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Equine Program and Facility Manager

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In order to be considered for this position, please upload your resume' and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18014
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Andi Shockley
(406) 994-6878

Classification Title Managing Director
Working Title Equine Program and Facility Manager
Brief Position Overview
Position Number 4C1114
Department Animal & Range Sciences
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Animal and Range Sciences is the largest department in the College of Agriculture and our student numbers are growing with a record enrollment of 400 students in the fall of 2016. In addition to MS and PhD programs, we offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science (options include Livestock Management and Industry, Science, and Equine Science) and Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology (options include Rangeland Ecology and Management and Wildlife Ecology and Management). The department also offers the Sustainable Livestock Production Option in the interdisciplinary degree: Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems. We are a fully integrated department serving all three of the land grant missions of teaching, research, and extension. In addition, our program incorporates livestock operations into our teaching, research, and extension program.

MSU’s Equine Science Program is on a path to be the premier Equine Science and Equestrian Program in the Northwest, with plans for a major facility expansion and the potential home for the Brannaman Center of Horsemanship. Our mission is to maintain and grow our quality program in light of an ever increasing student enrollment and to increase our capacity for a broader base of student and community engagement and experiential learning.

The Department of Animal and Range Sciences has offered equine specific courses for more than 60 years, and MSU’s Equine Program has truly been ahead of the curve. The current Miller Pavilion was the first indoor riding arena built in the state of Montana. Our equine degree was first offered in 2003, and current enrollment is 81 students in the Equine Science Option. Graduates from our Equine Science Program have gone on to further their education in graduate and professional programs, veterinary medicine, as well as careers in horse training, nutrition and pharmaceutical sales, equine and therapeutic riding facilities management, 4-H and Extension, and guest ranch and equine breeding program management, to mention a few recent examples.

Our degree program has a strong foundation in Science and Business, with supporting equestrian courses ranging from Western and English equitation to colt starting and equine marketing. Our equestrian courses, clubs, and extracurricular activities impact students from all majors on campus and include the MSU Rodeo team, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team, Polo team, and Driving team, as well as opportunities for students to train BLM horses for Heroes and Horses, a program directed at improving the lives of Veterans at risk. Our facilities, faculty and staff support service learning, internships, extension programs, outreach education and educational. Students in the colt starting program prepares ranch horses for an annual fundraising sale that attracts donors, supporters and buyers from coast to coast.

The Equine Program and Facility Manager position is an integrated teaching and management appointment between MAES and the College of Agriculture and will oversee MSU’s equine programs and facilities at the BART location at MSU Bozeman. The successful candidate will work closely with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences faculty, Department Head, and MAES Livestock Operations management team to ensure a safe, functional and premier environment for students and livestock. Additionally, the successful candidate will collaborate/lead program development and oversight for creating the leading science-based equine program in the Northwest. We are excited to announce this truly exceptional career opportunity in a dynamic, academic growth environment. The successful candidate will work to positively advance the Department of Animal & Range Sciences and build the MSU Equine Program and Brannaman Center of Horsemanship brand by helping to develop and represent our strengths and mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and Lead new equine program
  • Manage and oversee faculties and supervise staff.
  • Manage teaching and facilities budgets
  • Teaching an equestrian course
  • Participate in summer horsemanship courses
  • Overseeing equine health, well-being, and feeding
  • Assessing and treating horses that are ill or injured, including working with an equine veterinarian when needed
  • Overseeing equine facility operations and maintenance including footing and dust control for safety and optimum performance
  • Hiring and supervising student labor for equine feeding, health, and facility maintenance
  • Working closely with equestrian instructors and the Livestock Operations Team for replacing and retiring equestrian instruction horses
  • Working with all entities involved in arena scheduling
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Keeping accurate records of animal health and hay and supplements fed
  • Maintaining riding arenas and footing (sprinklers and grooming)
  • Maintaining an inventory of arena and equine health and feeding supplies
  • Maintaining a positive working relationship with equine veterinarians
  • Assessing horses’ soundness for classes
  • Maintaining a current list of horses to be used for classes
  • Scheduling farrier appointments
  • Scheduling spring/fall vaccinations and yearly coggins/health tests
  • Developing appropriate feeding protocol
  • Overseeing horse boarding program
  • Evaluating/Approving animal use agreements, pavilion activities, club and team events
  • Facilitating and participating in working/riding any horses that need additional riding for classes
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Animal/Equine Sciences or closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience with equine handling, behavior, husbandry and modern management knowledge and skills.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing facilities.
  4. Experience teaching equestrian and/or other courses at the college level.
  5. Demonstrated experience supervising employees, primarily undergraduate student employees.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Broad knowledge and experience in the equine industry.
  2. Experience with arena maintenance and equipment operations.
  3. Demonstrated ability to write, manage and fulfill grant, contract and special project requirements.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have demonstrated experience working with minimal supervision to meet deadlines and obligations.
  • Have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

  1. Must be able to move objects 50 lbs or more.
  2. Work with large animals.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 31, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

In order to be considered for this position, please upload your resume’ and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
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