SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe.  Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic Horse Unit Manager initially for up to 6 months based at The Scottish National Equestrian Centre at Ecclesmachan near Broxburn.

The purpose of this post is to manage the SNEC stables which incorporates stabling and pasture of 29 horses and a team of Stables staff.  The Horse Unit Manager is responsible for the health and welfare of the horses – ensuring the horses health and medical needs are individually catered for.  This will include managing the Stable staff and assisting/supervising the equine students with their duties. Will include associated administrative duties and H&S policies adhered to. Will also manage external Stable hires.

Duties will include

  • Actively managing the Stables to deliver a high quality student-focused, efficient Stables that responds to education, training and commercial demands.
  • Responsibility for the welfare of the horses and ensure H&S and biosecurity practices are adhered to at all times.  Ensuring licenses and memberships are kept up-to-date, including loan horse paperwork
  • Recruiting and managing Stables staff   
  • Supervising students
  • Financial and budget reporting
  • Ensuring safe and ethical working of the Stables
  • Managing the Stables social media platform
  • Developing new external business for new Stable hire
  • Liaising with Equine Academic staff and SNEC staff to ensure the smooth running of the education provision and events along with colleagues in Campus and Estates and Farms staff
  • Management and development of the Stables
  • Managing the Stables budget, ensuring income and expenditure targets are met and comply with SRUC protocol
  • Ensuring the Stables complies with Health and Safety requirements and adheres to biosecurity protocol
  • Ensuring Vet checks, licenses and memberships are up-to-date

Further details on the responsibilities and requirements for this role can be found on the SRUC website,

To be considered for this role you should be qualified to a minimum of BHS Stage 3 Coach (AI) and/or possess a degree level qualification in a relevant subject. A BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach (II) would be desirable. You should have proven yard management experience and a current full, clean driving license is required for this role. A quad bike licence would be desirable. A qualification in first aid is essential.  

Closing date: 14 November 2021

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SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

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