Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA
  • 13.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Part Time Weekends (some holidays)


Weigh and feed hay to horses, feed special grains and supplements to horses, muck both dirt based and shavings based stalls; dump, clean, and refill water buckets; distribute bedding to stalls, hand walk, and turn out horses. Administer medication, inventory supplies such as feed, supplements and supplies. Maintain barn and building cleanliness.  Assist instructors, volunteers, and program manager with horses before, during, and after lessons, including but not limited to grooming, tacking, and lunging as needed. Assist with the care of the horses, including, but not limited to bathing and clipping.  Prepare horses for and assist in lessons with volunteers as needed. Assist with equipment, machinery, and building maintenance.  This position requires being able to work independently, as a team member, and participation in Center activities as needed or required.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Center expects the following of each employee:  adheres to HWAC policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the Center; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; meets department productivity standards; participates in HWAC events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.


Minimum of 5 years grooming and horse handling experience is a must. This person must understand the basics of stable maintenance and possess knowledge of all types of equine food substances. Familiarity with different tack, to include English, Western, and specialized equipment is required.  The position requires the ability to anticipate upcoming maintenance and/or repairs of grounds and equipment.  Skills in the safe, proper, and humane restraint and handling of horses are required.  The ability to safely lift up to 50 lbs. alone and 115 lbs with assistance as well as, push/pull up to 100 lbs is required.

Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, volunteers, customers, and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.

Employee must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.

Helen Woodward Animal Center
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