Equine careers can include a variety of positions such as barn manager, groom, broodmare manager, stallion manager, farrier, veterinarian, riding instructor, trainer, rider, and other equine related roles.
There are a number of free job search sites that can help equine career seekers find employment opportunities. While networking and searching local listings can be key to finding desirable positions, online options help a candidate widen their search to include all possible options.
Equistaff is a well known U.S. equine job search site that offers listings for a wide variety of position titles ranging from groom to equestrian facility manager. The Equistaff site can direct job seekers to several useful resources such as a salary survey, a newsletter, a listing of schools and training options, and other career tools. Job seeker resumes can be uploaded and kept on file for the candidate to use when applying for the jobs of their choice, and there is no cost to the candidate.
Yard & Groom is a job search site from the United Kingdom that offers worldwide job listings (with many available positions listed in both Europe and the United States). They advertise for all equine related job titles including competition grooms, marketing representatives, sales staff, trainers, riding instructors, riders, and polo players.
Canadian-based HorseJobs is now billed as the largest North American equine job search site, having merged with EquiMax.com in 2011. The site has various options including an extensive “ask the experts” section with practical advice for job seekers.
Central Equine offers a variety of equine listings, from horses and tack for sale to equine job opportunities. Resumes and job openings can be posted in the job marketplace at no charge to the candidate or the employer.
Equine Guelph, a division of the University of Guelph in Canada, offers a very large equine employment search site called JobTrack. The site offers a listings for a wide variety of equine jobs including groom, hotwalker, rider, manager, trainer, riding instructor, foreman, massage therapist, and more.
Equine Staff is a United Kingdom based job site, with most job postings in Europe. Recent featured job listings included receptionist, groom, and assistant positions. The site is relatively new but appears to be expanding rapidly.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) posts job opportunities for equine veterinarians, equine veterinary technicians, and other equine health related positions. The AAEP site allows the candidate to set up job alert emails so that jobs which match up to specified search criteria will be emailed immediately to the candidate once they are posted.
Horse and Hound is a British site that lists position openings and situations desired. Job titles include groom, rider, manager, riding instructor, administrative, and sales staff. The site also posts news articles for the showing and breeding industries.
Other major sites that are not specifically designed for equine career searches may also be of use to the equine job seeker. Sites such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and Indeed.com frequently have equine related job listings on their searchable databases. Equine veterinary technician and equine product sales or marketing positions are amongst the most common equine related job postings on such sites.
Additional equine career opportunities may be found on university career websites, equine internship sites, breed association sites, equine professional sites, and agricultural or animal science related job search sites. Other sources for equine job opportunity advertisements may include equine magazines (i.e. Horse Illustrated, Blood Horse, Thoroughbred Times), equine newsletters, local newspapers, and the online versions of these print publications.
Many jobs in the equine industry are never officially offered to the public, so word of mouth advertising and referrals can be important ways to find out about potential job opportunities. Networking at local shows and trade fairs is one great way to find out about openings in the field. Local equine veterinarians, farriers, instructors, and trainers can also provide tips on which employers are looking to fill staff positions in the area.
Job seekers should have a completed and well edited resume on hand to use when searching for online job postings. Many equine job search sites allow the candidate to upload and edit their resume on the site so that it can be readily transferred to potential employers when a suitable job is advertised. It also benefits the candidate to have at least a basic cover letter on file that can be tailored to highlight the candidate’s qualifications that make them a perfect fit for a specific job.