Full-Time Position With Benefits
Major/Essential Duties of the Job:
The Equine Specialist/Stable Manager reports to the Director of Therapeutic Recreation of Hendrick Home for Children. Key areas of responsibility for this role include daily management of barn, feeding, administration of medications and supplements, identification of animals in need of care, riding and training horses, and ensuring horses are suitable for campus programming. This job role is primarily concerned with placing safety as the top priority and ensuring children and adult participants are safe.
The Equine Specialist/Stable Manager will be responsible for:
- Maintaining a positive environment and serving as a positive role model for children and staff.
- Maintaining and modeling appropriate boundaries for children and staff.
- Attending staff meetings and team meetings.
- Maintain professional certifications including EAGALA and other related disciplines.
- Function as Equine Specialist in a professional therapeutic team.
- Maintaining strict client confidentiality in accordance with licensed therapist’s mental health licensing ethical requirements.
- Teaching horsemanship, horseback riding, and skills related to the barn.
- Function as “team lead” for other non-professional barn/stable employees.
- Inventory management of barn resources.
- Maintain cleanliness and organization of facility, including stalls, breezeway, classroom and auxiliary rooms, and arena, both indoor and outdoor.
- Remain active in Big Country horse community and provide opportunities for children to participate in activities related to skills learned at the barn. To include 4H, county arena playdays, cowboy church events, local rodeos, and other related opportunities.
- Network in local horse community for partnerships of various kinds which would expand children’s knowledge of horse culture.
- Maintain active relationship with veterinary community to ensure ongoing services to equestrian center.
- Ability to operate various farm equipment, such as tractor/implement, truck/trailer, and other related equipment (non-CDL).
- Facilitate the horse donations program by acting as liaison between donors and the Director of Therapeutic Recreation.
- In conjunction with Director of Therapeutic Recreation:
- Training children on barn operations, animal care, horsemanship and safety, horseback riding, land management, and other related areas.
- Programming individual and group equine assisted psychotherapy opportunities weekly.
- Maintain records according to various disciplines such as vet care, facilities maintenance, employee management, and therapeutic client notes as required by professional licensing and certifications held.
- Provide periodic training to staff regarding equine assisted psychotherapy best practices in accordance with various professional certification processes, including active EAGALA community participation.
- Provide periodic updates to administration and other Hendrick Home staff to keep team informed about equestrian center offerings.
- Assist with clinical team programming such as life skills training and experiential learning program.
- High School Diploma required.
- Minimum of 3 years of professional equestrian-related hours (per EAGALA standards) or equivalent experience in seasoned horse profession or working/tending to horses.
- Childcare experience preferred.
- Stable management background.
- Basic understanding of veterinary terminology.
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