Stable Assistant
Mount Holyoke College

Job Order #: 19618317

South Hadley, MA 01075

Part Time

24 hours per week

POSTED 9/11/2023

EXPIRES 10/11/2023

Job Description

Stable Assistant
Position Type: Staff Part-time
Hours per week: 24  
Weeks per year: 52
Work Schedule: Sunday through Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Equestrian Center management reserves the right to change schedule for organizational efficiency.
Salary: $16.00 per hour (with Benefits)

Department Summary & Job Purpose:
The position entails tending to the horses residing at Mount Holyoke College's stables and ensuring that the facility and equipment are kept in good condition. Moreover, it entails fostering a congenial atmosphere for new students, boarders, potential students, and the community. The timetable for this job varies depending on the season.

Core Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensuring that horses have access to clean hay and fresh water is crucial.
- Proper horse nutrition is ensured by diligently adhering to grain cards and meticulously tracking supplement levels. Whenever supplements are running low, reminders are immediately sent out to either the boarders or the stable manager.
- Efficiently managing horse turnout and expertly implementing rotational turnout schedules.
- The daily task involves cleaning 12-13 stalls, with the possibility of needing to do more cleaning on occasion. The stable management is dedicated to reducing the need for extra cleaning.
- To maintain stability, it is necessary to perform tasks such as sweeping, cobwebbing, cleaning wash stalls and outside tubs, mucking paddocks, and disposing of trash and hay.
- Responsibilities encompass routine upkeep of the facility, seasonal duties such as arena grooming and paddock preparation, and ad hoc tasks like sanitizing knee walls and ensuring readiness for boarders' arrival.
- As a stable assistant, you will be assigned a group of school horses for which you will be responsible for their care and maintenance. This includes providing basic first aid after consulting with the Stable Manager or Director. If any first aid training is required, it will be provided. You are expected to know the average temperature of a horse, any usual lumps, bumps, or swellings, their normal behavior, drinking habits, and turn-out preferences.

Essential qualifications for this position include practical knowledge of horse handling, husbandry, and general farm work. The perfect candidate should possess the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. A basic understanding of computers and horse rehabilitation care is preferred, or at least the willingness to acquire such knowledge. Our company is looking for a dedicated employee who can commit to a long-term employment arrangement.

Background Checks:
Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

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Special Instructions for Applicants:
Apply online; application materials must include:
1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae
3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references. For a complete job description and how to apply visit:


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