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We are searching for some superstars to assist us with our important work with our outreach and Equine Assisted Learning programmes. If you have strong equine handling and welfare knowledge, and are comfortable working with people from a range of backgrounds, read on…

Volunteer Position Titles: Equine Assistant, Equine Assisted Learning volunteer and Equine Assistant, Outreach volunteer

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

Position Title:                   Equine Assistant: Equine Assisted Learning 
and Outreach

Contract Type:                 Volunteer position

Location:                             Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow             

Reporting to:                     EAL Coordinator and Riding School Manager

Festina Lente is currently looking for Equine Assistants to volunteer during weekly scheduled sessions. Must have awareness of Equine Behaviour and Equine Communication as demonstrated within an EAL environment.

An excellent understanding of horse welfare issues.

Some experience of working with a wide variety of people – including children, teenagers, youth at risk and adults. All Festina Lente volunteers must be Garda vetted.

Ability to work closely as part of a team with the EAL/Outreach Facilitator.

The EAL Programme runs Mondays and Fridays only, with sessions between 9am – 12pm and 3pm – 5.30pm.
The Outreach Programme runs weekday mornings Tuesday – Thursday inclusive, normally between 9.30am and 1pm. Volunteer will be needed for 1 or 2 mornings.


Job Description for EAL Volunteer Position:

Prepare horses and the arena for sessions.

Bringing horses in and out of a session. 

Ability to monitor horse behaviour without impacting on/influencing the outcome of a session. 

Awareness of any possible safety concerns.

Job Description for Outreach Volunteer Position:

Getting horses and the Outreach van ready for the visit.

Assisting with the Outreach visit itself and interacting with service users and staff.

Bringing ponies to the field.

Ability to monitor horse and human behaviour, take into account any possible safety concerns and adapt accordingly whilst out on site.   

Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge and understanding of ethical equine welfare and management
  • Have strong equine handling experience.
  • Have some experience of working with young people who have experienced social and/or economic disadvantage
  • Fluent English
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of being a team player
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to work on your own initiative

If these positions seem like a good fit for you, please fill in our online application form here. For any questions, please contact Elspeth Hocking at or 01 272 0704 ext 209

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