Assistant Ranch Manager/Facility Support Position Open

Position:

The Assistant Ranch Manager helps the Ranch Manager with the care of Cheley Camps’ horses and the related facilities as well as supporting our maintenance staff.  This position has two distinct seasons. The summer responsibilities (approx. May 1 to September 15) include the care of the horse herd, upkeep and improvements to the related facilities, and management of the seasonal transportation crew. During the off-season the main duties are the care of the horses remaining on property, repairs and maintenance of equipment and tack used during the summer, and improvements to the facilities and equipment.  The Assistant Ranch Manager will spend 60% of his/her time with the horse program and 40% of his/her time with the maintenance staff.

This position requires that a person has a strong knowledge of horses and a desire to work with them. It is important that he/she be able to evaluate each horse’s needs for nutrition and healthcare. The Assistant Ranch Manager needs to be able to assess and prioritize what needs to be done and complete tasks in an efficient and professional manner. Knowledge of landscapers about basic construction skills, carpentry skills, and machinery operation (tractors, skid steers, trucks and trailers) are essential.  In addition, the Assistant Ranch Manager should be comfortable driving a trailer and a manual transmission.  This person will be working with many different vehicles so a general understanding of vehicle maintenance is preferred.  While there is a lot of work with horses, the opportunity to ride while working is limited.

The Assistant Ranch Manager position requires someone who can be dependable and committed to the work.  When working with animals, there will be times when the work day doesn’t end on time because an animal demands assistance.  This person will work on their own many days and needs to feel comfortable in his/her skills and ability.

Throughout the year the Assistant Ranch Manager will communicate and work closely with the Ranch Manager as well as the maintenance staff. During the summer months you will also assist in managing the barn crew as well as helping the wrangling staff. Strong communication skills and some management experience are preferred.

The year round staff at Cheley is a small team (11-14 people) so it is desired that all team members have the personal and professional skills to work in cooperation with their fellow staff members.  There will be times when each staff member has to assist other staff members in their area of responsibility.  As a small team, we must communicate with each other to support the overall goal of the business in providing a quality youth development experience for each camper and staff member.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY – Summer

  1. Horses
    1. Horse health and well-being
    2. Knowing each horse (personality, health, buddies, etc)
    3. Veterinary care
    4. Feeding
    5. Assessing needs and health of each horse
    6. Monitor hay and grain needs
    7. Maintaining tack (including managing safety and repair records)
    8. Oversee care and cleaning of all horse equipment
  2. Transportation Crew Director
    1. Management
    2. Training
    3. Evaluations
    4. Daily Routine
    5. Trans Maintenance
    6. Weekly scheduling of staff
  3. Facility Maintenance
  1. Support general maintenance and repair of Cheley Camps’ facility
  2. Communicate with Ranch Manager and Maintenance Supervisor to balance needs
  3. Develop understanding of the maintenance needs of the Cheley Camps’ facility.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY – Non – Summer

  1. Horses
    1. Support feeding of horses (this responsibility will be shared with the Ranch Manager)
    2. Knowing each horse (personality, health, buddies, etc)
    3. Health and well being of horses on property
    4. Veterinary care
    5. Monitor hay and grain needs
    6. Assessing needs and health of each horse
    7. Maintaining tack (including managing safety and repair records)
    8. Oversee care and cleaning of all horse equipment
    9. Ranch Management
      1. Pasture Management (including managing noxious weeds)
      2. Maintain fence
      3. Basic maintenance and upkeep of barns
      4. Trail maintenance
      5. Manage hay supply
    10. Facility Maintenance
      1. Support general maintenance and repair of Cheley Camps’ facility
      1. Communicate with Ranch Manager and Maintenance Supervisor to balance needs
      2. Develop understanding of the maintenance needs of the Cheley Camps’ facility.
      3. Manage the fall vehicle maintenance of each vehicle in the company fleet
      Summer Workload Off Season Workload
      Horse Management 40% 40%
      Ranch Management 20% 20%
      Facility Maintenance 40% 40%

      POSITION REQUIREMENTS

      • Experience with horses, basic construction and equipment operation
      • General carpentry skills
      • Supervisory Experience
      • Basic vehicle maintenance
      • Ability to tow a horse trailer
      • Current CPR certification
      • Customer service skills
      • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and meet deadlines.
      • Ability to work and excel in a team-oriented environment.
      • Ability to be a self-starter and follow through on projects.
      • The ability to work long hours
      • The physical strength to lift hay bales as well as load, unload, and move equipment.
      • Working with horses, being on foot, and the ability to do a fair amount of walking in varying terrains.

      SALARY & COMPENSATION

      • Starting salary range of $27,000 to $30,000 (we also pay bonuses in November if possible)
      • Retirement plan after two years of service
      • Health insurance from Insurance Partnership and other companies
      • Company truck provided
      • Company housing if needed.
      • Meals in the camp dining room during summer operations.
      • Cellular phone service with the company plan is provided.
      • Vacation/time off package
      • Applicable professional development conferences and workshops

      WORK SCHEDULE

      Mid-September through Mid-May-Monday through Friday – 7:30 to 4:00

    Mid-May through Mid-September-Daily 7:00 to 5:00 with one day                 off.

  2. If you are interested please email your resume and cover letter to ranchposition@cheley.com
  3. Limitations and DisclaimerThe above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

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