We are looking for a stable manager (barn manager) for our sweet gentle horse and our adorable donkey. They live on our property with us but we frequently travel and have busy work schedules.
Our horses are basically pets, one is an 18 year old Quarter Horse that likes to nuzzle and give kisses (he really likes attention a LOT but he's a tough guy so he has to respect you). The other is a rescued donkey who is about 4 years old and he needs a lot of love and attention too (daily hugs are required for real or he won't eat).
The job entails general upkeep of the small 2-horse stable and arena and helping to keep the horses happy. Most of the time you'll be alone so most of the work and responsibility is yours (hope you like mucking hahah). There is some upkeep and groundkeeping work needed for the arena & property (minor landscaping involved) and the riding trail (it's a small trail that loops around our 2 acre lot, ground squirrels dig holes that need to constantly be filled etc..). They also need to be exercised and light training (especially Elvis the donkey who hates trailers and we need you to trailer-train him). Our horses are our kids, and they are definitely spoiled and we want to keep them that way!
Ideally you have a lot of experience with horses and a true love of them. We need you to have your own reliable transportation so that you can come and go as needed.
We can be flexible with scheduling but generally need someone during late mornings through afternoons when we're in town (when we're out of town there's a lot more of course). What's super important to us is that you're extremely reliable, well organized, a clean freak, gentle with horses, very knowledgeable about horses and are the type of person that passionately connects with them and truly loves them.
We need coverage 7 days per week, so we are hiring both a stable manager and a stable hand. You'd be responsible working this out with your stable hand to ensure the horses are well looked after. We also travel frequently and during those times you'd be responsible for making sure they are even more looked after (so ideally you don't live too far from our little ranch in Paradise Valley because that would make this a LOT easier for their night feeding and in case there is a night emergency).
PLEASE READ BEFORE APPLYING: Attention to detail is KEY! It's a small stable but we need to keep it very clean and organized. You'd be responsible for managing any upgrades needed or repairs to the stable, and the general upkeep of the facility. We'd expect you to maintain a budget and to keep expenses within reason (yes horses are very expensive we know all too well).
Please note this is a local job in Arizona and we only interview people who already live here in Arizona. We know that many people want to move to Arizona but we prefer people who already live here so they can be more familiar with the climate and horse living conditions. In June, July & August hours are reduced as they go up to Camp Verde to avoid the heat.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $20.00 per hour
Supplemental pay types:
We are all very vaccinated
People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply
Ability to commute/relocate:
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
If a horse is acting up, what is your method of calming them down?
Do you have your own vehicle or transportation?
Do you have experience putting a horse into a trailer?
Can you please tell me a little bit about your experience with horses. We want to know your background when it comes to horses so we can understand how you'll work with ours.
Do you have any other experience we should know about either with horses or maintaining a horse stable (groundskeeping, maintaining feeding schedules etc..). Anything you can let us know helps us choose you!
How long would your commute be to North Palo Cristi Road Paradise Valley, Arizona, 85253?
driving with a valid Arizona license: 1 year (Required)
stable manager: 1 year (Required)
Equine: 3 years (Required)
Day Shift (Required)
Work Location: In person