Precision Agriculture Science Instructor/Grant Coordinator - Pendleton, OR

Blue Mountain Community College
B.S. Degree

Position Summary
The Precision Agriculture Instructor/Grant Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of BMCC’s Work to College Meyer Memorial Trust Grant.  Specific duties are outlined within the grant deliverables and include the development of a less than one year applied agriculture certificate, precision agricultural courses, and student support of a cohort of students pursuing an applied science program related to precision irrigated agricultural technologies.

The incumbent will perform all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the BMCC Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan. Work performance will be consistent with the team-based model and demonstrate active participation as a member of assigned college teams and committees.

Essential Functions
The "Work to College"  Faculty/Coordinator will facilitate all aspects of the pilot program including: recruitment, assessment, advisement, testing, coordination of remedial instruction to prepare students for success in post-secondary education, coordination of specialized instruction by Sustainable Precision Irrigated Agriculture (SPIA) technology experts, arranging practicums with area farms and related service industries, and providing periodic progress reports to measure program effectiveness.

Facilitate the development of new Precision Irrigated Agriculture Certificate courses.

Develop and manage applied skills courses in precision irrigation and agricultural courses in irrigation, pumps, PLCs,  and icon driven applications utilizing partner supplied precision equipment.

Teach assigned courses in accordance with course descriptions as outlined in a course syllabus and schedule requirements.

Promote and maintain effective transfer relationships with upper division Agricultural, Engineering and Engineering Technology programs at other colleges and universities.

Maintain hours of work on campus.  Provides regularly scheduled and posted office hours for student cohort support and course-related consultation per current administrative procedure.

Participate in departmental meetings, faculty meetings and such other committees or planning activities to promote the educational purposes the Work to College Grant and of the College.

Prepare and present records and reports necessary for the proper implementation of a foundation grant.

Where appropriate, maintain liaison relationships with business and industry to assist students in finding College Work Experience (CWE) placements, internships, or job shadowing experiences.

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess a strong ability to convey applied agriculture and engineering technology concepts to students.

Must possess the ability to develop and lead a precision agriculture training program.

Demonstrated awareness of cultural diversity and Hispanic language and culture.

Must be able to provide leadership and to motivate students from a variety of backgrounds to attain a professional work ethic and communications style suitable for the agricultural engineering profession.

The ability to collaborate with university agricultural research partners.

Ability to incorporate computer applications, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Required Education 
Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, Crop, and/or Soil Sciences related studies with three years teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related field with Graduate credits in Agricultural Science.
• 1 to 3 years teaching experience at the Community College or University.
• Bilingual ability in Spanish and English language.

Other Aspects of this Position
Will work with the Agricultural advisory board, local industry, and high schools within the community college service area to increase enrollments and to develop a pipeline of students qualifying for agricultural science and technology related certificates and degrees.  This position will work at multiple sites including Pendleton, Oregon and Hermiston, Oregon.