Pictured Above: Montana State University seeks qualified applicants for an instructor for its farrier science program. PHOTO: Doc Cravens / Montana State University

Do you have an interest in teaching farriery? A state university in Big Sky Country is seeking qualified applicants.

Montana State University’s Farrier School, which offers a 16-week program in the spring and fall that’s designed for those who wish to pursue careers as farriers, is looking to fill its non-tenured instructor position. MSU will begin screening applications Saturday, Feb. 1; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. Qualified farriers can apply at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/19186.

“This professional course provides students with the opportunity to obtain a solid background in the field of farrier science through the application of sound principles in a practical hands-on setting,” according to the job posting. “Students will have skills necessary to establish their own practice, qualify for licensing at major race tracks, and prepare for the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) certification exams.”

An advanced farrier science class is also offered by the MSU Farrier School, which is a certificate course managed by the Animal and Range Sciences Department. The school receives no state funding and is supported by student fees.

Qualified candidates must be an AFA certified journeyman farrier and demonstrated teaching ability. It’s preferred that candidates have:

  • Demonstrated mastery of equine limb and hoof anatomy and care.
  • Demonstrated collaborative work with veterinarians on equine lameness.
  • Demonstrated blacksmithing experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as a professional farrier.
  • Demonstrated horse handling and management skills.

In addition, the successful candidate will have effective interpersonal and communication skills, can work independently, have exceptional organizational skills, be strongly interested in the success of students and a commitment to quality teaching.

To apply, send a cover letter addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications, as well as a résumé to Montana State University. It's important that applicants follow the procedure described as the application is rated and will determine whether the Search Committee will interview the candidate. For questions about this position, please contact Tracy Ross at (406) 994-3788 or tracy.ross@montana.edu.