I am a disciplined and reliable worker looking for a flex courier driving position within the Geisinger system. I am an experienced driver that is comfortable driving multiple types and sizes of vehicles, over various distances, in any kind of weather, that can be relied on to be safe and efficient. I am able to work on my own or as a team, be professional, follow instructions, learn quickly, and am willing to adapt to meet goals.
I am hoping to work four days a week, Monday through Thursday, at any length of hours each day in order to allow me to have Friday though Sunday to work at what would be my secondary part time job of Farrier (Blacksmith or Horse Shoer) for my already established clients. Although I would prefer starting early and working through the day (12 hours each day if necessary), I would consider other available hours, and would be willing to be called any day of the week to check my availability for an emergency run that day if I am not already working elsewhere.
Patient, reliable horseshoeing and trimming of horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, draft horses, miniature horses, goats, sheep, llamas, alpaca, pigs, and occasional cows on a regular schedule with anytime customer support, while also preforming treatment or correction of foot-related maladies and in cooperation with veterinarians whenever necessary. Done mostly on a part-time basis during every week.
-Safe and reliable daily driving of multiple specialized work truck rigs wide-ranging distances to numerous client locations multiple times a day in any kind of weather.
-Usually long, daily variable hours and requirements outdoors in any weather.
-Backing of work truck to as convenient a placement as possible for each location and then unloading of main necessary tools including lifting out and back in of 100 pound anvil, welding equipment and tool boxes at every stop .
-Working in the forge fire and welding (brazing) horse shoes at almost every stop in any weather.
-Various other duties including assisting 2 Farriers with tools, horses and other equipment.
Self-employed sole owner and driver of a paratransit 15 passenger van service for people whose religious beliefs do not allow them to own or operate motorized vehicles (Amish) for about six years or so.
I enjoy reading and learning and find time most days to further educate myself on all kinds of subjects. I enjoy history and have spent time through the years at historical re-enactments whenever I was able. I learned to fence in college which led to re-enacting the Medieval period with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and my discovery of the art of Blacksmithing when I started making my first set of armor and first swords.
After that I worked and lived on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and did everything from maintenance to stage management to setting off pyrotechnics. I lived in the apartment above the barn and helped with the horses used by the Joust Troupe and for other shows.
I have done Civil War Cavalry and had the privilege to be at one of the yearly Gettysburg re-enactments for the public and I was even included (briefly) riding in uniform with my colleagues in a documentary on the battle.
More recently I have been doing Cowboy Action Shooting with the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) where actual weapons from the 1800's can be used or accurate reproductions, together with period correct costumes are used to recreate the spirit of the old west during shooting competitions following strict safety rules. I took the classes to become a second level Range Officer to help with safety during monthly matches.
- Patient and respectful interaction with both animals and clients.
- Safe, calm, and patient driving no matter if short or long distance, time of day, or weather.
- Ability to find my destination even with limited or partial directions.
- Continuous attention and care to maintain a reliable and safe vehicle, while also keeping it prepared and equipped properly for any time of year or emergency circumstances.
- Perseverance and adaptability to difficult or challenging working environment, in all weather, any time of the year.
- Availability 24/7 to answer a client question or go help in an emergency.
- Ability to stay calm in a crisis (even when a thousand pound animal is aggressive or impatient directly next to/above me/towards me).
- Time management abilities to ensure prompt and reliable service.
- Ability to notify clients promptly if unforeseeable circumstances compel a late arrival time so that the client is not kept in suspense or puzzlement.
- Organizational ability to ensure I have the proper tools, equipment, and information available that I will need for each day's work.
- Ability to keep records to ensure accurate scheduling and rescheduling if necessary, directions and route planning, pertinent information on each animal and owner, and to ensure continuing progress on any health treatments or corrective trims/shoeing.
- Ability to lift and carry heavy weights whatever the distance necessary to make my job possible (for example: a 100 pound anvil).
- Ability to overcome, adapt, and find adequate solutions to any sudden or unpredictable circumstances that can affect the timely, correct and safe completion of my job.
- A profound sense of honesty and duty to do my best work for each animal and client that I work with, every time, without regard for irrelevant differences (politics, religion, race, sexual orientation, financial circumstances, etc.), to be trustworthy, have a sense of honor, and show respect at all times for the personal information and privacy of my clients.
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