Lake Erie College, a small, co-educational, four-year, independent liberal arts college located in Painesville, OH, 30 miles east of Cleveland, invites applications for the full-time position of barn manager. This position is critical to the operational support of the equine program at Lake Erie College. The manager bears primary responsibility for the health and well-being and directed use of the equine population at the College.
General responsibilities for Health and Wellness of Horses:
Provides for all aspects of general health care to school-owned horses and training horses:
Schedules and oversees all necessary preventive health care and treatments, coordinating with the dean on specific needs of the horse population.
Evaluates horses daily for injuries, illnesses and appropriate foot care.
Evaluates horses weekly for body condition score and general wellness.
Monitors and implements appropriate exercise programs for each horse.
Schedules and implements turnout of horses.
Schedules appropriate exercise of horses returning to work following illness or injury.
Schedules and assists the veterinarian and farrier in the appropriate care of horses, both emergency and non-emergency, as needed.
Keeps accurate and timely records of preventive health care and treatment of all horses. Records must be legible, accessible and kept up-to-date and include, but are not limited to, new and chronic health concerns and treatments, Coggins tests, vaccinations, deworming and fecal results, dentistry, farrier work.
Manages feeding program (hay, grain and supplements) to control BCS and well-being of horses.
Oversees the delivery of all daily medical treatments (oral, injectable and feed top dressings) and ancillary care to entire herd seven days a week.
Rehabilitates previously injured horses to get them back to work on a timely and appropriate schedule.
Oversees that horses are clean and well-groomed, including manes, tails, feet, and body clipping, as needed.
Carefully evaluates and cares for all horses arriving for donation trial and training horses. Act as the primary communication point person for all donation trial or training horses while here at our facility.
Oversees the arrival and departure of donations trials, training horses, and retirees.
Maintains inventory of all pharmaceuticals required for horse care.
Monitors fencing, gates, and the condition of footing and amount of grass in all turn-out spaces.
Maintains and posts appropriate lists of horses available for recreational riding and keep records of students’ rec riding as needed by the dean.
Serves as a site supervisor for students working as interns for academic credit in the barns.
Serves as vacation relief personnel and cross-trained support personnel for the boarder barn manager.
Assists the dean in the efficient scheduling of work and activities of all barn staff.
Attends equine faculty/staff meetings as requested by the dean.
Vacation time shall be taken when appropriate relief support can be scheduled so that the instruction of students and care of the horses and equipment shall not be compromised.
Other duties as assigned by the dean of the School of Equine Studies.
Responsibilities for Support of Riding and Instruction:
Coordinates and monitors required student “barn hours” for academic classes. Assists and instructs students in the completion of assigned barn hour tasks.
Monitors/assists students in all activities associated with classes relating to hands-on activities, such as preparing horses for riding classes, cooling out horses, grooming horses after riding, cleaning tack, and other class activities.
Assists with riding evaluations, prepares horses for use in riding evaluations, and assists with assessment of riding class placement of students.
Works with the director of riding in the efficient and appropriate allocation of horses for use in riding classes, team activities, horse shows, and other events and activities.
Works cooperatively in the evaluation of horses being considered for donation to the College or retirement from the riding program.
Responsibilities for Tack and Equipment:
Maintains inventory of equipment and supplies associated with class activities and the horses (saddles, bridles, girths, pads, grooming equipment, blankets, coolers, clippers, etc.). Safety of all equipment must be the highest priority. Items not in use should be considered for tack sale or donation.
Monitors and signs out tack and equipment for student use during horse shows.
Keeps all equipment and supplies clean, neat, laundered, sorted, and neatly stored.
Keeps all offices, tack rooms, medical rooms, storage areas, and laundry rooms clean, neat, and in exemplary order at all times.
Checks all barns and arenas for College-owned equipment daily.
Responsibilities for Fiscal Management:
Maintains weekly horse inventory of all horses on the property (receiving assistance from the boarder barn manager): College-owned horses, training horses, faculty and staff-owned horses and boarded horses.
Consults with the dean whenever possible regarding the scheduling of veterinary care and both emergency and non-emergency treatment of horses.
Prepares the following for reporting to or approval of the dean:
Weekly grain and hay orders.
Grain and hay budgets, as needed.
Pharmaceutical orders, neutraceutical, and supplement orders.
Equipment and supply orders for riding instruction and care.
Prepares annual repair plan for blankets, clippers, saddles, bridles, and other tack needs.
Bachelor’s degree in equine studies highly desirable.
Ability to perform all of the responsibilities outlined above.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work physically with large, unpredictable horses on a daily basis, ensuring the best possible safety and efficiency for horse and people.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to: email@example.com (preferred method for applications) or Barn Manager Search, Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., LEC Box 358, Painesville, OH 44077. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Subject to a criminal background check prior to employment. Learn more at https://www.lec.edu. EOE
About Lake Erie College
Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by hope and care, our students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports and on three intercollegiate equestrian teams.
The College is located in Painesville, seat of Lake County in the heart of the Western Reserve. The small-town setting and historic homes surrounding the campus provide a traditional academic environment, while the close proximity to Cleveland offers the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan area. The campus consists of buildings in both traditional and contemporary styles. Five miles south of the campus is Morley farm, home to the George Magoffin Humphrey Equestrian Center and Victor Manor House, residence of the College president and site of a variety of College and community activities.