Seeking experienced, hands-on person to operate a 20 horse barn on an island farm a short ferry ride off of Cape Cod located near Woods Hole MA. This year round position offers salary, health and dental benefits, 401K including island housing with utilities. Candidate must have at least five years experience with horses and teaching riding. Candidate must be comfortable with all aspects of horsemanship, all methods of horse care including scheduling veterinary and farrier care as needed, and pasture management including fence maintenance. Manager will be asked to foster the rental rider program, establish and maintain guidelines for safe use of rental horses, have the financial skills to oversee an annual budget for supplies and feed.
Summer is the active season with island visitors whose skills range from beginners to confident riders capable of heading out on trails alone. Stable manager will recruit, hire and train a summer staff to assist with summer season. Additional summer duties include luggage delivery for island guests and overseeing a lesson program for kids. Candidate should have sound riding knowledge and skills to perform spring conditioning and continued training of island horses. Driving skills are a plus.
This is a hands on position, so in addition to managing a small team, this manager must be physically capable and able to muck, groom, ride, train and condition the horses. In winter months, the stable manager is in charge of the horses -- which are turned out to pasture and brought in once a day for feeding, observation and grooming. This task is completed with the help of a second staff member who answers to the stable manager. In addition, candidate will manage a small flock of sheep including annual breeding and lambing (we can train).
We are looking for a person who is self-motivated with a cheerful disposition who can instill encouragement in a community of horse lovers around a safe stable. Equal opportunity employer.
Required Key Skills
Working with children
Housing includes free utilities, and free internet access. Well behaved house pets are welcome. Stable Manager is offered the use of a single family house with four bedrooms and two baths as a perk of employment located in a private setting on the island. Free ferry service to and from the mainland takes fifteen minutes and runs three times per day typically. Free parking is offered to staff as a perk of employment close to the ferry terminal on the mainland for ease of shopping and errands.
Health, dental, 401K, free housing in single family house in good condition. Company cell phone offered as part of job requirement.
Farm on a private island off Woods Hole Mass on Cape Cod. Year round stable with 20 horses and a small flock of sheep. Summer riding program offered with lessons and trail riding for summer visitors. Housing included with offer of employment.