Horse Training Technician (Part-Time)

Job description

Horse Training Technician (Part-Time)

Position Number: 2013141082
Department: Natural Sciences
Job Category: Classified Unit B
Time (Percent Time): 47.5%
Term (months/year): 12 months/year
Current Work Schedule (days, hours): Varies on the needs of the department
Salary Range: B-57
Salary: Step 1-6, $2,011 - $2,566 per month
Shift Differential: Shift differential eligibility based on the current collective bargaining agreement
Open Date: 03/13/2020
Initial Screening Date: 01/14/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes

Application Procedure:
Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; however, those submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, January 14, 2021, are assured consideration.

Applicants must submit all of the following materials online at Mt. SAC Employment Website to be considered for this position:

1. A Mt. San Antonio College online application.

2. A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the required education and experience.

3. A detailed résumé that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.

4. One (1) letter of recommendation that reflects relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation).

5. If applicable, College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college, to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.

Health & Welfare:
Employees working less than fifty (50%) percent are not eligible for health and welfare benefits. The District participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and National Benefit Services (NBS) Alternative Plan.

Note Salary and Health & Welfare Benefits are subject to change.

Basic Function/Overview:

Under general supervision, coordinates, oversees, and participates in the training and conditioning of the animals owned by the College's horse unit; provides instructional and administrative support services for the horse unit; assists students and faculty in the appropriate use of animals in laboratory activities; works with Horse Barn Technician in establishing appropriate guidelines for care, feeding, and handling of horses that comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements.


Receives general supervision from the assigned managerial personnel. May provide supervision, technical, and functional oversight and training to student workers and staff.


This is a journey-level classification responsible for participating in the daily operations, services, and maintenance activities of the College's horse unit. Typical duties include training, handling, monitoring herd health, assisting students and faculty, coordination of animal conditioning and feeding programs, and providing instructional support services for the horse unit. Incumbents at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to the assigned area(s) of responsibility, working with a high degree of independent judgment, tact, and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This class is distinguished from the Manager, Farm in that the latter is responsible for organizing, assigning, supervising, and reviewing all work and staff involved in the horse unit.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

1. Coordinates, oversees, and participates in the training operations, scheduling student labor as required to both train and reinforce behaviors that promote predictable, and consistent performance in various laboratory activities conducted at ensures activities comply with established standards, policies, and procedures of goals and objectives for the horse unit.
2. Designs and implements training plans for each horse; trains horses for riding, work, and show; utilizes a variety of training methods and techniques to obtain desired results; monitors and records training progress and adapts training plans as needed.
3. Advises and coordinates as needed in areas of assigning the appropriate uses of College owned animals for various laboratory activities, breeding, sales, ability to be ridden (by skill level), and comfortable workload for each animal participates in the development and implementation of methods and procedures for the training of horses.
4. In conjunction with Horse Barn Technician, checks and monitors the health and condition of horses; provides general and preventative maintenance care; coordinates emergency and veterinary care as needed.
5. Fits horses for tacks, harnesses, and other equipment; drives a vehicle to transport horses as needed.
6. Trains and provides work direction and guidance to student workers assigned as training assistants;, assigns duties and reviews work for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with established standards and procedures; ensures student and staff understanding of safety practices and procedures.
7. Provides instructional support services pertaining to the horses; assists students with developing riding skills; explains related principles, practices, procedures, methods, materials, terminology, tools, and equipment; participates in demonstrations of activities.
8. Monitors inventory levels of supplies and equipment peculiar to the training element of unit operations; maintains adequate inventory levels of supplies and equipment to support consistent training operations.
9. Communicates with College staff, students, and various outside agencies to exchange information and resolve issues or concerns.
10. Prepares and maintains various records and reports related to students, horses, materials, inventory, and assigned activities.
11. Participates on committees, task forces, and special assignments, including, but not limited to Screening and Selection Committees and affiliated trainings. Prepares and delivers oral presentations related to assigned areas if needed.
12. Performs other related or lower classification duties as assigned.

