Equine Caretaker Associate (El Reno, Oklahoma)

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The ASPCA’s research points to opportunities to greatly improve the welfare of equines through increasing ease and access to rehoming options and safety net support.  Following the successful launch of ASPCA’s first pilot in the Dallas-area, we were able to begin substantiating this hypothesis by providing services to 59 horses.


With the first pilot complete, a second support center pilot was opened in July of 2019 to further test and enhance this program with a goal of using our learnings to establish a permanent transition center in the country.  Nearly 275 horses have been impacted since opening the second pilot, necessitating the need for additional support to care for horses moving in- and out- of our partner facility


The Equine Caretaker Associate will also work with the Regional Support Center Coordinator, the Director of Equine Welfare and staff at Nexus Equine in El Reno, Oklahoma to ensure humane and proper care for equines that are part of the Regional Support Center.


Animal Care and Support Duties

  • Ensure a safe, clean, humane environment for all horses that are helped via the ASPCA Regional Support Center and Nexus Equine.
  • Feed, hay, provide required supplements, water, and tend to the nutritional needs as instructed for horses under ASPCA and/or Nexus care as part of activities of the ASPCA Regional Support Center.
  • Ensure horses are turned out and/or exercised on a regular, scheduled basis.
  • Clean stalls and assist with maintaining the cleanliness and proper functioning of all aspects of the barn, runs, and pastures used in conjunction with Regional Support Center activities.
  • Interface with and assist the ASPCA Regional Support Center Veterinarians and Farriers during appointments.
  • Coordinate with other intake/rehoming partners to efficiently move horses during times of transport.
  • Remain on-site at Center/Nexus as needed.
  • Provide feedback and troubleshoot with the Equine Welfare VP and Director as needed.

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible.
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Additional Information

  • 2+ years’ experience in community services, customer service, community organizing, advocacy or related field
  • 2+ years’ experience handling equines preferred
  • Must provide a valid driver’s license upon hire 
  • Flexibility in work schedule; weekend and off-hours as required.


  • Ability to work outside, in various conditions and in conditions that may include exposure to biological hazards, such as feces and blood
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., carry up to 25 lbs., bend, crawl, reach overhead, kneel, and stand for long periods to meet the physical requirements of this position
  • Animal handling a requirement
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
  • Strong team player, as well as ability to work independently
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Displays care and concern for the safety and well-being of self, animals and others, especially during stressful situations


See above for qualifications details.




Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.