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State of Minnesota Detention Barn Technician - Agricultural Technician in Shakopee, Minnesota

Working Title: Detention Barn Technician

Job Class: Agricultural Technician

Agency: Minnesota Racing Commission

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 02/09/2024

  • Closing Date : 09/03/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC)

  • Division/Unit : Minnesota Racing Commission / MRC-Shakopee Barn

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Varies

  • Days of Work : Varies

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $17.14 - $22.26 / hourly

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 203 - Service/AFSCME

  • Work Area : Shakopee Barn

  • End Date : 10/01/2024

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : No

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The list of qualified applicants established from this job announcement may be used to fill up to 13 vacancies for the 2023 horse racing season at Canterbury Park, Shakopee.


The 2024 racing season is from May 18, 2024, to September 28, 2024. Training for this position will begin on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Canterbury Park will conduct live racing on Thursday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons, 2 Wednesdays in July, 1 Wednesday in September, and two holidays, July 4th and Labor Day. There will be no live racing July 16-23, 2024. There are 54 days of live racing scheduled. First post is at 5pm most weekdays and Saturdays, 1pm on Sundays and holidays. Work hours are variable and flexible-typically between 4pm and 11pm or 11am and 6pm.

DUTIES include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and enforce rules related to the detention and handling of horses after races at Canterbury Park.

  • Verify and tag horses. Escort horses and handlers to assigned stalls in the detention barn.

  • Assist in obtaining appropriate urine and blood samples.

  • Ensure proper handling of samples to maintain a strict chain of custody.

  • Replace supplies in stalls.

  • Remain alert for safety and security hazards and report any violations of safety and security regulations.

  • Assist the Detention Barn Coordinator, Detention Barn Veterinarian and/or Chief Commission Veterinarian with other duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience working with horses.

  • Must be able to handle a horse in an emergency situation and summon immediate veterinary attention as required.

  • Written and oral communication skills sufficient to understand and follow procedures to identify horses and samples, complete forms, respond to inquiries, and report to coordinators or veterinarians as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • In pursuit of a degree in areas of veterinary medicine or animal sciences.

  • Fluent in written/spoken Spanish.

Physical Requirements

  • Involves frequent moving to accomplish tasks

  • Requires working outdoors in all weather conditions.

  • Must be able to transport up to 40 lbs.

Additional Requirements

Must pass the background check required for all employees of the Minnesota Racing Commission.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.