Under general supervision, performs various duties in the care and maintenance of horses at the stable facility used by the San Francisco Police Mounted Unit. Essential functions include feeding, grooming, treating and handling horses; maintaining horse stalls and surrounding areas, equipment and supplies; performing minor repairs; interacting with other departmental personnel and the public; and driving department vehicles. Incumbents also perform other related duties as required. Working conditions involve sustained physical effort including considerable standing and bending, moderately heavy lifting (up to 120 lbs.) and a working environment sometimes unpleasant with foul odor and/or inclement weather. Stable attendants may be required to work nights, weekends, holidays and rotating days off.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 9, the duties specified below are representative of the duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.
Maintaining Facility: 1. Cleans horse stalls separating clean from soiled straw using a pitchfork and shove, and spreads and "fluffs up" straw in cleaned stall using a pitch fork (beds down stall); 2. Cleans out automatic water system and feed bin and cleans interior and exterior gutters and drains using required plumbing tools; 3. Sweeps and/or washes debris from stalls and adjacent areas using a push broom and/or hose; 4. Secures compound by opening/closing gates, doors and other security areas.
Grooming, Feeding and Treating Horses: 1. Grooms horses using stiff brush and finishing brush, curry, mane and tail combs, and horse vacuum; shampoos, lathers, and rinses horses; 2. Cleans hoofs using a horse pick and trims horses' legs and whiskers using electric clippers; 3. Feeds horses by mixing and placing grains, vitamins, and/or feed supplements in feeding bucket and placing alfalfa/oat hay in stalls using a pitchfork; 4. Administers shots and treatment (i.e. leg wraps) to for sick horses; 5. Inspects horses for signs of medical and physical distress by observing their behavior; 6. Walks and turns out horses in the surrounding areas of the compound; 7. Cleans tack (saddle, corona, bridle, halter, etc.), using soap, sponge, knife and/or brush; 8. Inspects and maintains equipment and devices such as hand tools, float locks, hinges, ropes.
Other duties: 1. Interacts with the public and other department personnel on the telephone and on site; 2. Reviews and completes routine departmental forms and reports; 3. Drives Departmental vehicles.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: procedures and equipment for grooming and maintaining horses and common safety practices when working around horses and equipment. Ability to: safely move horses; interact professionally and communicate orally with others; lift, carry and stack bales of hay; have physical endurance and stamina, even in adverse conditions.
Experience and Training
1. Six months (1000 hours) of verifiable experience caring for and handling horses (such as a groom, ranchhand or large animal veterinary assistant; AND 2. Ability to lift and carry bales of hay weighing up to 120 pounds; AND 3. Possession of a valid driver license
Disaster Service Workers
All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.