Coordinator of Horse Training & Farm Operations (Livestock Technician II) (63038)

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Education and Training Public Health

Job Description

Type of Appointment: Full-time, probationary
Collective Bargaining Unit: Technical & Support Services - Unit 9

Classification Salary Range: $3,522 - $6,374 per month
Anticipated hiring range: $3,522 - $4,473 per month

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled

**Valid California Class A driver's license at the time of hire or within six (6) months from date of hire. Must be added to DOT random drug testing program and able to pass random drug/alcohol test.


The W. K Kellogg Arabian Horse Center (AHC), is dedicated to promoting the legacy of the Kellogg Arabians by providing a venue where students and the public can learn more about the Arabian Horses. The AHC provides an environment where students can learn about the Arabian Horses and the horse industry, supports the learn-by-doing educational mission of the University, and continues the tradition of breeding and raising high quality show horses.


Horse Training
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Coordinator of Horse Training & Farm Operations train weanlings to adult horses and engage students in the process. Horses could have varying degrees of experience from no handling experience to advanced levels of training. Responsibilities include:
¥ Train each horse or foal instilling confidence and ensuring they are safe to handle and ride.
¥ Train young horses under saddle, including but not limited to, starting and developing all late 2-year olds in the fall of their two year old year .
¥ Two year olds will be taught how to lunge and comfortably carry a bit in their mouth, wear various forms of equipment with confidence and without fear, such as a saddle, surcingle, and crupper.
¥ Two year olds will learn the basics of biting and when necessary ground driving in preparation for the first rides.
¥ It is expected that all young horses starting undersaddle will walk, trot, and canter under saddle as a late two year old or early three year old, depending on their date of birth, physical maturity, and mental maturity.
¥ Occasionally a horse may not make this target time; it is understood that all horses will develop and progress at a different rate.
¥ Trainer will communicate with Executive Director the training progress of each horse to make sure that every horse has the chance to be successful and is confident with each phase of the training process while meeting target goals of the program. Develop and implement horse training progress reports and training logs tracking each horse's training activities on a monthly basis.
¥ Horse training will include but are not limited to: Saddle seat, Western, Hunt Seat, driving, trail, halter breaking, first time handling of foals including feet and leg desensitizing, trailer loading and unloading, standing quietly and safely for farrier.
¥ In collaboration with the Executive Director, analyze needs, develop and implement a system, and calendar to evaluate horses with an emphasis on determining which horses will be retained and which will be sold in the annual production sale.

Farm Operations
¥ Coordinate daily tasks and operations of the farm.
¥ Lead and oversee student assistants and student live-ins on day-to-day tasks to meet the long and short term goals of AHC. Train student assistants, monitor their work and provide daily operational feedback.
¥ Provide recommendations to the Executive Director on hiring student assistants
¥ Provide instructional and research support as required, including assisting in instructional activities and helping faculty or students work independently with horses.
¥ Assist in training and developing student riders for the Sunday Shows or when required by providing lessons for students in various programs of the AHC.
¥ Bring issues, concerns, and recommendations regarding performance and operations to the Executive Director's attention.
¥ Work effectively and collegially with other employees, the Executive Director and students, and interact with the public and the Arabian Horse Industry in a professional and congenial manner.
¥ Support and implement University safety policies and procedures. Ensure IACUC policies are followed and assist with inspections as required.
¥ Communicate and coordinate with the Executive Director in a timely manner regarding the identification of health-related problems, medical treatment of horses, the sale of horses, movement of horses within the Horse Center, the transfer of horses to or from the property, the interstate and intrastate and any related matters.
¥ Other duties include: Assist with transporting horses as needed. Assist and lead the movement of horses in pasture, ensuring the pasture health is optimal for the horse's nutritional needs and ascetics of the University.
¥ Administer vaccinations and worming and other routine heard healthcare procedures as directed. Assist veterinarian as needed.
¥ Ensure stable area is kept neat, clean and safe for both horses and people at all times. Stable is to be presentable to the public at all times.

External Relations
¥ Ensure the annual auction production is a well-run and organized event.
¥ After final approval by Executive Director, ensure all sale horses are videoed and posted online 40 days prior to Auction.
¥ Work directly with Auction Company, present sale horses to the public, returning calls or other communications to potential buyers in a timely manner. Representing sale horses to potential buyers with complete transparency, integrity, and full disclosure.
¥ Work with staff and students in the production of public exhibitions of the W. K. Kellogg Arabians. This includes:
¥ Analyze the needs of preparation and exhibition of horses in the center's monthly Sunday Shows that ensurse a well-executed, informative and entertaining program.
¥ Events on and off campus with or without horses to promote the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and the Arabian Horse Breed.
¥ Prepare and present horses to the President's Advisory Committee and the public.
¥ Assist with advancement work by soliciting stallion service donations and other fundraising initiatives as required.

Other duties may be assigned by the Executive Director.


Bachelor's degree in Equine Science, agriculture, or another related field AND at least five (5) years of experience training and or managing on horse farm. Four (4) years of direct related experience training horses. Halter breaking foals, trailer loading, training with confidence. Knowledge in horse health. Hauling horses/driving trailers. Work well with a diverse multicultural student, faculty, and staff population. Knowledge of equine behavior. Experience starting horses under saddle. Comprehensive horsemanship skills from foal to show horse. Demonstrated success preparing horses to show up to the national level. Extensive knowledge of equine behavior and the ability to develop Arabian show horses in hunter pleasure, English pleasure, and western pleasure. The ability to develop horses in other riding domains such as jumping, dressage, trail, and/or reining. Experience starting young horses under-saddle including 1st rides.


Equivalent to 60 semester or 90 quarter units of academic work at a recognized college or university, with courses in animal husbandry, livestock management and related animal science subjects. (Additional specialized experience which has demonstrated that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on the basis of one year experience for each 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of accredited college work completed.) Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in care, feeding, and breeding of livestock. Thorough knowledge of modern of modern livestock feeding, breeding and health care practices. Ability to recognize the symptoms of, and assist in the treatment of, common livestock diseases and other health programs; ability to develop a systematic program of herd improvement and development; ability to supervise unskilled student help in the care and feeding of livestock; ability to maintain clear and concise records and prepare reports; ability to coordinate the practical aspects of livestock production with the academic program and the student learning process; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with farm employees, faculty and students.


A background check must satisfactorily be completed before a candidate can be offered this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following: Employment verification, education verification, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Sex Offender Registry.


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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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