Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 10930864
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 2
Required Education : Associates Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No
Job Description :
Local employer is seeking a self-motivated, seasoned individual responsible for the feeding and daily care of up to five (5) retired Thoroughbred racehorses, and teaching of juveniles in Ocala, Florida. It is highly desirable that the applicant possess practical/working experience from the track and/or at a Thoroughbred farm, working knowledge on the care of racehorses, skilled in handling the business aspects of the farm, and experience in working with youth in the equine industry. The individual will also be responsible for teaching 7 youth daily in equine care and techniques laid out in the course curriculum.
Essential Farm Duties:
- Provide supplements/special needs treatment of horses (medical, farrier, etc.).
- Clean and maintain stalls and other enclosures .
- Observe animals for signs of illness, injury or unusual behavior; notifying veterinarians or mangers as warranted.
- Work closely with veterinarian to provide treatment to any horse requiring special attention.
- Supervise and schedule the routine vaccinations, de-worming, trimming/shoeing, dental checks and sheath cleaning programs for each horse.
- Maintain necessary inventory of supplies and produce timely requests for supplies as needed.
- Position involves the use of credit cards and timely communication for necessary purchases and approvals for expenses. Maintain records of purchases and turn in invoices/receipts to administrative offices on a timely basis.
- Respond to requests from Herd Manager in a timely fashion.
- Maintain detailed records for each horse in the herd and have records available at request of Herd Manager.
- Must have computer skills to maintain an accurate health record herd database (e.g., Coggins, vet herd wellness check, farrier, worming, and inoculations) and folders on all TRF horses.
- Maintain monthly (or as requested) census of herd as per TRF Policies and Procedures set forth by the Herd Committee.
- Manage manure pile, composting and spreading.
- Chain drag the fields as needed.
- Maintain any and all TRF equipment, keep equipment in operational order.
- Monitor fields and routinely test soil for fertilization needs (if needed).
- Coordinate/oversee fertilization of fields as needed.
- Keep farm clean and orderly.
- Pressure wash and clean building, stalls as needed. Sweep/rake hay and debris from aisle ways Sweep tack/feed/class room area. Remove garbage.
- Repair broken fences, stall doors, etc.
- Painting and waterproofing as needed.
Essential Teaching Duties:
- Responsible for overseeing and executing Youth curriculum for Horse Care.
- Oversee and implement the daily teaching of youth in the farm environment in horse safety, care and techniques as laid out in the curriculum guidelines.
- Develop supporting training materials.
- Research and incorporate outside contacts that will enable the youth to gain employment upon completion of the program.
- Provide interactive daily classroom instruction and demonstration on the following: Barn safety Equine Safety Equine Behavior Equine nutrition Equine business- understanding of management skills needed to run a farm, care for horses, and oversee a business.
- Basic veterinary/care skills as would be needed for daily care of equines.
- Introduction to farrier skills to assess equine wellness, address issues on the farm and work with farriers in the work life.
- Legs and bandaging and related knowledge.
- Other applicable areas as the instructor sees fit and time allows.
- Administer exams prior to completion of course to youth.
- As the program begins and the curriculum is set in motion, Farm Manger will amend curriculum as they, and the DJJ, see fit to work in the time allotted for the youth on the farm that best serves the population.
- Administer exams prior to completion of course to the youth.
- The horses are also teachers, understanding that beyond the classroom and hands on learning with the horses, the youth are gaining valuable life skills by working with the animals themselves.
- Value should be put on the emotional interaction of the youth with he horses, and time taken to ensure that this is highlighted and utilized to best improve the lives of both the horses and youth population in the equine care program.
Other Duties Include, But Not Limited to:
- Maintain all aspects of herd health as per TRF Herd Policies and Procedures.
- Possess organizational management skills such as ordering and stocking hay, grain, supplements, medications and shavings and scheduling routine veterinary, dental, and farrier visits.
- Record keeping and administrative duties as per the TRF Herd Policies and Procedures.
- Ensure safety standards are being met.
- Supervision of volunteers and contract labor (as needed).
Required Qualifications :
- Associates Degree in Equine Husbandry and 2 years of equine experience or High School Diploma and 5 plus years of related equine experience required.
- Experience working with youths and teaching is highly desired.
- Ability to work in all types of weather to ensure proper care of all horses.
- Working knowledge of caring for horses and the ability to teach others about the essential duties.
- Must be able to move about the property.
- Must be able to lift up to 80 pounds.
- Must be physically able to care for horses.
- Professional etiquette and interpersonal skills to deal with any visitors and/or sponsors.
- Organizational skills and detailed oriented.
- Employer conducts evaluation of physical techniques and written certification exam.
- Must have a valid state driver's license for required travel.
- Employer conducts Background check.
Work Schedule: Full Time
Skills :Basic veterinary skills Equine husbandry Teaching/Instructing