Working from our new Capital Campus Family Service Center, the CCA AgWorks Aquaponic Lab Operator will organize, plan and manage the aquaponics greenhouse operations. The core responsibilities are to maintain all aspects of the Aquaponics lab to ensure the health, safety, and quality controls of the laboratory equipment, space, and plants/fish. In addition, the Lab Operator should be capable and prepared to work with students, families, CCA staff members, and the community to create and facilitate learning activities within the lab and virtually in conjunction with all other AgWorks staff members. This will include developing and implementing protocols and safety measures to ensure the labs run smoothly and safely. CCA serves the community, which, along with our students includes those interested in internships, independent studies, and volunteer opportunities. The day-to-day operation and the overall health of the lab will fall under the Operator, which will include overseeing crop production, propagation, watering, bio-controls, fish farm management and disease management. They will work alongside students to train them on different aspects of horticulture/agriculture/aquaponics/aquaculture. In conjunction with the Director, staff will be trained by the Operator on how to run different portions of the lab, so they can facilitate instruction in their courses. The Operator is responsible for working with students to ensure they take ownership of the lab, assisting families with running tours (and running tours in their absence).
The CCA AgWorks Lab Operator will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Create and maintain planting plans, tracking seeds and plants and determining the best location for planting
- Track and maintain fish health within the system
- Assist in development, implementation, evaluation, and refinement of the entire AgWorks Program
- Assist with identifying emerging technologies in agriculture to implement in the AgWorks system
- Collect video and photographic content generated by students, staff and volunteers that can be used for edio courses, marketing materials, pamphlets, FAQs, etc.
- Facilitate face to face (and virtual on an as-needed basis) instruction surrounding different components of running the lab, allowing students to eventually become self-sufficient Project Managers
- Assist with implementing the AgWorks Badging Program where students can build their knowledge to the point of earning badges that can carry with them into their general/special education coursework
- Maintaining mobile classroom and working with the Field Trip department as needed
- Coordinate walk-throughs and events within the lab, including students on a case-by-case basis
- Assist with creating partnerships that align with the AgWorks Program
- Assist with implementing Professional Development opportunities for staff and the community
- Creating and facilitating summer camps and other outreach opportunities in conjunction with AgWorks staff
- Help to prepare students to build the skills needed to enter the workforce directly upon graduation
- Recruit staff to assist with AgWorks activities as needed
- Building an FFA chapter
- Highly detail-oriented and analytical, demonstrated conscientiousness towards quality
- Proficient in analyzing scientific data for trouble-shooting and decision making purposes
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong project management skills and attention to details
- Ability to work effectively both with and without supervision
- Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft OS and MS Office programs)
- Demonstrated attention to quality, thoroughness, and meticulousness
- Ability to work within a team environment and demonstrate collaboration skills
- Customer focused approach with a high degree of flexibility
- Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
- Ability to work remotely, if necessary
- Ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours, as needed
This job operates in an aquaponics lab. The employee will need working directly with students/staff/community members in the field. They will be working with water, plants, fish, bio-controls, etc.
This is a physical role, which requires the ability to lift, squat, sit, bend and stand for long periods of time. Ability to travel to other sites/locations as needed.
- Travel is required throughout Pennsylvania on an as-needed basis
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in a field of agriculture, plant or soil science, aquaculture, environmental science, biology, bio-systems or an agriculture degree with education
- Some experience in marketing, public relations or event management
- Five or more years’ experience in greenhouse, aquaponics, hydroponics or controlled agriculture environment setting
Preferred Education and Experience
- Background in education is beneficial
- Demonstrated knowledge with lesson planning and curriculum
- Data collection
- Background working with students ranging from grades K-12 plus
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Valid PA Driver’s License
- Appropriate Automobile Insurance Coverage
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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