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Departmental Assistant - Equine Barn

Apply now Job no: 509983
Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Center for Agriculture
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited, Agriculture/Extension

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 

Job Summary

The Departmental Assistant serves as support staff to UMass Hadley Farm Equine Program.  Assists barn manager in the daily maintenance of animal health, well-being, and feeding of University horses and related facilities. Assists with the teaching, research, and outreach programs conducted at the UMass Hadley Farm.

 

Essential Functions

  • Coordinates and participates in the daily care of University Equine Herd under direction of Equine Barn Manager.
  • Feeds and waters horses, handles horses during turn in / turn out. Cleans stalls, sheds, and turnouts daily.
  • Operates equipment (trucks, UTVs, tractors) as necessary to facilitate management of University equine herd.
  • Aids equine faculty and staff in teaching, research, and outreach projects.
  • Assists with administering of veterinary, farrier, and other matters of animal care.
  • Assesses health and well-being of equine herd, notifies management or on-call veterinarian of any issues immediately.
  • Participates in keeping of medical and other records at equine facility.
  • Maintains standards of facility cleanliness and biosecurity.
  • Inspects equine facilities and reports any issues to management.
  • Oversees student employees under direction of Equine Barn Manager.

 

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction. Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • High School Diploma.
  • Minimum 1 year’s cumulative full-time experience in the care and management of horses.
  • Ability to operate farm machinery (tractors, trucks, UTVs, etc.) in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Knowledge of and ability to recognize equine disease/illness.
  • Valid Class D Driver’s License and ability to maintain said license.
  • Ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize goals; ability to collaborate well to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with overall college goals; ability to identify and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.

 

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Associates degree in equine management or similar field preferred.
  • 2 year’s cumulative full-time experience in the care and management of horses preferred.
  • Experience with handling of stallions.
  • Experience with handling foals.
  • Experience in the troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of electric fencing.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, precipitation, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to lift 50 lbs.

 

Additional Details

  • Must be available to work off hours for emergencies.
  • Must be available to work holidays on a rotating schedule.

 

Work Schedule

Friday – Sunday, 7AM – 4PM with 1-hour unpaid lunch period (24 scheduled hours per week).  Additional hours Monday – Thursday per diem.

 

Salary Information

$17.00 per Hour

Temporary, non-benefitted position

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  

 

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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