Full-Time Deputy Equine Lead Vacancy - Live In
Location: Mane Chance Sanctuary, Monkshatch Garden Farm, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DL.
Salary: £24,500 per annum for five days per week
Hours: 40 hours per week - working five out of seven days on a roster
Start Date: As soon as possible
This full-time position is offered as a live-in position.
About the role:
This role is much more than just looking after horses. You will become an integral part of our animals’ recovery and rehabilitation. Working with rescued horses is challenging but incredibly rewarding. Our horses have come from various situations including abuse, neglect and abandonment and they bring with them sensitivities and trauma that you will work to repair thus creating relationships based around kindness, trust and patience. We do not ride our horses at Mane Chance, instead we work with them as individuals on a ground level with non-dominance, mutual respect and we run a bespoke method of horse-care which you will be expected to learn and adopt at all times. We also do not rehome our herd, offering them a home for life where they can feel safe and loved. This means that you will build lasting relationships with them and look after their long-term wellbeing, working to give them a quality of life that they deserve.
You will work with our equine lead in being responsible for ensuring the best possible care for our horses - administering medication, treating minor injuries, performing daily health checks and liaising with our professionals - organising and facilitating veterinary, dentist and trimming visits. You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing rehabilitation and enrichment of our horses, inputting into equine discussions and will lead more junior members of the team as well as volunteers. At least two days per week, you will lead the routine of the day independently, organising staff and volunteers, ensuring that everything is completed in the absence of the equine lead, writing and circulating the online daily report.
You will work with our volunteers on a daily basis and lead activities with them, including the daily poo pick, grooming and rehabilitation exercises. You will also be required to contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the site including routine safety checks, fence repairs and small maintenance tasks, assist in preparing the site for events and open days and to assist with the development of more junior members of the team. On occasion, you will be required to assist our community team with the sessions that they offer – this might be bringing horses for gentle meet and greet opportunities to those who are not well enough to go into our fields and tracks or leading group walking of horses around the Sanctuary and surrounding bridle paths.
You have great team-working skills and can motivate yourself and others in a working environment. You are able to work under instruction but also respectfully lead others, and you enjoy contributing ideas to team discussions.
You are a fit and energetic person who has experience of and confidence with working with horses - our herds live out in fields and tracks over 80 acres and much of your time is spent out with them in all weathers and by its nature, the role is physically demanding!
You have an interest in natural horsemanship techniques as our horse-care methods are more in line with these than most traditional equine practices and are prepared to learn and adopt our bespoke techniques and policies. You have a desire to rehabilitate animals who have suffered at the hands of humans and are prepared to spend time building relationships - you will be calm and patient when working with our horses as they need to understand and trust you.
You also understand that working with horses is much more than spending time with the animals themselves. You are willing to develop rehabilitation and enrichment plans, and assist with site routine checks and maintenance tasks to ensure that the charity provides a safe home for our animals, staff and visitors.
You will also be required to drive on-site vehicles and so will have a current driving licence.
Please see the attached job profile for the Deputy Equine Lead which outlines all the duties and responsibilities of the role.
This position is offered with live-in accommodation on site at the Sanctuary. This consists of a private connected bedroom and sitting area with own private bathroom and shared kitchen. You will be required to contribute to the cost of utilities at a cost of £300 per month - no other charges are made.
How to apply:
To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date copy of your CV, together with a brief statement of why you would like to apply for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to apply as soon as possible as we will regularly complete shortlisting and invite for interview.