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Farm Manager

Andover, Massachusetts 01810
United States
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Date Posted: 07/07/2021 | Last Updated: 07/07/2021
Manager - Private Farm, Therapeutic Riding Program
Positions Available:
Full Time
Annual Salary Range:
Not Specified
Minimum Education Level:
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job:
Languages Required:
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
Challenge Unlimited is a non-profit organization located at Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell Street, Andover, MA, that serves about 1500 individuals annually with a budget of $1.5 million. Its mission is: To provide therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using the resources of the farm and its environment to help all involved experience joy and enhanced quality of life. The 19+ acre property includes two arenas, three houses and various outbuildings and supports a herd of 30+ horses and other animals used to help people with a broad spectrum of abilities. Individuals served include children, teens and adults representing 24 different diagnoses, veterans and first responders with Post Traumatic Stress, seniors with memory impairment, people affected by cancer, people in recovery from addiction, and children and teens from the inner cities. The organization is governed by a board of directors and managed daily by a 40+/- member staff with the help of more than 200 weekly volunteers.
Job Description
The Farm Manager will work to maintain the properties at Ironstone Farm so that they are safe, healthy, clean and aesthetically beautiful at all times. This includes care and maintenance of the grounds, the buildings, horse paddocks and any other facility requirements for managing the equine programs and people served by Ironstone Farm. The Farm Manager will work with the Herd Manager to ensure the safety and health of the herd of 34 horses.
Job Requirements
- Establish an annual plan and budget for facility improvements and maintenance needs.
- Maintain property to provide a safe and user friendly environment that is “home” for Ironstone’s animals, staff, volunteers and clients.
- Work with the Herd Manager to ensure that paddocks and barns are kept clean and safe daily.
- Maintain woodlot to be healthy and safe.
- Maintain all buildings and work with program staff to ensure that program delivery areas meet the needs of the programs.
- Maintain or oversee maintenance of all rolling stock.
- Oversee maintenance of flower beds and lawn care for an aesthetically beautiful environment at all times.
- Work with staff to ensure facility needs of any special events being hosted by the organization.
- Nurture and encourage volunteer participation by being available to create or oversee work activities for volunteers.
- Ensure winter safety and accessibility with winter maintenance plan, including daily sanding of trafficked areas, safe accessibility for morning and night feeders, safe access to trails, walkways and roadways, and timely plowing for early morning farm access.
- Work with the town fire department to ensure a safe environment according to town requirements.
- Maintain or oversee maintenance of all equipment so that annual inspections are up to date and emergency tools are always accessible, such as fire alarms, extinguishers, etc.
- Work with the insurance provider to ensure all safety recommendations are met.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and work with all staff to support the Challenge Unlimited mission.
- Be flexible and positive in all staff and volunteer relations.
Health insurance, 403b (equivalent to 401k), Access to Aflac, possible housing
Description of Housing Provided
Either a split level 3 bedroom home or an apartment two bedroom.