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Equine Studies Technician and Instructor

To assist with the day to day running of the College’s Equine facility and commercial events in conjunction with the Head of the Land Based Department.  To instruct learners on a defined range of units/modules/practical activities to meet curriculum requirements, in line with College Quality Assurance procedures. To assist with the preparation of equipment and resources to support the delivery of the curriculum and events within the Department of Land based Studies, with particular emphasis on Equine Studies courses, in line with the College’s Health and Safety Policy and Regulations and the needs of the College. In conjunction with the Equine staff team, identify the requirements for students on work experience/industry skill enhancement and to supervise them whilst working in the College’s Equine facility.

Craven College
Date Posted:
May 12, 2022
Post No.
Rate of pay
Craven College Harmonised Pay Scale point 9 – FTE £22,974 per annum
37 hours
Responsible to
Head of Department - Land Based
Closing Date
May 29, 2022 23:59
Special Conditions

This post is subject to a probationary period of 6 months, upon successful completion of which the post will become permanent

Weekend working for continuity of care of the horses. Additionally, some evenings and full weekends may be required in line with the needs of the College

A full enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be required for this post

Key Duties

This job description is a guide to the duties you will be expected to perform immediately on your appointment. These may change in the future in line with the strategic direction and development of the College. 

  • To assist for the welfare, care and supervision of horses within the College Equine Facility, to ensure that feeding, cleaning, monitoring health and record keeping, (for example vaccinations, shoeing, worming), are undertaken to the highest standards; 
  • To be responsible for implementing procedures and routines in conjunction with the College Equine policies to ensure the safety, cleanliness and general upkeep of the Equine Facility; 
  • To provide technical assistance and support to lecturers when demonstrating practical activities and provide support/cover for other technical staff within the School e.g., Horticulture, Countryside Technicians;  
  • To ensure that all Equine areas and equipment are maintained and kept safe and tidy, in line with Health and Safety requirements, to ensure areas are professional in appearance, industry and inspection ready; 
  • To monitor stock levels of feed, bedding and other consumables as required, maintain their storage, security and stock control using effective recording systems, in line with College policies, to ensure appropriate care is always in place including when the College is closed; 
  • To prepare materials and equipment for practical classes in conjunction with the Land Based team, ensuring an accurate equipment inventory and implement a replacement or renewal policy, in line with College procedures, whilst maintaining appropriate records;
  • Ensuring high standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness in all Equine areas and associated storage and service areas, including the correct disposal of all waste from the Equine areas, in line with Health and Safety Regulations
  • The co-ordination, and carrying out of exercising, training and handling of Equines as appropriate and as required in conjunction with Equine studies team and policy documentation;
  • To liaise with teaching staff to plan and develop activities for off-site practical activities, to enrich the learner experience; 
  • To contribute to the development of the facility in conjunction with the staff team;
  • To implement schemes of work, instruct students in line with learning and curriculum plans, which have been designed with/and for them, in conjunction with designated programme tutor/s; 
  • To supervise student learning activities and work experience within the Equine Facility or the Learning Resource Centre, classroom, workshop, during field work, visits, placements or in any other designated learning situation; 
  • To carry out as directed relevant administrative tasks appropriate to the learning situation including the marking of registers and the submission of other returns and records, in line with Quality Assurance procedures; 
  • To support and provide educational guidance to students through the learning process and associated assessment activities; 
  • To assess, monitor and mark student practical activities within the learning sessions, whilst assisting students with action planning and recording achievement where appropriate within the learning sessions; 
  • To organise, adapt, and maintain learning materials and/or equipment and support the designated programme tutor/s with the on-going development of learning plans; 
  • To attend Curriculum area, College and other appropriate meetings as required; 
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships with relevant staff and external clients and agencies; 
  • To meet high standards of good practice within health and safety and undertake checks whilst following/adapt appropriate Risk Assessments as required; in conjunction with relevant staff in line with Health and Safety requirements;
  • To help students develop modern, safe working practices and behaviours – in all aspects of their learning including technical (vocational skills) and employability skills;
  • You will be expected to be fully conversant with and implement the College’s range of equality and diversity and safeguarding policies and procedures, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all learners and staff;
  • To participate in the College’s appraisal scheme and lesson observation process and undertake further professional development in line with the needs of the College;
  • Any other duties commensurate with grade and status as may reasonably be requested.
Person Specific


Our behaviours are not meant to be exhaustive but serve to illustrate and bring to life the range of aspects that contribute to being an effective Craven colleague. We need everyone to bring them to life. 



  • Connected - Work well with others
  • Innovative - Creative and solutions-focussed, work inventively, generate new ideas
  • Responsible - Takes ownership, completes work well and on time



  • Curious - Inquisitive and interested
  • Optimistic - Have a positive outlook
  • Progressive - Determined to succeed



  • Adaptable – Flexible
  • Enthusiastic - Can do attitude
  • Pragmatic - Sensible and realistic



  • Positive mindset - Committed and determined
  • Respectful - Inclusive and kind
  • Socially intelligent - Self-aware and employable

The person we are hoping to appoint will meet all the following essential requirements and some or all the desirable requirements.


  • Equine Studies Level 3 Qualification
  • Minimum Level 2 Coach, with a desire to complete Level 3 e.g., BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 2)
  • Broad knowledge and experience of caring for a range of Equine species to include competition horses;
  • Knowledge of correct hygiene and cleaning procedures and a keen awareness of Health and Safety issues, including practical knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, safe working practice and risk assessment;
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work in a team and with students with a wide range of abilities and needs; 
  • Liaise effectively with College staff, students, owners, legislative awarding bodies, industry professionals, external visitors and outside suppliers;
  •  Ability to maintain accurate records relating to the care of horses and documentation required for the Equine facility, whilst adhering to the systems and procedures to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the facility;
  • Current First Aid at Work qualification or willing to work towards;
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic, with good time-management skills;
  • Knowledge and experience in relation to stock control and inventory;
  • Experience of instructing or teaching, including assessing and maintaining record for practical activities, and experience of quality processes within the practical assessment team;
  • Ability to work flexibly to a consistently high standard on own initiative with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Willingness to work flexibly around the needs of the College, commercial ventures, and the Equine Department including regular weekend work, with occasional evenings and unsocial hours;
  • Full driving licence and experience of tractor driving, arena levelling, and maintenance;
  • Qualified First Aider, or willing to work towards qualification;
  • Up to date IT skills, timely processing of orders and response to requests via email or Microsoft applications, including liaison with staff, students and external parties;
  • Willingness to support staff as required in other specialist areas within the Department;
  • Willingness to undertake continual professional development and training, in line with the needs of the College.


  • Health and Safety qualification;
  • First Aid qualification;
  • Ability to plan work programmes and supervise work experience students and apprentices with a range of abilities and needs;
  • Minimum Level 3 Teaching Award in Education and Training, or willing to work towards;
  •  Assessor’s Award Qualification;
  • BHSQ Level 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 3);
  • Experience of working at commercial equine events;
  • Experience of working at a BHS Approved Centre or Exam Centre.
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