Full Time Monthly Staff
Salary and Benefits
This position is in salary grade 618, with a minimum starting salary of $55,016 per annum. The successful candidate’s salary will be calculated based on education and experience within the grade range. This position is eligible for Northeast Community College’s excellent full-time fringe benefits package. Cash-in-lieu of Health Insurance may be available depending upon successful candidate’s coverage enrollment.
The Precision Agriculture Trainer serves as a partner to provide education and training at all levels from high school preparation to college and industry training in precision agriculture. This position leads the Precision Agriculture Course Engagement Team which will visualize the high school and college curriculum development including integration of experiential and other active learning design principles. This professional will subsequently design and prepare the curricular materials that will be used at the high school, college, and incumbent worker industry training. The Precision Agriculture Trainer will teach the high school experiential learning lesson and all incumbent worker training including on demand customized industry training. This professional will assist in all administrative duties, facilitate the integration of the College’s farm data and the PAL simulator lessons as experiential learning material for agriculture courses, prepare and manage the use of the PAL simulator for all levels of training, prepare and supervise the college students that educate high school students on the use of the PA equipment, and ensure that the educators are prepared to teach the unit. In addition, the Precision Agriculture Trainer will assist the PI with networking with high school teachers and dissemination of the project curriculum at annual state-wide education conferences and at national agriculture education conferences.
This is accomplished by:
Instructing and evaluating students effectively in instructional settings through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies, and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions. Incorporating the use of technology in performing instructional and non-instructional duties including distance education technologies, computerized & multi-media presentations, flipped classrooms, and use of simulators.
Demonstrating experience with the following agricultural practices: Integrated Pest Management, crop science, soil science, precision agriculture, urban agriculture/horticulture, GPS, GIS, CAD, water management, irrigation design, and Ag Business. Demonstrating the ability to learn and adapt new agricultural technologies to the instructional program, teach a wide range of ag-related topics as the schedule and situation require, communicate clearly with students, industry and staff, both orally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of individuals including students, staff, industry, and community organizations.
This is a grant funded position with plans to sustain the position even if the grant funding expires.
Bachelor’s Degree in a related agriculture field is required.
One to three years of experience in a Precision Ag related field is required.
Experience in teaching secondary and/or post-secondary courses preferred.
Valid driver’s license required.
Excellent Communication skills;
Ability to use word processing and other computer software to create course materials;
Knowledge of Precision Ag Technology and data utilization;
Expertise in operation and maintenance of Precision Ag equipment; and
Working knowledge of Precision Ag equipment electronics and hydraulics, field mapping, variable rate irrigation, precision planting and other crop related technologies.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Priority will be given to applicants who apply by Friday, August 20, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.
Open Until Filled