Horticultural Instructional Advisor, Outdoor Growing Project Market
JOB ID: 22000229
Milton Hershey School is seeking a Horticultural Instructional Advisor in the School’s Agricultural and Environmental Education department. Milton Hershey School provides agricultural and educational experiences and programming for the student body of over 2,000 students. This position provides joint leadership for the MHS Horticultural Center which is a 135-acre horticultural enterprise including greenhouses, surrounding acreage and an education center. The position includes oversight of outdoor floriculture, fruit and vegetable crop and orchard production, operation of a small apiary, instructional responsibilities, and agri-business components. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity of overseeing a year-round, student-run agri-business with public store and business accounts. The position focuses on preparing students for STEM college programs and careers. The Horticultural Instructional Advisor - Outdoor Growing/Project Market is responsible for:
- Collaborating with faculty and others to deliver high quality, age-appropriate, horticultural STEM instruction and experiences in K-12 classes.
- Running an 8-week summer horticulture internship for high school students.
- Overseeing and maintaining outdoor fruit and vegetable crop operations, including crop and orchard care and production, herb gardens, apiary, fertility management, insect and disease management, research, and aspects of facility maintenance.
- Overseeing and further developing a year-round, student-run agri-business - the Student Project Market - and wholesale of produce and plants.
- Creating and overseeing after-school and occasional weekend programming and activities, including fostering participation in opportunities such as Farm Show.
- Supervising assistant staff members as well as student co-ops and interns.
- Ensuring student and staff safety throughout full scope of operations.
- Budget oversight, purchasing, inventory control, and other administrative duties.
- Acting as a liaison with universities, local businesses, external vendors, external customers and resources such as PSU Extension, 4H and FFA.
- Participating in regular, industry-specific training and education.
- Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agriculture or closely related degree.
- 3-plus years of experience developing and delivering horticultural and/or agricultural learning experiences with children and youth preferred. Experience with multi-cultural and/or lower income students a plus.
- Experienced in production horticulture and agricultural crops.
- Experienced in the management and oversight of crops, gardens and apiaries.
- Demonstrated success with hydroponics a plus.
- Demonstrated skills in safely utilizing trucks, tractors, mowers, roto-tillers, and other gas-powered equipment.
- Knowledgeable regarding emerging plant science technologies and research.
- Knowledgeable regarding integrated pest management strategies.
- Experienced in safe utilization of chemicals (acids, fertilizers and pesticides).
- Commercial pesticide license Category 23 – Schools and Parks required. (May be obtained on the job)
- Basic computer skills with Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint and their Google counterparts.
- Demonstrated skills in proactively and effectively collaborating with others to implement and complete projects and programs.
- Proactively and independently manage time effectively to complete multiple tasks and projects efficiently.
- Must be willing to actively engage with students as a teacher, a mentor and a supervisor.
- Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of integrity as all MHS staff are considered to be role models for students.
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