I requested help sorting out problems with my electric fences. Stephen responded that while he wasn't familiar with electric fences, he knows a fair amount about electricity. Through email, we discussed my need for someone who can look at a problem, consider possible causes, figure out what one, or ones, are responsible, and then be able to come up with a solution or two. In other words, someone who can think systematically.
Stephen grasped quickly the nature of the problems, walked the fences with me, listened while I described how things have been set up and how they need to be reworked. He sent me through email a diagram of my farm's pastures with color coded fence lines. Over the course of a couple of weeks, working in 2 to 3-hour sessions, he has kept the job organized in his mind and on paper (computer screen), adding information regarding what is completed and what is next, even labeling corners so we have a common vocabulary for discussing the job; we have talked about alternatives that will improve the conduction of the electric fences overall. I couldn't be more pleased.
Stephen largely works independently; I am not always around. I have no worry he is leaving gates open for horses to escape, I know he works at a good pace without being sloppy or too hurried; he thinks about what he's doing and he checks in with me when he gets to a point we have not yet discussed.
And, he is good enough that I am compiling a list of other repairs I need around the place for when he's done with the fences.