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Assistant Barn Manager

ABINGDON, Virginia 24211
United States
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Date Posted: 01/19/2022 | Last Updated: 01/19/2022
Assistant Manager
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
Job Description
Assistant Barn Manager

Accepting applications

About this position

The Department is part of a historic liberal arts college in Emory, Virginia, USA, on a rural campus in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains. Committed to excellence in teaching and mentored undergraduate research, the Department of Equine Studies is one of the college’s most vibrant and successful programs. The Assistant Barn Manager is responsible for assisting the Barn Manager with the care and management of approximately 80 college owned horses and 15 student boarded horses in a collegiate setting.

This job requires proficiency in all aspects of horse care including first aid, bandaging, feeding, maintaining accurate records, supervision of student workers, excellent management skills and organizational skills are required. The assistant barn manager is proficient in administration of intramuscular and intravenous injections and driving a horse trailer, tractors and other farm equipment. Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work independently with a demonstrated eagerness to understand all aspects of the operational matters of the barn. Physical requirements include an ability to sit and stand and walk for extended periods of time, as well as an ability to lift, carry, and move 50 pounds repeatedly. Candidates must read, speak and understand English and have a valid driver's license.

Minimum of 50 hours per week. Schedule will require weekends and the candidate should be flexible with hours needed for each week as the need arises. The assistant barn manager will live on site and will be responsible for night check every night. During events or emergencies at the barn the candidate is expected to be present and on-call. The Assistant Barn Manager will assist the Emory & Henry College team with routine barn and horse care throughout the week and weekends.

The barn assistant’s first and primary responsibility each day is to help complete routine barn chores, which include cleaning stalls, blanketing/un-blanketing of horses(seasonal), bringing-in/turning-out of horses, picking horses feet after turn-out, dumping/scrubbing/filling water buckets, feeding and haying horses, stocking hay bales, sweeping the aisle way and making meals for the horses. The Assistant Barn Manager will use the remainder of his/her time to complete additional chores to include but not limited to:

Managing barn staff members on weekends and working closely with the Barn Manager on days when their schedules overlap

Assigning, supervising and assisting with daily tasks on weekends

Contributing to the maintenance, health and proper care of school and boarder horses

Assisting with Equestrian Center facilities and grounds maintenance and upkeep to ensure a clean and safe environment

Assisting with veterinary and farrier visits

Assisting with tacking and lunging, and riding as needed

Watering and Dragging arenas

Communicating closely with Director and Barn Manager as issues arise and working closely with the Barn Manager to insure smooth daily operations

Completing additional tasks as required by Director or Barn Manager

The Barn Manager and Assistant Manager will set a routine for these chores to be used regularly; however, specific or time-sensitive chores may replace the weekly routine at the Barn Manager’s discretion.

Working Conditions:

Work will be performed at Emory & Henry College Intermont Equestrian Center in Bristol, Virginia. The Equestrian Studies Department is part of a historic liberal arts college in Emory, Virginia, USA, on a rural campus in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains. Working conditions will include working outside in all four seasons typically found in the region and in all weather conditions.

About our ideal candidate


This job requires extensive horse management knowledge, an equine studies degree or similar is preferred.

Skills Needed:

Previous experience working with horses management experience preferred

Organized, neat

Reliable – shows up on time, consistently

GREAT communication skills – will ask questions, great listener, open to learning

Someone willing to pitch in where needed, but, can get their own work done in a timely and effective way

About us
Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry College has devoted itself since 1836 to the belief that education can have a transformative effect on an individual, a place and ultimately the wider world.

Emory & Henry College is named for Bishop John Emory, an eminent Methodist church leader, and Patrick Henry, a patriot of the American Revolution and Virginia’s first governor. Together they symbolize the college’s dual emphasis on spiritual growth and civic engagement.

Inspired by the motto “Increase in Excellence,” the first faculty challenged students to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and physically.

Today, our mission continues to focus on students as they follow a path of intellectual and spiritual growth on their way to successful futures. That mission, in turn, is extended to others through a broad program of active engagement and community service.

You will discover that Emory & Henry is a place of promise made up of warm-hearted, caring people who care about your fulfillment. This is a community that embraces people from all walks of life as they work together to improve the individual and the world. We are people with a mission and a long history devoted to transforming lives and increasing excellence.

Emory & Henry College provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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