Horticultural Instructional Advisor

Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Date PostedNovember 29, 2018
IndustryK-12: Independent Schools
SpecialtyOther
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified
Certificate Needed Not applicable
Websitehttp://mhskids.org
Description:

Milton Hershey School (MHS) is seeking a full-time Instructional Advisor for the School’s Horticultural Center and affiliated 135 acres of fields, greenhouses, gardens, and orchards.  Milton Hershey School provides all students enrolled with agricultural, horticultural and environmental experiences.  Students with interest in these fields are also able to enrich those experiences by taking classes, participating in clubs and activities, and working in the School’s Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) Program.    

Responsibilities include:  

-Collaborating with AEE staff and teaching faculty to provide engaging, authentic, hands-on educational experiences in the horticultural center in our indoor and outdoor horticultural spaces which include greenhouses, hydroponics, gardens, and orchard areas.  

-Facilitating educational and inspiring after-school clubs and other horticultural activities and programs. 

-Scheduling and supervising students employed in horticultural programming to ensure they have authentic work experiences while also building knowledge, skill, and character.  

-Ensuring the fields, greenhouses, gardens and orchards are healthy, well maintained, and annually productive with products students can plant, nurture, harvest, and sell.  

-Utilizing farm equipment and horticultural chemicals.  

-Knowledge of greenhouse management.  

-Knowledge of orchard management.

-Inventory control, budgeting, and associated administrative responsibilities. 

-Expanding the opportunities for students at the School’s Project Market (a student-run, year-round agribusiness) and oversight of Project Market produce stock. 

Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Horticulture or affiliated major.  

-Demonstrated success in ensuring healthy and productive fields, gardens, and orchards of a similar scope to MHS’s resources.  Deep knowledge of horticultural farming, greenhouse management, gardening, and orchard management required.

- Demonstrated success with hydroponics a plus.

- Demonstrated success in providing youth with engaging agricultural or horticultural educational programming.  

-Experience with students from lower-income and diverse settings a plus.  

-Skilled in utilizing farm equipment (tractors, trucks, mowers, chain saw, pruning equipment, prayers, plows, front end loaders). 

-Proficient with Microsoft applications, Googledocs, and Internet, as well as the ability to effectively incorporate various technologies into educational experiences. 

-Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate, lead, educate, and inspire.  

-Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of integrity as all staff are considered to be role models for MHS students.  

-Candidates must be “all in” and willing to actively engage with MHS students including availability for evenings and weekend activities.   

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