Breeding Coordinator and Equine Care Specialist (506078)

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Nov 13, 2021
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health

Job Description

Description:

Type of Appointment: Full-time, probationary
Collective Bargaining Unit: Technical & Support Services - Unit 9
Classification : Livestock Technician II
Classification Salary Range: $3,522 - $6,374 per month
Anticipated hiring range: $3,522 - $4,473 per month
Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise notified.
Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled
THE DEPARTMENT:

The W. K Kellogg Arabian Horse Center (AHC), is dedicated to promoting the legacy of the Kellogg Arabians by providing a venue where students and the public can learn more about the Arabian Horses. The AHC provides an environment where students can learn about the Arabian Horses and the horse industry, supports the learn-by-doing educational mission of the University, and continues the tradition of breeding and raising high quality show horses.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Breeding/Foaling/Training:
- Maintain cost effective breeding program with high conception rate (80% or higher). Includes mare management, teasing, cytology, artificial insemination, perform ultrasound and other related breeding examinations and procedures.
- At the direction of AHC Executive Director, contact stallion owners for soliciting stallion donations.
- Schedule and coordinate semen shipments with stallion owners, trainers.etc . including FedEx shipments of semen, pick up of containers from various locations and return in a timely manner.
- Coordinate pregnant mare health up to, during and post foaling, including breeding kit preparation.
- Plan, organize, and direct foaling of mares, determining appropriate actions including physical aspects of foaling process including physically assistance as needed.ensuring best possible outcome for mare and foal and safety of students, staff and faculty.
- Responsible for contacting veterinarian when needed during/throughout the foaling process for consultation or emergency situations that require advanced medical care.
- Provide Executive Director with all updates regarding foaling mares including start of foaling process, complications, emergencies, and outcomes.
- Plan, organize, direct, and implement foal training. Seek assistance with foal training from AHC trainers when needed. Train students to assist with foal handling including Foal Watch class, Live-In Crew, or other University educational classes.
- All foals fully halter broke to lead by 4 weeks of age. Train all foals instilling self confidence in every foal, using "acceptance" as the base for training . It is expected by 2 months of age all foals will safely and with confidence have hooves trimmed by farrier, lead in front of mare, stand quietly for grooming and basic clipping. Lead safely and with confidence around property.
- Plan, organize, and direct the weaning of foals and mares ensuring the mental health and safety of both mare and foal.
- Provide Executive Director with weekly documented breeding updates .
- Send breeding contracts to stallion owners and complete all necessary certificates associated with breeding and Registry requirement and deadlines. Including but not limited to Breeder Sweepstakes nominations, Scottsdale Signature Stallion program nominations, shipped semen certificates.
- Training/handling all weanlings, yearlings, and two year olds instilling confidence in all aspects of handling.
- It is expected that all two-year old and under horses lead quietly, move quietly and confidently between pastures and barns, load and unload from trailers quietly and with confidence and stand quietly for farrier. All horses should stand quietly for grooming including clipping and learn the basics of tying.

Herd Healthcare:
- Schedule coordinate order and where appropriate administer vaccinations deworming, farrier care, dental work and other routine healthcare and non-routine routine emergencies.
- Coordinate and communicate healthcare and feeding needs of horses with other AHC staff and Executive Director.
- Coordinate with veterinarian, trainers, and Executive Director the routine health care of horses and including emergencies.
- Maintain and order adequate equine health care supplies, grain, hay, supplements, other feed, horse bedding and all other materials of a horse operation.
- Work directly with vendors to negotiate best possible pricing on goods and services.
- Ensure all IACUC pasture horses have identification collars at all times.
- Communicate and coordinate with the Executive Director in a timely manner regarding the identification of health-related problems, medical treatment of horses, the sale of horses, movement of horses within the AHC, the transfer of horses to or from the property, the interstate, the interstate and any related matters including all required paperwork and documentation.

Record Keeping:
- Maintain daily detailed records on herd healthcare, both digital and hard copy.
- Maintain current health records for each individual horse including but not limited to filling out daily logs, incident reports, and other medical records.
- Ensure registry records are submitted before foals are six months of age and records are kept at the AHC.
- Ensure DNA and genetic testing are completed as required.
- Oversee IACUC and USDA records and inspections. Ensure AHC operates in compliance with all requirements of IACUC and USDA
- Ensure operations manuals and protocols related to herd health are up to date.
- Work with AHC staff to develop and maintain Stud Book.
- Communicate and provide records and health updates to IACUC University Veterinarian.
- Coordinate with IHSA and other boarded horses the movement of boarded and leased horses on and off the AHC property, including maintaining applicable records such as arrival and departure dates, photos on arrival and departure.
- Ensure all documents and contracts are completed by boarded and leased horses upon arrival.

