Job Details

Mt. San Antonio College
  • Position Number: 1531005
  • Location: Walnut, CA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Animal Science

Horse Trainer

Position Number: 2013141003
Department: Agricultural Sciences
Job Category: Classified Unit B
Time (Percent Time): 47.5%
Term (months/year): 12 months/year
Current Work Schedule (days, hours):
Salary Range: B-57
Salary: Steps 1 - 6, $2,012 - $2,566 per month
Shift Differential: Shift differential eligibility based on the current CSEA 651 collective bargaining agreement
Open Date: 07/10/2019
Initial Screening Date: 08/06/2019
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 August 6, 2019 are assured consideration.

Applicants must submit all of the following materials online at 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 rsum that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.

4. Two (2) letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation).

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 MetLife Social Security Alternative Plan.

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

Basic Function/Overview:

Under general supervision, coordinates, oversees, and participates in the operations, services, and maintenance activities of the District's horse unit; provides instructional and administrative support services for the horse unit; assists students and faculty in the care, feeding, and handling of horses.


Receives general supervision from Supervisor, Farm. 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 District's horse unit. Typical duties include training, caring, feeding, and handling horses, assisting students and faculty, and providing instructional support services for the horse unit. Employees 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.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:
1. Coordinates, oversees, and participates in the operations, services, and maintenance activities of the horse unit; ensures proper safety and security of the horse unit and related facilities, equipment, and grounds; monitors, evaluates, and adjusts activities in response to units needs; 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. Oversees, develops, and implements production, breeding, feeding, healthcare, and safety practices and plans for the horses; creates and maintains pertinent records; participates in the development and implementation of methods and procedures for the care and training of the horses.
4. Checks and monitors the health and condition of horses; provides general and preventative maintenance care; designs and implements nutrition programs; administers vaccinations and medications as needed; coordinates emergency and veterinary care as needed.
5. Fits horses for tacks, harnesses, and other equipment.
6. Monitors and ensures smooth and efficient operations and activities related to the equine center.
7. Trains and provides work direction and guidance to assigned student workers and staff; prepares work schedules, 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.
8. Provides instructional support services pertaining to the horses; assists students with developing riding, driving, and performance skills; explains related principles, practices, procedures, methods, materials, terminology, tools, and equipment; participates in demonstrations of activities.
9. Assists students and faculty in the use and operation of equipment and materials related to the horse unit; assists instructors with laboratories, including providing demonstrations and supplies.
10. Builds, repairs, and maintains horse structures and facilities.
11. Coordinates the sale of the farms horses; researches current sales and market prices to establish prices; develops and arranges showing and delivery schedules; processes and accounts for sales revenue.
12. Assists in developing budget figures for the unit; monitors and controls expenditures; monitors inventory levels of supplies and equipment; orders, receives, stores, and maintains adequate inventory levels of supplies and equipment as directed.
13. Communicates with District staff, students, and various outside agencies to exchange information and resolve issues or concerns.
14. Prepares and maintains various records and reports related to students, horses, materials, inventory, and assigned activities.
15. Drives a vehicle to transport horses as needed.
16. Learns and applies emerging technologies and, as necessary, to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Other Duties:
Performs other related duties as assigned.

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 farming operations.
4. Basic sales and customer service practices and procedures.
5. Methods, practices, and techniques of student learning and instruction.
6. Basic principles of supervision and training.
7. Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
8. Record keeping principles and procedures.
9. English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
10. Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, students, and District staff, including individuals of various ages, disabilities, socio-economic and ethnic groups.

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 staff.
3. Inspect the work of others and maintain established quality control standards.
4. Train others in proper and safe work procedures.
5. Assist students and faculty in the use and operation of equipment and materials related to the horse farming operations.
6. Coordinate, oversee, and participate in training, breeding, feeding, healthcare, and safety practices of the horses.
7. Explain principles, practices, procedures, methods, materials, tools, terminology, and equipment related to the animal sciences program.
8. Coordinate the sale and delivery of the horses.
9. Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local and District policies, procedures, and regulations.
10. Make accurate business arithmetic computations; accurately process cash transactions.
11. Estimate and order required supplies and equipment.
12. Establish and maintain a filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
13. Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
14. Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software applications programs.
15. Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
16. Understand scope of authority in making independent decisions.
17. Review situations accurately and determine appropriate course of action using judgment according to established policies and procedures.
18. 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) years of full-time equivalent experience working with or training horses.


Preferred Qualifications:

License(s) & Other Requirements:

Examination Requirements:
Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, field test/skills demonstration, and/or performance test.

Working Environment:
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 District 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. Employees 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.

Physical Demands:
Employees 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. Employees 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 Districts 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.


Conditions of Employment:

Typing Certificate Requirements:

Special Notes:
Please note: A 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:
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:

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 applicants 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 To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicants 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 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 Colleges Administrative Procedures (AP 2710 Conflict of Interest, AP 2712 Conflict of Interest Codes).

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