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Assistant 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 Assistant Equine Manager to work in our team. You will play a key role in daily care and support of the 80+ horses (and a donkey and two mules), rescued and protected for life in our beautiful country setting in the Catskill Mountains in New York State.

• Perform daily feeding and medication of equine population in accordance with timeframes and protocols.
• Perform equine rehabilitation and care activities including applying and changing bandages, wraps, soaking, and other support as needed.
• Monitor eating habits, behavior and overall physical and emotional health of all equines, reporting changes/concerns to the Equine Manager and/or Executive Director.
• Perform daily turning in and out of equines.
• Provide socialization and enrichment for all equines using techniques outlined by the Executive Director and Equine Manager.
• Work on handling and other development activities with equines using techniques outlined by the Executive Director and Equine Manager.
• Assist with intake, vaccinations, deworming and other equine healthcare procedures under the guide of veterinary professionals and the Executive Director.
• Perform regular hoof care and assist with trimming as needed.
Perform blanketing and do blanket changes of equines as needed.
• Assist in moving and transporting animals as requested.
• Establish and maintain detailed, up-to-date equine records reflecting all care and development.
• Conduct handling and introductions of equines to Sanctuary visitors and prospective adopters.
• Keep the work environment and equipment clean and organized.
• Utilize equipment appropriately and maintain high safety standards.
• Take initiative and identify improvements to sanctuary operations.
• Treat all equines with kindness and respect.
• 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 working with, 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.
• 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 at multi-tasking and paying attention to details.
• Able to handle confidential situations 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.
ª Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
• Must show up on time every day, manage daily schedule and accomplish goals without being pushed.

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, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries accredited animal rescue.

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
Relocation assistance is available.