Horse Caretaker

Location: Children's Farm Home
Program/Department: Therapeutic Horse Program
Schedule: On-call/Varies

INTERNAL APPLICANTS:  please submit a cover letter and an updated resume to the Human Resources department to apply.

Job Summary:  Member of the Horse Program in a residential psychiatric treatment program for children and adolescents.  Responsible for the care and feeding of horses, as well as assisting with the upkeep of the facility and equipment during weekends.

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:  
Feed and water horses;
Turnout and bring in horses;
Run errands as needed (i.e. pick up feed, do laundry, etc);
Monitor and document horse first aid and health care needs;
Clean stalls;
Monitor and ensure the safety, cleanliness and upkeep of the equipment, tack, barn, office, and stable grounds;
Participate in training activities as necessary for promotion and professional development;
Manage crisis situations as required, including horses caught in fence, cast in stall, escaped, or suffering from injury or illness;
Exercise and school horses;
Transport horses as needed;
General maintenance; painting; and repairing fences or gates;
Ensure that the basic needs of program participants are met regarding safety and security;
Manage crisis situations as required, including resolving conflicts & problem solving, and providing first aid as necessary;
Model appropriate social and interpersonal skills, work ethics, respect for animals, and basic horsemanship skills;
Assist unauthorized visitors as needed and report to cottage staff;
Complete all training required for the position.


Professional Requirements:  
1.         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively;

2.         Demonstrated good listening and observation skills;

3.         Demonstrated awareness of their own personal, developmental issues;

4.         Demonstrated acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors and cultures;

5.         Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to others;

6.         Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team;

7.         Demonstrated assertiveness and ability to confront others and be comfortable in conflict situations without aggressiveness;

8.         Demonstrated ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries in relationships with adolescents and the handling of confidential information;

9.         Demonstrated ability to use good judgment, make decisions and act responsibly in emergency situations;

10.        Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and carry out tasks independently and efficiently;

11.        Demonstrated knowledge and skills in horse care;

12.        Demonstrated ability to recognize symptoms of illness in horses;

13.        Demonstrated ability to determine need and to administer first aid to horses.

Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement of the department.
Demonstrates a commitment to cultural awareness and works toward cultural competencies for the organization.
Demonstrates a commitment to the following Organizational Priorities with regard to all persons:
A commitment to non-violence: Helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose.
A commitment to emotional intelligence: Helping to teach emotional management skills.
A commitment to social learning: Helping to build cognitive skills
A commitment to open communication: Helping to overcome barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting out, enhance self protective and self correcting skills, teach health boundaries
A commitment to democracy: Helping to create civic skills of self control, self discipline and administration of healthy authority.
Commitments to social responsibility: Helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish health attachment relationships; establish sense of fair play and justice.
A commitment to growth and change: Helping to work through loss and prepare for the future.

Additional Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Qualifications: To preform this job successfully, an individual must be able to preform each essential duty satisfactory. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to preform essential functions.

Education: High School diploma or equivalent.

Certificates, License’s, Registrations: Position requires a valid driver license in the state of residence, proof of personal auto insurance and acceptable driving record.

Physical Demands: For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, contact the HR department. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

Consideration of candidates will begin as soon as 07/26 and position may close after that date without notice.

If you need accommodation to review the information and/or complete the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Trillium Family Services is a drug free workplace. All final applicants will be subject to a criminal record identification check pursuant to ORS 181.536.727.537 and agency policy. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and support a culturally linguistically diverse governance, leadership and workforce.