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Hoofers Equestrian Center Manager

Position Deleted on 12/03/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Madison, WI
Admin - Other Administrative Positions
Application Due:
Full Time

Position Vacancy Listing: PVL # 77366

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 08/13/13


Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor's degree required, preferably with a major in equine science, animal science, business, or related field.


Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
3-5 years experience working with horses and 1-3 years experience in farm or stable management preferred.
Ability to perform basic equine first aid and recognize health needs of horses.
Knowledge of necessary daily care of horses and equine nutritional needs.
Ability to work professionally with and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, with students, staff, faculty and the community members of varying backgrounds, interests and abilities.
Knowledge of and ability to perform regular maintenance and minor repair on farm equipment including, but not limited to, small tractors, spreaders and mowers.
Demonstrated ability to work in an advisory capacity with students and in a supervisory capacity with stable staff.
Knowledge of small business operation including finances, personnel, supervision, etc.
Willingness to adjust personal schedule to needs of the stable including the necessity to come to the stable should an emergency arise.

Principal duties:
The stable manager will work in conjunction with the Hoofer Riding Club (HRC) executive board as well as the Outdoor Recreation Director/Hoofer Riding Club advisor to ensure the smooth operation of the Hoofer Equestrian Center (HEC).The stable manager must ensure continuity and commitment to the philosophy and goals of the Wisconsin Union and the Hoofer organization including Hoofer Council, HRC.

Educational Responsibility
Serve as a resource and advisor to the HRC Executive Board regarding stable related issues and horse care.
Supervise and advise full and part-time stable help, student interns and other volunteer personnel.
Effectively coach students about the day to day operations of the HEC.
Help to foster and promote an inclusive community focused on horsemanship and student learning and leadership.

Horse Care Responsibilities
Recognize health needs of horses and take appropriate action to ensure horses are properly cared for and communicated with appropriate persons.
Maintain emergency standing orders, information on particular feed requirements and food allergies, vet and farrier information, and other information necessary for proper care of stable horses.
Provide oversight for and participate in horse de-worming program.
Schedule and assist with vet and farrier appointments for horses.
Responsible for overseeing turn in and turnout of horses.

Facility Duties
Provide oversight for stable safety and security. Responsible for the well-being of Equestrian Center staff, patrons, and horses.
Seek efficient and effective procedures for the operation of the stable and ways to make the stable more successful.
Oversee inventories of supplies and order replacements as necessary.
Manage buying of including but not limited to, quality hay and grain, bedding, paper goods, etc.
Perform regular stable duties as needed, such as mucking, watering, dragging, or other chores.
Recruit new boarders as needed and maintain a waiting list of boarders when the barn is full.
Provide facility tours for guests as needed.
Other duties as assigned.

Administrative Duties
Manage the stable budget.
Administer payroll for stable staff.
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate stable employees, student interns, and other volunteer personnel.
Create a weekly work schedule and ensure daily stable responsibilities are carried out.
Maintain ongoing communication with stable staff, the HRC Executive Board, the riding team, the Head of Instruction, the stable boarders, and the Outdoor Recreation Manager/Hoofer Riding Club advisor.
Identify and develop resources, both human and material, that will facilitate the successful operation of the stable. This includes a working knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures of the Hoofer organization, and the willingness to work within the student leadership model of the Union and University departments.
Provide excellent customer service and respond to the needs of stable boarders and club members/riding club executive board.
Attend HRC Executive Board meetings and provide the executive board with budgetary and stable reports and updates.
Obtain signed boarder contracts and proof of negative coggins from new boarders.

Accountability and Staff Relationships
Reports to the Outdoor Recreation Manager/ Hoofer Riding Club advisor.
Attempts to diversify programs and staff.

Additional Information:

About Outdoor Recreation at the Wisconsin Union
The Wisconsin Union's Outdoor Recreation Unit enhances the Unions social education mission by providing all members of the University of Wisconsin - Madison community, including Union members, with a variety of out-of-class learning experiences. Participants in outdoor recreation programs gain valuable leadership skills and real-life experiences that will last a lifetime. Opportunities include part-time employment as instructors or office/retail staff to volunteer trip leaders and club leaders.

Hoofers is the largest branch of the Union's Outdoor Recreation Unit and consists of six separate clubs: Sailing, Ski & Snowboard, Outing, Riding, Mountaineering, and SCUBA, as well as five collegiate teams. The clubs are coordinated by Hoofer Council which is composed of a representative from each of the six clubs plus five elected executives and six appointed officers. Each club administers its own program with funds generated completely from membership dues, activity fees, and fundraising. The current total Hoofer budget is at $1.4 million and its overall purpose is to:
Foster interest and participation in outdoor activities by providing and developing leadership, instruction, programs, services, and equipment
Promote the education of members in outdoor activities
Educate in planning, organizing, and executing programs related to environmental concerns and community affairs

Since its inception in 1931 as a collegiate outdoor recreation program, Hoofers continues to be one of the largest and most active outdoor programs in the country. For example, the Sailing club with 1300 members has the largest inland sailing fleet and the second largest fleet in the country. The Riding Club operates a 40 acre boarding and teaching facility 30 minutes south of Madison and the Ski & Snowboard clubs hosts the Midwest's largest ski resale every year and has been offering trips for over 45 years. The Outing Club has the Midwest's largest paddling club and SCUBA offers PADI certified diving programs. Between 400 and 500 youth participate every summer youth riding and sailing programs. Finally, the clubs host a variety of annual events reaching thousands of members of the campus community.

About the Hoofer Equestrian Center
The Hoofer Equestrian Center (HEC) is located in Belleville, WI, about 17 miles south of Madison, WI. The HEC can accommodate up to 35 horses and is operated by the Hoofer Riding Club (HRC). The HRC is a student-run organization that promotes the Wisconsin Union Mission: to provide real-life, out-of-the classroom experience. This is a very unique situation where the facilities manager must work in conjunction with the HRC Executive Board to educate, advise, mentor, as well as manage. The stable boards horses of area residents as well as the horses owned by the Riding Club. The Riding Club offers lessons seven days a week for members, as well as trail rides, ring rides, and horse shows. More information about the Hoofer Riding Club can be found at:

This position reports to the Outdoor Recreation Manager.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

Employee Class: Academic Staff
Department(s): WU/HOOFERS
Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum $32,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
Number of Positions: 1

To Ensure Consideration:
Application must be received by: SEPTEMBER 01, 2013

How To Apply:

Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #77366 to:

Thomas Hogan
Phone: 608-263-3936
Fax: N/A
800 Langdon St
Bx 203 Memorial Union
Madison, WI 53706-1419

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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