as required
  • To build and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, learners & service users
  • Communicating and liaising with weekend part-time staff
  • Update + maintain timetables and salesforce
  • This job description is not exhaustive and other duties may be assigned from time to time in accordance with the needs of the service.  This job description may be revised to take account of changing circumstances and requirements.

Other Duties will include:

  • Providing support and/or supervision in the Equestrian Yard
  • To contribute to the overall strategic planning of Festina Lente

PERSON SPECIFICATION: The person appointed to this role will ideally meet the following requirements:

  • Relevant third level qualification in social care or equivalent
  • Suitable and relevant experience of working with horses
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of working with young people in a supervisory capacity
  • Experience with Equine Assisted Learning activities an advantage
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office essential


Employment Commencement Date: Monday 24th June 2019

Salary: €27,000 – €29,000 pro rata (Pobal Supported Employment Programme)

Pension: Employees have access to PRSA scheme. 

Annual Leave:

Annual Leave will be 21 days per annum (pro rata).  Entitlement to Public Holidays will be in accordance with the Working Time Act of 1997 (pro rata).  Compulsory Leave must be taken at:

  • August (School Holidays)
  • Christmas (School Holidays)

The remaining annual leave must be taken during school holidays (mid-terms, Easter and July)

Working hours

39 hour working week Monday to Friday with a 60-minute unpaid lunch break at 1.00pm.

Daily Roster:  

To be agreed

Duration of contract

This is a full-time contract subject to on-going Pobal financial support.

Travel & Subsistence:

A fleet of vehicles is available. However, there may be a requirement from time to time to travel in your own vehicle.  If and when these occasions arise, expenses will be paid in accordance with Festina Lente travel rates

Location of the position

Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.


Closing Date for Applications: Sunday 4th August 2019

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Jill Carey at or 0863549755

Application forms can be found on our website .

Interviews will be held Monday 12th August 2019

Please Note:

The Interview will consist of two parts:  The formal and first part of the interview will consist of a panel interview and the second part will be a practical assessment of your horsemanship skills. 

Both parts are likely to take approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours in total.

Please dress appropriately for the practical session.  This clothing will be acceptable for the formal interview also.


Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on the criteria for the position as outlined in this job description. 

A file may be formed for future vacancies.


Garda Vetting for all employees and volunteers is compulsory and those candidates invited for interview will be asked to complete a Garda Vetting form for submission at that time.

The successful candidate will be provided with a copy of the Festina Lente Child Protection Policy and will be required to sign their acceptance of the contents of this document.

A Mandatory Declaration Form must be signed in advance of commencement of employment.

Festina Lente is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sections of society