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Instructional Advisor-Animal Center

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JOB ID: 22000119

Hershey, PA
Job Category: Other

Milton Hershey School (MHS) is seeking a full-time, year-round Instructional Advisor (IA) for the School’s Animal Center within MHS’s Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) program.  THE AEE program provides all MHS students experiential agricultural, horticultural and/or environmental educational experiences through a STEM lens.  Students with a passion for these fields can pursue a career track to prepare for agricultural or environmental professions and/or pursue personal interests through participation in 4H, FFA, etc.  MHS is a home and school for 2,000 students from lower-income and provides year-round programming.  


The IA provides leadership for the Animal Center which includes a small animal, livestock and equine facility to engage students in agricultural experiences for the purposes of enhancing student achievement in all academic areas through first-hand experiences providing an authentic context for learning, fostering agricultural and environmental literacy, and facilitating life and career skills.  The IA supports formal educational programs; facilitates after-school clubs; supervises 3 support staff; administers a budget, & oversees daily operations associated with the Center's animal resources including land, barns, facilities and equipment.


The MHS’ AEE program provides relevant, experiential educational opportunities via an array of resources on over 1,200 acres, including a Horticultural Center and production greenhouse with modern hydroponics systems; an Animal Center that includes equestrian, livestock, and small animal facilities; actively farmed croplands and orchards; and an Environmental and Natural Resources Center focused on sustainability and research, and which includes a Maker Space, maple syrup production, trout pens, management of natural areas on campus, and a live animal menagerie used for educational purposes.

  The IA collaborates across all grade levels and departments as an expert in animal sciences.  The IA facilitates the creation and implementation of hands-on, project-based learning experiences - both in class and in extra-curricular realms.  The IA facilitates intentional, sequential, cohesive, and mission-appropriate development opportunities that leverage up-to-date agricultural technologies to support college and career readiness initiatives, as well as the use of best instructional practices.


Responsibilities include: 

  • Collaborate with faculty and others to design, implement and assess curriculum and projects that utilize an animal science context for the integration of all scholastic areas, pre-K through 12th grade.  
  • Oversee the management of all educational resources including, but not limited to, herd care, selection and health, assigned areas and facilities, equipment, and technology. 
  • Supervising and coaching the support staff of the Animal Center which includes oversight of scheduling, performance management, etc. 
  • Designing and facilitating after-school clubs and student home activities (e.g. 4-H, FFA, Scouting) that engage students in animal-based, experiential opportunities.
  • Administering the budget for the Animal Center, which includes monthly variance reports, recommendations for capital expenditures, and inventory control of supplies and equipment.
  • Networking with veterinarians, extension agents, colleges, ag businesses and other agricultural community contacts to provide needed guidance and support to implement best animal science practices based upon conducting Center-related research.  


  • Bachelors’ degree in biology, animal sciences or a related field required.  
  • Demonstrated depth of expertise working with agricultural animals including small animal, livestock and equine.  
  • Experience with oversight of agricultural facilities, running/repairing agricultural equipment, and maintaining an inventory of animals. 
  • Barn experience including, but not limited to, scales, tools, clipping tools, dehorners, hoof trimmers & equipment for animal movement.   
  • Depth of knowledge of animal health and behavior including nutrition & feed, veterinary medication administration, pathogen treatment, etc.
  • Experience leading youth clubs such as 4H, FFA, Scouts, etc. a plus.  Experience working with diverse, lower-income youth a plus.  Demonstrated skills in inspiring and educating youth about animals & agriculture desired.    
  • Staff management experience preferred.  
  • Exceptional skills in collaborating with other adults to develop educational experiences and other programming for youth (K-12).     
  • Proficient in utilization of Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Apple products (iPads).  Experience with Google suite of applications is a plus.
  • Exceptional communication skills including verbal, written and platform.  
  • Demonstrated skills in multi-tasking competing projects and priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills including the ability to maintain thorough record-keeping & manage a budget effectively. 
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record. 
  • Available to travel periodically for events, conferences and professional development.
  • Willing and able to work after school programming and occasional weekend responsibilities.
  • Must be willing to actively engage with students beyond the classroom.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a high degree of integrity as all MHS staff are role models and mentors for students.   

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