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ERL Farm Manager

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Facilities Management
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: Yes

Posting Number: 202100492AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Research Associate I

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
41,000 - 44,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The Equine Reproduction Laboratory is part of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Sciences within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. The CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory has developed leading-edge equine reproduction techniques for the equine industry for over 45 years. Techniques such as collection of semen and artificial insemination, recovery and transfer of equine embryos, shipping cooled semen, and shipping cooled embryos are now routine in the equine industry, due in large part to the research, education, and outreach efforts of the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory.

Position Summary

The ERL Farm Manager will oversee the care for horses housed at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. The primary duties of this position are to: 1) directly oversee the feeding and watering of horses as directed by faculty and animal needs; 2) directly oversee the cleaning and maintenance of facilities as needed for proper care of horses; 3) oversee horse-care staff, including hiring, providing work assignments, proper orientation and training and scheduling as based on needs and number of horses at the ERL; 4) oversee equipment and supplies including routing maintenance of equipment; 5) act as a liaison with ARBL unit for commodity purchases; 6) act as a liaison between ERL mare and stallion team and ERL feed crew for changes in feeding protocols and individual needs; and 7) provide fiscal management of animal care. Specifically, this position needs to make sure the animals are healthy, which requires strong communication skills, coordination and record keeping. During an emergency this position works in coordination with other Foothills animal managers for evacuation of and relocation of animals depending on the situation. This position requires practical horse experience and managerial experience.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Equine Science, Animal Science or related agriculture field. Associates degree may be substituted with an additional 2 years of experience.
Three years of experience in animal care management with demonstrated ability and experience in managing horses and an equine facility, including feed management, heavy equipment operation, truck and trailer operation.
  • Minimum of two years management experience; managing a group of 3+ individuals.
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities and attention to detail such as the ability to maintain high quality records and other data management.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with faculty, staff, students, clients, and other University staff and industry partners.
  • Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours, including early mornings, weekends and holidays, as necessary.
  • Basic computer skills.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • 3 or more years of experience with horse care, equine facility management.
  • Strong working knowledge of horse related commodities, such as hay, grain and horse bedding. Ability to make basic facility repairs as necessary.
  • Conversationally bilingual in Spanish.
Diversity Statement
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.
Job Duty Category: Horse Care Supervision for Feeding and Stall Cleaning


Oversees and participates in the feeding, watering, cleaning and safety checks for horses in barn/stall facilities at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. Participates in commodity purchasing with other Foothills animal managers. Monitors commodity usage and places orders when appropriate. Conducts routine hay analysis. Communicates with ERL Mare and Stallion teams on general horse care and observations.

This position will oversee proper care of horses and facilities, including but not restricted to - feed quality, appropriate feeding times, water quality and availability, proper safety practices, human care and treatment of horses, observation of potential problems with horses and feed crew employees.

Percentage Of Time: 40

Job Duty Category: Feeding Crew Management


Manage ERL feed crew staff. This includes development of job descriptions, hiring, on-boarding, proper training and orientation, scheduling staff, monitoring quality of work, etc. Develop materials to provide consistent training and instruction for all employees that include safety protocols. Ensure that staff follow ERL and University protocols. Perform mid-year and annual reviews of permanent staff.

Percentage Of Time: 40

Job Duty Category: Facility Maintenance


Maintain clean facility, perform basic facility repairs as needed. Monitor conditions and needs in facility turn out pens. Snow removal in coordination with Foothills crew and Parking Services. Maintain a clean and operational facility, such as barn doors, gates, footing in mare runs, footing in stallion pens, painting, manure removal and gardening. Proper service and maintenance of ERL heavy equipment and vehicles.

Percentage Of Time: 20

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Kay Gallatin at

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver's License

Search Contact
Kay Gallatin

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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