Other Duties:

Knowledge Of:
1. Terminology, techniques, equipment, materials, principles, theories, practices, and procedures related to the horse unit.
2. Practices, procedures, and techniques involved in training, breeding, feeding, healthcare, and safety practices of horses.
3. Set-up, operation, demonstration, and maintenance of various tools and equipment used in horse ranch operations.
4. Basic sales and customer service practices and procedures; make accurate business arithmetic computations; accurately process cash transactions.
5. Methods, practices, and techniques of student learning and instruction.
6. Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
7. Record keeping principles and procedures.
8. Techniques for effectively representing the College in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations

Skills and Abilities:
1. Coordinate, oversee, and participate the operations, services, and maintenance activities of the horse unit.
2. Plan, schedule, assign, and oversee activities of assigned student staff.
3. Inspect the work of others and maintain established quality control standards; train others in proper and safe work procedures.
4. Coordinate, oversee, and participate in training, feeding, healthcare, and safety practices of the horses.
5. Explain principles, practices, procedures, methods, materials, tools, terminology, and equipment related to the animal sciences program.
6. Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local and College policies, procedures, and regulations.
7. Establish and maintain a filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
8. Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
9. Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
10. Learns and applies emerging technologies and, as necessary, to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.
11. Review situations accurately and determine appropriate course of action using judgment according to established policies and procedures.
12. Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications/Education & Experience:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and five (5) full time equivalent years of experience working with or training horses.

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications is listed in the Minimum Qualification section.

Preferred Qualifications:

License(s) & Other Requirements:

Examination Requirements:

Working Environment:
Incumbents work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, dust, fumes, and allergens, hazardous physical substances and fumes and mechanical and/or electrical equipment and machinery. Incumbents may interact with staff, students, and/or the public in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. In addition to the above, as this position is located in the College’s farm/agricultural area, there are additional environmental elements and potential hazards that are typical of this environment. These include: bio-hazards, dealing with livestock, farm equipment, and walking on slopes, wet surfaces, uneven ground, and navigating open fields which include: bumps, holes, etc.

Physical Demands:
Must possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to operate varied horse farming tools and equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various College sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect horses and work sites. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects, typically weighing 50 pounds, and occasionally heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.


Conditions of Employment:
Official offers of employment are made by Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been live-scanned and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for live-scan services shall be borne by the candidate.

*Pre-Employment Physical Exams is a requirement; clearance for employment will be authorized by Human Resources.

Notice to all prospective employees - The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Administrative Procedure 3518, titled Child Abuse Reporting, as a condition of employment.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here: Mt. SAC Annual Security Report 2017

The person holding this position is considered a ‘Responsible Employee’ under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and is required to report to the College’s Title IX Coordinator all relevant details reported to him or her about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

Typing Certificate Requirements:

Special Notes:
Please note: A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Office of Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected]

DO NOT include photographs or any demographic information (e.g. D.O.B, place of birth, etc.) on your application or supporting documents.

TRAVEL POLICY: Costs associated with travel in excess of 150 miles one way from residence for the purpose of an interview will be reimbursed up to $500 maximum. Relocation costs will be borne by the successful candidate. Travel reimbursement claims (original receipts) must be submitted no later than 30 days following the interview date.

Foreign Transcripts:
Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: [email protected]

Selection Procedure:
A committee will evaluate applications, taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, and/or performance test. The start date will be following Board approval and receipt of live scan clearance.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the initial screening date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at Mt. SAC Employment Website to complete and submit your application for this position.

Letters of Recommendation
Confidential letters of recommendation are not accepted for this position. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the application.

EEO Policy:
The College is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex (gender), age, sexual orientation, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics.

Conflict of Interest:
Mt. San Antonio College employees and the Board of Trustees members shall not engage in any employment or activity that is inconsistent with, incompatible with, or in conflict with Mt. San Antonio College’s Administrative Procedures (AP 2710 Conflict of Interest, AP 2712 Conflict of Interest Codes).

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Posted: 12/28/2020
Application Due: 4/15/2021
Work Type: Part Time