Objective: Participate in the day-to-day management and operation of the Ethel Walker School’s 60 stall equestrian barn with the Barn Manager. Travel to horse shows to manage the care of horses attending horse shows.
Manage the facility with the Barn Manager.
Co-supervise staff of 3-4 grooms, assign them tasks, evaluate their performance and help build the team by providing feedback and recommendations to the Barn Manager and the Director.
Help train the staff.
Welcome boarders and riders to the facility and program in a courteous and professional manner.
Meet early/late shipment of horses arriving to or leaving from the barn.
Assist barn staff in daily routine during periods of staff shortages or vacations.
Run evening checks as scheduled.
Provide general support to the riding program and Director as requested by the Director.
Other duties as assigned
Assist with the feeding
Work with trainers as to ensure individual competition horse needs are met.
Maintain a rigorous turn-out schedule. All boarders in the barn sign an agreement that provides for daily turn-out.
Assist the School’s veterinarian in the care of individual horses, as instructed.
Assist with the scheduling of the regular shoeing of horses and work with the School’s farrier on individual horse issues.
Manage the travel of horses for off-site horse shows.
Act as groom for the horse shows, making decisions about the care, safety and well-being of the horses as well as daily groom tasks.
Support the Trainers and riders as needed at the shows.
Supervise grooms at horse shows
Backup Barn Manager
In the absence of the Barn Manager, supervise the activities of groom staff and work side by side, particularly during staff shortages and vacations; fulfill general duties and responsibilities of Barn Manager
Physical Plant Maintenance
Ensure the facility is neat, clean and orderly at all times. 2. Coordinate trash and manure removal with local vendors. 3. Assist grooms in cleaning of paddocks. Keep paddock and pasture fencing in good repair. Rotate paddock usage to minimize overgrazing and/or erosion. 4. Drag rings as needed (daily if necessary due to high traffic).
Conduct and Culture
Promote a student-centered view of work priorities and encourage student involvement in barn operations.
Support an environment devoted to the education and nurturing of girls and young women.
Exhibit a commitment to excellence in all work as evidenced by high standards of service and workmanship.
Exhibit a commitment to honor as evidenced by honesty and integrity.
Exhibit a commitment to community through the caring and respectful treatment of all members through collaboration, and putting the interests of the group ahead of individual interest.
Exhibit a commitment to diversity as evidenced by the respectful treatment of all members of the community without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin.
Comply with the applicable Provisions of the Ethel Walker School Staff Handbook and other policies and procedures.
About The Ethel Walker School
Just 20 minutes outside of Hartford, The Ethel Walker School, located in Simsbury, Connecticut, excels at preparing girls to make a profound difference in the world. As a boarding and day school of 250 girls from grades 6-12, members of this diverse community are dedicated to global citizenship, scholarship, the arts, social justice and inclusion, athletics, wellness, and community partnerships. The satisfaction of achievement and joy of friendship are fundamental principles as the School empowers girls to lead with integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning. Walker’s provides a home away from home in an environment of support, challenge, safety, and engagement to our girls. Girls are given many opportunities to grow, learn and lead within our community and beyond.
Walker’s is dedicated to recruiting and supporting educators who are committed to their own ongoing learning process and growth in a collaborative work environment. Successful applicants are also dynamic individuals who are compelled to provide a positive, joyful, challenging learning environment for our girls.
The Ethel Walker School is an equal opportunity employer.