Barn Manager Job Description

Organizational Overview: Giant Steps is dedicated to enriching lives through the power of horses, team, and community. Through the excellence of our equine assisted programs, people of all ages, means, and challenges experience the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and activities. Pre-COVID, we were serving 145+ clients each week as well as various clients through targeted programming. We are building back to those levels.

Position Overview: The Barn Manager will oversee the recruitment, care, and training of the Giant Steps horses, work collaboratively with staff to train and support volunteers in working with the horses, and partner with the Program Director to manage the maintenance of the barn and facilities. Our hope is that the Barn Manager will also be or become a PATH Certified Instructor, but that is not a requirement of the position. The Barn Manager reports to the Program Director.

Work Schedule:  32 hours per week, including at least one weekend day. (Holidays required (shared with other staff) as well as off-hour duties in case of medical emergencies. Work will occur at the barn. **Hours would increase to 40 hours per week should the individual become a PATH Certified Riding Instructor.**

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Horse Care

  • Create, update, and oversee the implementation of weekly feed, supplement, medication, care, exercise and schooling checklist.
  • Develop a nutrition plan for our senior horses.
  • Give horses basic first aid and oral and IM medications, when needed.
  • Welcome and train new volunteers in Giant Steps horse handling techniques.
  • Be a Giant Steps ambassador and engage our volunteers in Giant Steps’ mission.
  • Delegate horse preparation activities to volunteer corps, and gently coach them on how to improve, as needed.
  • Exercise and train horses and/or coordinate Giant Steps instructors in doing the horse schooling.
  • Recognize behavior of sick equines and notify Program Director and/or veterinarian as needed.
  • Coordinate and attend appointments with veterinarian, farrier, body worker, and other horse professionals.
  • Manage any horse health emergencies that arise.
  • Maintain horse records in Salesforce.
  • Ongoing assessment of the herd to include horse recruitment and retirement as needed.

Facilities & Equipment Management

  • Ensure the facilities are clean, safe, accessible, and welcoming environment for all.
  • Manage the facility maintenance calendar (including vehicles and trailers).
  • Organize barn opening and closing activities.
  • Ensure all barn and program equipment is up to date and in good condition such as equipment used during lessons, automatic waterers, fences, gates, first aid kits, etc.
  • Routinely assess tack to ensure all is in good condition, and advise Program Director on any future needs.
  • Oversee quarterly tack fitting for all horses and outfit new horses with tack.
  • Welcome and train new volunteers in tack cleaning and maintenance.
  • Organize tack donations and tack drives. Ensure donations are cleaned and assigned for program use or consignment.
  • Daily care and feeding of barn cats as well as scheduling and attending vet visits as needed.

Program Participation

  • Help tack, lead and/or sidewalk in lessons when needed.
  • Teach groundwork and/or adaptive riding lessons if/when certifications are obtained.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience managing care of multiple horses including solid working knowledge of feed, supplements, first aid, and equine behavior and movement
  • Significant riding experience
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities, organize workload, and respond promptly to urgent situations
  • Ability to train and supervise volunteers (and others) who have a wide range of equine skills and abilities for specific tasks; ability to delegate responsibilities with a growth mindset
  • Desire to work cooperatively
  • Comfort working with individuals living with a wide range of disabilities
  • Willingness to take direction, learn new skills, and follow all Giant Steps protocol
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Commitment to Giant Steps’ mission
  • Passion, integrity, respect for confidentiality, and a positive attitude and commitment to Giant Steps’ mission
  • Good customer service ethic and high expectations for quality
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Competent hauling both bumper hitch and fifth wheel trailer
  • Strong preference for PATH Certification as a Certified Riding Instructor
  • Degree in equine science or related field preferred
  • Spanish fluency preferred

Equal Employment Policy: Giant Steps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Giant Steps does not discriminate against qualified employees, volunteers, unpaid interns, or applicants, because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, sexual identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military status, marital status, religion, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law or local ordinance. When necessary, Giant Steps will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with disabilities if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.

Salary range: $24 – $25/hour. [This position it structured for 32-hour/week position. Hours would increase to approx. 40 hours/week once should the candidate become certified as an instructor. Benefits include health insurance, PTO, and retirement.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter articulating your understanding of Giant Steps’ mission and your personal interest in helping to advance that mission, as well as how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to [email protected]. Applications with generic cover letters not specifically addressing the requirements of the position will not be considered.

NOTE: Proof of COVID vaccination is a condition of employment.