Posting Number: S140479
Position Title: Land Laboratories Manager
Department: Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
Full Time; Hours per week 40
Posting Date 02/16/2018
Closing Date 02/26/2018
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, unofficial transcripts for the required degree (if applicable) must be attached and submitted at the time of application.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the following:
• Satisfactory results of a background check
• Post-offer, pre-employment Drug Screening for employees that are new to the College
• Post-offer, pre-employment physical exam in circumstances where the nature of the work renders it appropriate or where Federal law or regulation requires
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The recruitment of qualified and diverse faculty and staff is the cornerstone of JJC’s commitment to an innovative, collaborative and inclusive educational community. At JJC, we respect the wealth of knowledge and experience each of our employees brings to the workplace. The college supports this commitment by providing full-time employees with a comprehensive benefits package for our full-time employees including:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (employee & family)
Flexible Spending Account
403(b) and 457(b) option for pre-tax retirement savings
Joliet Junior College Tuition Assistance (employee & family)
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POSITION TITLE: MANAGER, LAND LABORATORIES SFFARM-MNGR01
STATUS: Full time
DEPARTMENT: Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
DIVISION: Academic Affairs
UNION: Support and Technical
REPORTS TO: Department Chair, Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
PLACEMENT: Support staff, grade 9
MINIMUM PAY RATE: $55,016 annually
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff.
The Manager, Land Laboratories is vital to the education, applied research, and community outreach programs of the Joliet Junior College Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences Department. Designs, implements and analyzes the research and demonstration plots on the J.F. Richards Sustainable Agriculture Land Lab (ALL) and Sustainable Horticulture Land Laboratories (HLL). Collaborates with faculty to increase the opportunities for experiential-based learning through the ALL and HLL’s. Solicits seed, fertilizer and plant protection inputs to ensure the economic sustainability of the Land Laboratories. Assists with care and maintenance of the plant material located in the horticultural land laboratory. Collaborates with departmental instructors to increase the opportunities for experiential-based learning through the local food production and hydroponics production systems, and organizes all tours and Field Day events that generate positive support of JJC from the community.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Schedule, coordinate, perform all activities, and main records involved in the production of agricultural crops.
2. Assist faculty with activities relating to the production of horticultural crops, and maintaining specialty areas including the vineyard, vegetable demonstration plots, campus turf plots, hydroponic system, agroforestry research and demonstration plot, and related.
3. Plan and schedule work, establish priorities and ensure that the operations are efficient.
4. Oversee and maintain budgets, accounting and related business records of land lab operations.
5. Coordinate the marketing of all crops produced on the ALL.
6. Maintain, repair and operate equipment utilized on land laboratories.
7. Plan, design, and implement demonstration and research plots. Gather and analyze data from research plots, compile reports and publish annual demonstration and research reports.
8. Solicit support of businesses for resources to be used on the laboratories.
9. Schedule and organize meetings of the ALL and HLL committees.
10. Properly train and supervise land lab student workers.
11. Work with agriculture and horticulture faculty to coordinate and assess research and demonstration plots on the land lab. Assist faculty with laboratory field demonstration, and applied research activities, and coordinate regular meetings of the ALL and HLL oversight committees.
12. Increase land lab demonstration and research emphasis on non-traditional production systems with an emphasis on sustainability, soil health, water quality, renewable energy, and precision management.
13. Foster greater educational use of the land lab by departments and programs outside of Ag/Hort to encourage cross-disciplinary use of this valuable resource.
14. Increase visibility of the land labs by providing tours and disseminating information updates concerning Land Lab activities and results.
15. Assist faculty within the Agriculture/Horticulture Department to create and/or update informational and marketing materials related to the Land Labs and departmental programs.
16. Assist in organizing and coordinating the department’s internal events including but not limited to Discover JJC and on campus high school competitions.
17. Recruit students for the department by visiting high schools, middle schools, career fairs, 4-H and FFA activities, and other youth activities.
18. Represent the department at Industry/Affiliated Organization meetings.
19. Maintain the Land Lab portion of Agriculture/Horticulture website and providing content for program social media pages;
20. Assist faculty and programs in report and grant writing to support the land lab.
21. Foster use of the land lab as an outreach and teaching tool for dual-credit programs and other high schools in the district.
22. Perform related duties as assigned.
1. Associate’s Degree in Agriculture or Plant Sciences.
2. Three (3) years of experience in successful farm management and operation.
3. Mechanical ability.
4. Experience working with agribusiness stakeholder groups.
5. Possess or obtain (within 45 days of employment) the appropriate Illinois State Pesticide Applicator’s License.
6. Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Plant Sciences, or allied field.
2. Ability to handle a variety of tasks and responsibilities simultaneously and effectively; work independently and establish priorities.
3. Mechanical ability and experience operating all types of agricultural and horticultural equipment.
4. Good oral/written communication, organization and time management skills.
5. Strong personal computer and technology skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, with emphasis on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
1. Lifting seed bags and farm implements.
2. Ability to travel between campus locations and to and from community events.
1. Some duties will be performed indoors such as computer use for data collection.
2. Other duties will be performed outdoors during planting and harvesting of the crops.
Internal candidates must adhere to the terms of employment regarding length of time in current position as outlined in their union contract.
Application Procedures: “Apply to this Job at employment.jjc.edu”
Application Deadline: February 26, 2018
For more information: https://employment.jjc.edu/postings/2640