Discovery Horse, LLC Farm Hand Fort Ripley, MN · Part time

As a Farm Hand at Discovery Horse, you'll be a vital part of our team, ensuring the care and well-being of our animals and the upkeep of our 15-acre farm. You'll provide daily care for all farm animals, including feeding, grooming, and maintaining their shelters. Your work will also involve regular grounds maintenance, such as mowing, fence repairs, and general upkeep. In this role, you'll navigate a busy client schedule, ensuring a safe and organized environment for both animals and people. This position offers the rewarding experience of working closely with animals in all weather conditions, contributing directly to their health and happiness.

Description

WHO ARE WE?

Discovery Horse, a behavioral health and mental wellness agency, is a sanctuary nestled within a serene 15-acre therapeutic farm in Fort Ripley, Minnesota. Our dedicated team provides nervous systems-based, relationship-focused support, employing a holistic approach to guide individuals, children, and families through the challenges of trauma and toxic stress. In addition to our individual and group services, we offer an intensive family program that places a special emphasis on parents, providing them with education, support, and a sense of community. We believe in leading by example, and cultivating an organizational culture rooted in healthy, authentic connections. At Discovery Horse, we're not just about working for an organization; we're about working with it, fostering a paradigm shift towards workplace relationships built on mutual respect and genuine collaboration.


OUR MISSION:

We're on a mission to foster personal growth and empowerment, providing a space where individuals can uncover new insights, cultivate meaningful connections, and carry the essence of connection and wisdom into their daily lives. At the heart of our mission lies a dedication to fostering nervous system wellness, recognizing its profound impact on fostering connected and meaningful relationships. We prioritize nervous system education and wellness, equipping everyone we serve with the knowledge and tools needed to understand and nurture their own nervous system health. Safety, authenticity, collaboration, and trust are the cornerstones of our approach to building intentional relationships. We envision a world where everyone experiences a deep sense of belonging, security, and self-awareness, enabling them to navigate life's challenges with clarity and resilience.



WHO YOU ARE:

You are a dedicated and reliable individual who thrives in a dynamic and outdoor setting. Your love for animals and commitment to their well-being drives your work ethic. You are proactive, safety-conscious, and able to prioritize tasks effectively. Communication and teamwork come naturally to you, allowing you to integrate seamlessly into a busy and collaborative environment. You are undeterred by challenging weather conditions and are willing to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, to ensure the animals receive the care they need. Your passion for animal care and the outdoors makes you a perfect fit for this role at Discovery Horse.


WHAT THIS ROLE WILL DO

As a Farm Hand at Discovery Horse, you'll be a vital part of our team, ensuring the care and well-being of our animals and the upkeep of our 15-acre farm. You'll provide daily care for all farm animals, including feeding, grooming, and maintaining their shelters. Your work will also involve regular grounds maintenance, such as mowing, fence repairs, and general upkeep. In this role, you'll navigate a busy client schedule, ensuring a safe and organized environment for both animals and people. This position offers the rewarding experience of working closely with animals in all weather conditions, contributing directly to their health and happiness.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for maintaining Discovery Horse's multi-building/15-acre farm property, animal care, equipment, and farm-related supplies
  • Daily considers client calendar, weather, seasonal responsibilities, and daily tasks when planning and prioritizing tasks for self
  • This position may work hours that range from standard business hours to evening and/or weekend hours
  • Provide each animal with a loving, structured, and safe environment based in connection
  • Maintain a safe, clean and organized environment within the facility, on the farm, and in commercial vehicles
  • Commit to learning the difference between compliance and cooperation and with a willingness to build relationships focused on consent and cooperation
  • Must communicate effectively with staff and be able to work within the confines of Discovery Horses’ busy client schedule
  • Maintains compliance with state and federal laws governing the work of DH, including but not limited to HIPPA compliance and state waiver programs
  • Regularly attends related compliance trainings as required
  • Actively seek opportunities for learning and development
  • Practices humility & self-awareness, recognizing feedback as an opportunity to learn and grow
  • This position will work, in person, with hours that range from standard business hours to evening and/or weekend hours
  • Responsible for building trusted and connected relationships with fellow team members, resident animals and clients
  • Practices accountability in all organizational and programmatic policies, procedures, safety protocols & community agreements
  • Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, and continuing education opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, empathy, and professionalism when interacting with clients and their families
  • Promotes consistency and predictability in animal care routines
  • Records and escalates any unusual animal observation
  • Ability to anticipate and prioritize activities and work safely within an equine environment is critical
  • Completes other duties as assigned


ROLE-SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides daily care of all farm animals including feeding, watering, handling, grooming, medication, stall cleanliness etc.
  • Performs regular care of the grounds, fence maintenance, mowing, weed control, gardening, tree limb maintenance, landscaping, seasonal décor etc.
  • Assists the Farm Manager in conducting inventory, ordering supplies and submitting expense reports in a timely manner.
  • Completes building and property maintenance tasks assigned including general maintenance and equipment breakdowns. Ensures timely repairs on equipment or facility issues.
  • Submits expense reports in timely fashion


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION 

  • High School Diploma


EXPERIENCE

  • Preferred experience with equines and equine care
  • Previous experience working on a farm



OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires walking, climbing stairs, lifting and carrying 50+ pounds with occasional sitting. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Willingness to undergo background check and any required certifications or training. 




SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITION

This position is deemed as a “Safety Sensitive Position.” Company employees occupying a position considered “Safety Sensitive” under Minnesota law, in which, in the opinion of management, impairment caused by drug, cannabis, or alcohol usage would threaten the health of safety of any other person may be subject to testing on a random selection basis, at the discretion of management or based on the requirements of a client.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

We are passionate and committed to our people and go beyond the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion. You will be working in an inclusive environment and be encouraged to bring your whole self to work. We will do all that we can to help you successfully balance your work and homelife. As a growing business we will encourage you to develop your professional and personal aspirations, enjoy new experiences, and learn from the talented people you will be working with. It’s talent that matters to us and we encourage applications from people irrespective of their gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status or caring responsibilities.

Discovery Horse, LLC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of age (40 and over), ancestry, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), family and medical care leave or the denial of family and medical care leave, mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), marital status, domestic partner status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veteran status, political affiliation, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship, race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law, rule, ordinance or regulation.

We also afford equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability. For this reason, Discovery Horse, LLC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant consistent with its legal obligations to do so, including reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy in accordance with applicable local, state and / or federal law. As part of its commitment to make reasonable accommodations, Discovery Horse, LLC also wishes to participate in a timely, good faith, interactive process with a disabled applicant to determine effective reasonable accommodations, if any, which can be made in response to a request for accommodations. Applicants are invited to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made to assist them to perform the essential functions of the position they seek. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should contact Discovery Horse, LLC to request the opportunity to participate in a timely interactive process. Discovery Horse, LLC will also provide reasonable religious accommodations on a case-by-case basis.



Salary

$15 - $20 per hour