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Equine Manager

South Kortright, New York 13842
United States
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Date Posted: 04/17/2019 | Last Updated: 04/17/2019
Assistant Manager, Manager - General
Positions Available:
Full Time
Annual Salary Range:
Not Specified
Minimum Education Level:
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job:
Any Breed
Languages Required:
Any Language
Drivers license required?
Commercial drivers license required?
Own car required?
Pets allowed?
Non-smoker required?
Live on site?
Will pay to relocate?
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft   in
Weight:   lbs
About The Facility
Rosemary Farm Sanctuary, Inc, is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that rescues horses in dire need, and protects them for life. This is provided either with a strict adoption contract or with actual care here at our facility. We are located on a 100 acre plus historic farm in Delaware County, and are currently providing sanctuary for 80+ horses on our mountain home. We have a diverse population of breeds and medical needs and training needs that we manage daily. Some will be prepared for adoption, others will remain with us for life. Our care focuses on comprehensive rehabilitation of each horse, to restore it to its full health and potential as much as possible. To this end, we use a wide combination of care, including large herd groups and fields for those able, as well as private paddocks for those who need more care, and state of the art medical evaluation and care in partnership with several leading regional veterinarian practices. Our focus is to put the needs of the horse first, and is a unique workplace for many of these reasons.

• Rosemary Farm is a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) accredited facility.
• Since its inception, Rosemary Farm has helped over 220 equines.
• Many of our horses, for physical and behavioral reasons, are with us for life; others are rehabbed and trained by our on-staff trainer to prepare for adoption.
• We work extensively with Rhinebeck Equine LLP ( and Cornell University’s veterinary program to provide comprehensive medical care, including cutting edge surgical options for horses with severe issues.
• We have a growing staff of two full and four part time employees and a small group of regular weekly volunteers.
• We have a large supporter/individual donor base, with over 330,000 followers on Facebook.
• We have been featured on National Geographic:
• We have been featured on I LOVE NY as part of annual campaigns to attract visitors to the Catskills region.

From our mission statement: “Working closely with our professional team of equine specialists, we make our decisions based on what is best for each horse and the sanctuary family. Our horses live in dynamic natural environments, in herd groups, creating vital bonds that are honored and protected. We educate horse owners and the general public about how they can improve both the physical and emotional guardianship of horses."
Job Description
We are seeking an energetic, motivated and dedicated Equine Manager to join our management team. In this role, you will be responsible for the overall health and well-being of our large population of equines, providing varying levels of care from emergent to rehabilitative to ongoing maintenance. You will oversee day-to-day barn operations, barn staff and volunteers, providing leadership, supervision and training as needed. You will also work with our service partners (veterinarians, farriers, trainers, etc.), suppliers, visitors and the public, ensuring all have a safe and positive experience. Finally, you will act as an ambassador for Rosemary Farm Sanctuary, promoting our mission and demonstrating the magic of our work.

Horse Care
• Oversee daily care of equines including food, water and medication.
• Ensure that all equines have access to clean, fresh water at all times.
• Ensure that all equines have turnout and access to proper shelter at all times.
• Monitor eating habits, behavior and overall physical and emotional health of all equines, reporting changes/concerns to the Executive Director.
• Develop and manage rehabilitative and care plans, in partnership with the Executive Director.
• Develop and manage socialization and enrichment programs for equines, in partnership with the Executive Director.
• Develop and manage equine development activities in partnership with the Executive Director.
• Develop and maintain relationships with veterinarians, farriers, dentists, etc. Schedule and manage regular and emergency appointment schedule.
• Develop and maintain relationships with trainers. Schedule and manage appointment schedule.
• Establish and maintain detailed, up-to-date equine records reflecting all care and development per Rosemary Farm protocol.
• Move and transport equines as needed.
• Treat all equines with kindness and respect.
• Ensure proper handling and control of equines in all environments.

Barn Operations
• Ensure that all facilities are clean, free of debris/contaminants, meets safety standards and presents a professional appearance at all times.
• Develop and manage cleaning schedules including daily, weekly and periodic tasks.
• Manage ordering and inventory of feed, hay, supplements, medical supplies, bedding, tack and other supplies in a timely manner.
• Identify needed repairs to facilities, reporting needs to the Executive Director.
• Utilize equipment appropriately and maintain high safety standards.

• Interview, hire, evaluate, mentor and terminate barn staff.
• Manage barn schedule, ensuring adequate coverage of daily work.
• Collect, review, approve and submit timesheets.
• Develop and maintain staff and volunteer training manual.
• Train barn staff and volunteers on responsibilities in accordance with Rosemary Farm policies, procedures and safety protocols.
• Communicate daily with barn staff and volunteers regarding changes and special needs.
• Provide regular feedback to staff on their performance, reinforcing good work and correcting problems in a positive and supportive fashion.
• Recognize and reward growth and development of team members.
• Maintain a culture that keeps morale high, promotes job satisfaction and encourages retention.

Additional Responsibilities
• Provide detailed daily updates on equine operations to Executive Director.
• Lead tours of the Sanctuary for public visitors and guests, ensuring a safe and positive experience.
• Engage in equine experiences provided to public visitors and guests, ensuring a safe and positive experience.
• Participate in adoption inquiry, development and finalization as needed.
• Provide requested updates to support fundraising efforts.
• Take initiative and identify improvements to Sanctuary operations.
• Be an ambassador for Rosemary Farm Sanctuary to volunteers, visitors and the general public, promoting our mission and demonstrating the magic of our Sanctuary.’
• Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
• Other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements
Skills & Experience
• Previous experience managing a professional barn, equine sanctuary, equine rescue or other progressive jobs responsible for handling and providing daily care for equines required.
• Degree in Equine studies or related field, or certification as a Veterinary • Technician preferred. Equivalent work experience will be considered.
• Demonstrated management and leadership skills and experience managing staff.
• Experience managing a budget.
• Experience managing and negotiating with vendors.
• Comfortable handling equines with behavioral issues which may include shyness, fearfulness and reactivity.
• Knowledgeable about breeds, characteristics and care needs of equines.
• Knowledgeable about equine medical problems, signs and response protocol.
• Previous experience working with equines with natural horsemanship techniques preferred.
• Strong interpersonal, listening and communication skills.
• Good a multi-tasking and paying attention to details.
• Able to handle confidential situation and sensitive information.
• Able to exercise good judgment and make independent decisions based on knowledge at hand.
• Demonstrated ability to interact with the general public.
• Able to professionally represent Rosemary Farm Sanctuary and our mission.
• Team player, low ego, willing to learn and share knowledge.
• Basic computer experience (Microsoft, Outlook, etc.)
• Experience operating a variety of vehicles and pulling a trailer preferred.
• Valid drivers license.
• Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

Physical Requirements
• Must be able to perform strenuous and repetitive physical activity on a daily basis including but not limited to: shoveling, mucking, poop scooping, lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, bending, walking, climbing up and down ladders, and climbing into and out of vehicles.
• Must be able to routinely lift 50-75 pounds.
• Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to about 100 degrees.
• Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time throughout the day.
• Must be able to work around allergens like hay, dust, and animals.
Competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include paid time off, a health insurance stipend and the opportunity to join a friendly staff in a growing, GFAS-verified animal rescue. Relocation assistance is available. Rosemary Farm Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.
Description of Housing Provided
Relocations assistance is available.