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Stables Laborer I

Posted 07/21/2021
County Polk
Location GRANGER ,Iowa
Salary $12.00-$13.00 HOURLY
Deadline 08/21/2021


Illustrative Examples of Duties:

  1. Brushes, trims, curries coat of horses; inspects horses for evidence of disease/injury; administers medication to horses in accordance with instruction from the Barn Supervisor.
  2. Maintains stalls including water/feeding equipment; feeds/waters horses; cleans horse paddocks/stalls, removes manure from paddocks/arenas/grounds; makes minor repairs to common barn equipment such as gates, stalls, feeders and similar equipment under the direction of more experienced staff. May exercise horses under the direction of the Barn Supervisor.
  3. Monitors/evaluates facilities/premises to ensure they are safe/well maintained; identifies safety hazards; takes immediate corrective action to eliminate hazards and/or brings hazards to the attention of appropriate staff to eliminate hazards.
  4. May provide information to volunteers on existing work methods/proper use of materials/equipment.
  5. Guides trail rides throughout the park; provides assistance/information to the general public; observes riders/horses/trail conditions to identify potential safety issues, takes corrective action as necessary.
  6. Operates some heavy equipment in the maintenance of the facility such as a skid loader, tractor, gator, or pick-up truck and trailer.
  7. Performs related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of proper care/grooming of horses.
  • Knowledge of treatment of common horse diseases/injuries.
  • Knowledge of safe horseback riding practices and techniques.
  • Skill in horseback riding.
  • Ability to identify disease or injury to horses and notify the appropriate person/s.
  • Ability to identify potential safety hazards/take appropriate action.
  • Ability to operate motorized equipment.
  • Ability to prioritize work, recognize daily tasks that need to be done and proceed with the completion of these tasks.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other organizations, volunteers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to administer medication to horses in accordance with instructions from the Barn Supervisor.
  • Ability to work outside in varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift/carry hay/feed/supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to effectively adjust to new/changing techniques in working with horses and/or riders. 
  • Ability to maintain composure in trying circumstances.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and demonstrate proper riding techniques while on horseback to persons with varying riding experience.
  • Ability to effectively manage horse behavior.
  • Ability to obtain/maintain certification in CPR and First Aid.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • A criminal background check is required.
  • A drug screen is required prior to final offer of employment.
  • Candidate must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and physical capacity testing to ensure candidate meets the essential physical requirements of the position.
  • A valid State of Iowa driver’s license is required.


• High School graduation or equivalent, and
• One year of experience with the care of horses, or
• Any equivalent combination of training and experience which will have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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