Equine Care SpecialistKentucky Humane Society
Looking for a great place to work? The Kentucky Humane Society is hiring Equine Care Specialists. Must enjoy: A fun place to work and getting dirty with the four-legged friends! Must have experience caring for horses. Experience caring for and handling foals preferred. Schedule includes nights and weekends.
Job Skills / Requirements
Summary of Purpose: Assist Equine Director in daily operations of the Equine C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Rescue, Educate) program, ensuring that every animal and customer receives the highest quality care and service.
Duties (Essential Functions):
• Assist with overall daily operations of the KHS C.A.R.E program, including equine intake, data collection, medical procedures, training assessments, transports, and adoption.
• Assist with screening potential adopters and processing adoption paperwork.
• Assist with screening potential foster homes and processing foster paperwork.
• Document all movement of animals in PetPoint software system.
• Conduct monthly foster home visits.
• Responsible for up to date photos of all animals in KHS’ care.
• Responsible for scheduling of farrier and veterinarian visits.
• Assist with equine rescue cases, including the capture, transport, handling, and assessments of equines with unknown temperaments.
• Responsible for loading and unloading equines for transport to foster, veterinarian, or rescue partners when necessary.
• Responsible for cleaning and sanitation of animal areas at the KHS Equine Facility, with an emphasis on disease control protocols.
• Feed and provide daily care for all animals in such a manner as to ensure a low stress environment.
• Observe animals for signs of illness or injury; administering medications or treatments to ill/injured animals under direction from the veterinarian
• Assist in maintaining a clean and uncluttered environment; sweep, take out trash, tidy office, etc.
• Ensure a safe working environment; following all safety guidelines.
• Communicate any animal health or temperament concerns to Director in a timely fashion.
• Communicate with Director regarding unusual activities, significant problems, or concerns.
• Inventory, stock and organize barn supplies and donations.
• Perform routine facility and grounds maintenance when and as appropriate.
• Mentor interns and volunteers to be able to provide excellent quality care and other duties as assigned.
• Assist other employees, clients, and volunteers in a cheerful and respectful manner as a representative of KHS.
• Adhere to KHS and Equine Facility Standard Operating Procedures; maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the equine program.
• Adhere to KHS Core Values and high standard of compassionate care.
• Other Duties as assigned by Director.
• Minimum 3 years experience working with horses of unknown health & behavior preferred.
• Experience working with feral horses a plus.
• Ability to load, haul and handle horses for transport.
• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of equine health, medical needs and treatment.
• Must be able to work occasional long hours and able to work outdoors.
• Demonstrated ability to work within a team or independently and lead others.
• Attention to detail and ability to complete daily transaction paperwork accurately and efficiently.
• Organized, punctual and dependable with a professional, neat appearance.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while providing excellent customer service to clients, staff and volunteers.
• Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
• Knowledgeable and supportive of KHS programs.
• Share a passion for service to animals, people and our community.
• Commitment to KHS’ Core Values.
• Background Check required.
• High school degree or equivalent required
Physical Demands/Working Environment:
• Individual will have extended periods of sitting, talking and listening.
• Frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, walking and standing on a regular basis while performing job functions.
• Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to and exceeding 100 lbs.
• Includes working in an indoor desk environment, outdoor activities, and frequent travel outside of Louisville.
• Involves working directly with equines.