Educational/Instructional Support:
- As directed by the Executive Director, assist with planning and organization of AHC exhibitions and special programs such as but not limited to: Sunday Shows, Hot Dog Caper, Wine Tasting, Horses for Heroes and Black Stallion Literacy Project.
- Assume active role in the instructional process by assisting laboratory instructors with the coordination of horse use and conducting of equine laboratory classes, and advising students in the care, breeding, and feeding of horses. Take lead role in training faculty/staff/students of various University departments to have safe handling skills of horses.
- As directed by the Executive Director, act as a liaison with the Arabian and Cal Poly Pomona community to engage in and implement horse related outreach programs through creating and delivering educational clinics/ seminars/programs at the AHC.
- Lead Foal Watch class.

Communication:
- Work with AHC staff to aid in the promotion of the Arabian Horse Center.
- Write articles and support social media platforms with weekly educational posts on AHC activities such as: birth of foals, events, student, staff or faculty achievements related to the AHC, and/or fun or interesting facts. Ensure content is accurate, engaging and appropriate to the media channel.
- Maintain AHC University website on a monthly basis, including but not limited to general information, updates, news and interesting facts, educational forums and history on the Arabian horse and the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
- Ensure social media outlets are updated weekly and respond quickly and proactively to comments, questions, and complaints, maintain a high level of professionalism that supports the mission and vision of Cal Poly Pomona and the AHC.
- At the direction of the Executive Director, create AHC annual periodical summarizing year's events, student success, breeding activities, foaling, and educational forums.
- Welcome visitors and deliver tours that share the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center history and mission.
- Assist will all aspects of President's Arabian Advisory Committee.
- Other special reports as needed.

Farm Operation:
- At the direction of the Executive Director, lead and oversee student assistants including Weekend Feed Crew and Live-In Feed Crew on day-to-day basis.
- Train student assistants, monitor their work and provide daily operational feedback to meet long and short-term goals of the AHC.
- Hold weekly meetings with student assistants including taking notes of meetings.
- Assign schedules for student assistants working around class schedules.
- Work effectively and collegially with other employees, the Executive Director, students, faculty, and interact with public and the Arabian Horse Industry in a professional and congenial manner.
- Support and implement University safety policies and procedures.
- Assist trainers with transporting of horses as needed. Assist trainers with the movement of horses in pasture.
- Ensure stable and breeding barn is kept neat, clean, and safe for both horses and people at all times. AHC is to be presentable to public at all times.
- Complete minor farm maintenance projects.
- Maintain daily upkeep of AHC vehicles, trailers, trucks, utility vehicles, etc .
- Serve as "On Call" during weekends and holidays. On Calls to be shared amongst Arabian Horse Center staff.
- Other duties may be assigned by the Executive Director.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

- Bachelor's Degree in Equine Science, Animal Science, or closely-related field.
- Knowledge, skill, and ability in advanced equine breeding techniques, e.g. frozen semen and embryo transfer, artificial insemination, ultrasound techniques to determine follicle size, pregnancy, or breeding issues.
- Public relations and/or sales experience.
- Teaching experience in laboratory setting
- Professional/technical writing skills.
- Computer-based record keeping and maintenance activities.
- Plan and develop priorities, and handle multiple tasks
- Able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the campus and outside communities
- Ability to effectively manage social media platforms.
- Maintain and present professional image at all times reflecting positively on the University and AHC.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Equivalent to 60 semester or 90 quarter units of academic work at a recognized college or university, with courses in animal husbandry, livestock management and related animal science subjects. (Additional specialized experience which has demonstrated that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on the basis of one year experience for each 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of accredited college work completed.)

Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in care, feeding, and breeding of livestock. Thorough knowledge of modern of modern livestock feeding, breeding and health care practices. Ability to recognize the symptoms of, and assist in the treatment of, common livestock diseases and other health programs; ability to develop a systematic program of herd improvement and development; ability to supervise unskilled student help in the care and feeding of livestock; ability to maintain clear and concise records and prepare reports; ability to coordinate the practical aspects of livestock production with the academic program and the student learning process; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with farm employees, faculty and students.

*Valid California Class A driver's license at the time of hire or within six (6) months from date of hire. Must be added to DOT random drug testing program and able to pass random drug/alcohol test.

BACKGROUND CHECK:

A background check must satisfactorily be completed before a candidate can be offered this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following: Employment verification, education verification, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Sex Offender Registry.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at: https://www.cpp.edu/campus-safety-plan.shtml

Cal Poly Pomona is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Please refer to the link below for policy information.
http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1108.html

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to hr@campus.edu

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

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 CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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