We’re looking for someone really great to join our team as Barn Manager. You must be able to effectively manage both horses and people.
As barn manager, your top priority will be the proper care and maintenance of the horses in and staff in the barn. This includes (but is not limited to):
Feeding, supplements, and all of the horses’ nutritional needs and any medications
Cleaning stalls, as well as barn cleaning and maintenance
Vet, farrier, and specialist appointments and scheduling
Ordering of supplies and feed (and managing to budget)
Setting the overall schedule of the staff/team to ensure coverage 7 days a week
Hiring and training of new employees
Coordinating the flow of communication and lesson schedules between the various trainers
Communicating and coordinating changes in barn operations with owners
In essence, the barn manager will be responsible for the overall operations of the farm so that the owners can enjoy time with their horses.
What We Think Makes a Great Barn Manager
We believe the following are traits of a great barn manager:
Strong organizational skills – With so many moving pieces and components involved with being a barn manager, the right person must be able to wear many hats and juggle a lot of balls. There are things that must be done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually to keep things running smoothly. It’s the barn manager’s job to stay on top of everything.
Extensive horse knowledge – Since he or she is often the one overseeing each horse’s daily care and feeding, it’s important for the barn manager to have a solid understanding of equine nutrition, basic equine medical treatments, and all elements of daily horse care.
Great interpersonal skills – The barn manager will interact with both employees and clients on a daily basis, and therefore needs to be an effective communicator with the ability to listen and work with others, and to deal with any conflict or problems should they arise. The attitude of the barn manager often really sets the tone for the barn environment – either positively or negatively.
Dedication – Commitment to the job and to the health of the horses is the top priority. Should a problem or emergency situation arise after hours, your availability will be required until resolved.
Reliability – Running a barn is a rain-or-shine kind of job. The barn manager is responsible for making sure someone is on staff to care for the horses 7 days a week.
The barn manager will be accountable to the barn owners. Pay based on experience. Salary + performance bonuses. Referenced will be required.
Please email resume, salary expectations and a brief summary of why you’re the right person for the job to firstname.lastname@example.org.