Employment / Co-lead Instructor - Horticulture


The Horticulture Co-Lead Instructors are the primary instructors in the Horticulture occupational program. They are responsible for the development of the Horticulture program, its curriculum and assessment, and the occupational experience placements and schedule. They also oversee, manage, and maintain the SC Greenhouse, Hoop House, and gardens, which includes the year-round working Greenhouse learning activities in order to prepare for a Spring Greenhouse sale that is a part of the occupational program. The person in this position should have an in-depth knowledge of the use, maintenance, and repair of hand-held, small, and large horticulture tools and equipment; landscaping and plant identification and management; overseeing and maintaining aquaponics and hydroponics systems, and; produce gardening.


1st shift hours Monday – Friday, occasionally needed for weekend events such as greenhouse sales


(include the following. Other duties may be assigned):

  • Serve as a conduit of Christ’s love for others in an effort to point others to Jesus through our actions and words.
  • Serve as a Co-Lead instructor for Horticulture, utilizing effective training methods
    • Co-teaches lesson components
    • Supports students with learning activities and organizational skills
    • Works closely with other faculty and staff members, and the Horticulture Advisory Team to ensure program success
  • Further develop the Shepherds College Horticulture vocational training program, including updating and revising curriculum, and developing campus practice sites and occupational experience placement.
  • Provide safe instruction, practice, and experience for students operating horticultural equipment.
  • Collaborate with local and distant Community interests to enhance the development of Horticulture training.
    • Oversees greenhouse sales and grounds projects
    • Maintains good liaison with local occupational experience sites
  • Assess students’ knowledge, understanding, and skill acquisition regularly
  • Establish, oversee placement, and evaluate the occupational experience for Horticulture students
  • Lead the institutional accreditation process for the Horticulture Program.
  • Further develop the Horticulture Advisory Team, ensuring that its work meets accreditation standards and its feedback is considered in the program
  • Manage an authorized, annual budget for the Horticulture program.
  • Provide floral arrangements or other potted décor for Shepherds College events, as requested, such as Preview Day.
  • Annually review the overall program and its effectiveness, making necessary changes to enhance overall effectiveness
  • Attend Shepherds College faculty meetings and serve on any Shepherds College faculty teams, as assigned


  • Work effectively with team members
  • Maintain positive and supportive relationships with students and their families
  • Treat each student as an equal and respects their choices and opinions
  • Communicate in a courteous and professional manner
  • Actively participate in trainings and meetings
  • Consistently demonstrate Christ-likeness in their actions and words


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred; Associate’s degree in related field is required
  • Extensive experience in the industry of Horticulture including a vast knowledge of Horticulture plant materials
  • A minimum of 2 years experience as an instructor, preferably in a classroom setting
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual and development disabilities
  • Commitment to student learning and development
  • Effective communicator, including verbal and written communication
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Possess a high level of professionalism, including the ability to maintain confidentiality


Valid driver's license.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee must complete a TB skin test and a physical exam which certifies freedom from communicable disease within 90 days prior to beginning employment. Medical documentation of TB skin test results and physical exam must be submitted to the Human Resources Department prior to beginning employment.


Employee shall commit to the mission of Shepherds College, which is to educate and train students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by equipping them to reach Appropriate IndependenceTM (Ai) through the development of vocational, social and life skills while inspiring a lasting awareness of God’s plan for their lives. Employee shall have a deep understanding of Ai and its guiding principles, as Ai is the foundation of our education and training programs here at Shepherds College.


Employee must be in alignment and in agreement with the eight key behaviors that shape our culture here at Shepherds College: 1) Model Christ-likeness - Point others to Jesus through our actions and words; 2) Be Creative - Practice strategic innovation; 3) Pursue Excellence – Whatever it is, make it better; 4) Maximize Strengths - Cultivate the value and potential of every individual; 5) Promote Professionalism – Present the best you, always; 6) Work Together – Collaborate to fulfill our mission; 7) Embrace Accountability – Own the process and the outcome; 8) Experience Gratitude – Recognize and affirm the good.


Employee must be in full alignment and agreement with the Shepherds College Statement of Faith, Biblical Responsibilities of Shepherds Staff, and the Shepherds College Community Covenant. Employee must be part of a faith community that is aligned with traditional protestant Christian faith. 


Must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Must be able to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and sit. The employee is occasionally required to walk, and reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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