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Equine Assistant

Posted May 10, 2021

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Tucson, AZ

About This Job


Miraval is hiring an Equine Assistant to help provide horse care and ranch facilities maintenance; and support as needed during programming. This could include, but isn’t limited to, feeding horses and caring for horses as requested, cleaning pens, loading/unloading hay and feed; supporting facilitators with transportation of guests, changing horses as needed during programs, and supporting the physical and emotional well-being of the horses.

We work closely as a team to provide a unique and welcoming environment, and to support our equine and human colleagues, as well as our guests. This includes, but is not limited to, awareness of the energy we bring to all interactions with the horses and how this affects them; and a willingness to be self-reflective with a spirit of continual personal and professional growth.

The day to day for the Equine Assistant includes, but isn’t limited to, assisting facilitators as needed in their role to provide high quality equine programming; the usual horse care duties such as feeding, grooming health and welfare checks, and maintenance of the barns, pastures, and grounds.

We strive to create a happy and safe environment for our horses in the way we care for them, and interact with them. At times this may seem like a departure from some traditional attitudes and methods for working with horses. The ranch staff intentionally creates an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, and strives to meet the highest standards of professionalism and team work in all we are, and do. This is a fast paced environment; great communication skills, adaptability, and the desire to embrace opportunities/challenges with grounded presence are essential.

We are happy to provide training, and the tools to succeed, for the right person. Some horse experience, and an understanding of the physical demands required to care for them, and their environment, are important.

An interest in personal growth, mindfulness, and an open minded approach to learning and working with others will be helpful for anyone in this role.


Duties, Responsibilities and Skills


  1. Assist Facilitators with guest programs in the Equine Department as requested, including group classes and private consultations as assigned. The willingness to perform these functions with cooperation, support of team mates, and flexibility to accommodate schedule changes.


  1. Assist in all matters of care for the horses, equipment, and grounds as assigned. This includes, but is not limited to, things like feeding, grooming, manure cleanup and management, holding horses, vet and medical care, well-being and health checks, monitoring horses for vitality and good health. The ability to lift and maneuver 100 pound bales of hay, heavy equipment, and to work outdoors in sometimes harsh conditions are all essential to this job.


  1. Some knowledge and familiarity with horses and horse care helpful, with the desire to learn new and potentially unfamiliar ways of interacting with horses, communicating with horses, and working with horses. Ability to follow directions, willingness to learn.


  1. Maintain complete confidentiality in all guest and program matters in accordance with Miraval policy.


  1. Demonstrate mindfulness, emotional intelligence and agility, and a high tolerance for vulnerability in all interactions with guests and colleagues.


Please provide a resume with your application, and cover letter that highlights the ways your experience and interests make you a great fit for this position.


About this Employer

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

5000 East Vía Estancia Miraval
Tucson, AZ 85739

(855) 234-1672

117 Room Hotel

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Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1995 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler.Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Miraval Life in Balance Spa, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally.


Miraval began in 1995 with a powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance. Guided by this philosophy, Miraval Resort & Spa was born in Tucson, set against the Santa Catalina Mountains in the High Sonoran Desert. Guests came to Miraval individually or with family and friends to relax, refresh, and learn to live and feel better. There were no strict regimens. Instead, choice was the guiding principle, with a wide range of programs and experiences designed to create overall well-being and help guests become more aware of themselves and their surroundings – live in the moment through the means that works best for them.

Miraval’s pioneering approach to activities, experiences and personal treatments – enveloped in a high-touch, personalized experience for each of its guests – helped to define the destination spa industry that has flourished worldwide in recent decades and led to Miraval’s top ranking by the most respected voices in luxury travel, including Condé Nast TravelerTravel+Leisure and SpaFinder, just to name a few.