• Lead development and planning for the Kentland Farm and Urban Horticulture Center Organic Garden Projects. Includes budgeting, inventory, supply purchasing, and greenhouse/cold frame planning/construction, field map planning, crop rotation, succession planting, seeding and planting schedules/ propagation, bed preparation and soil development, equipment use and storage, daily operations, harvest planning and implementation.
• Coordinate with Dining Service’s Sustainability Coordinator to increase food procurement of Virginia Tech grown foods to campus dining facilities and ensures proper food safety standards.
• Coordinate with Kentland Farm and the Urban Horticulture Center staff equipment needs/ maintenance.
• Supervise Dining Services Garden Staff during summer months.
• Demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community.
• Lead initiative on acquiring Good Agricultural Practices Certification and Organic Certification for the gardens.
• Collect evidence to evaluate farm-to-institution production practices.
• Participate in department, college, university, and professional service and outreach activities.
• Teach at least two courses in support of the Environmental Horticulture major (e.g., Organic Gardening/Farming) per academic year.
• Participate in collaborative team teaching in the interdisciplinary Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) minor within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and serve as a community partner.
• Advise and mentor undergraduates and perform university service and outreach as appropriate
• Advise students interested in pursuing careers and experiential opportunities in sustainable food system production, civic agriculture, and farming.
• Earned Masters in Horticulture or an agriculture-related field.
• Demonstrate teaching expertise in higher education with knowledge of conventional and sustainable and/or organic food production methods;
• Effective organizational and communication skills including grant writing;
• Experience in sustainable or organic food production and farm-to-table evaluation.
• Experience supervising differing levels of employees (student, wage, staff, and/or faculty).
• PhD in Horticulture or an agriculture-related field
• Experience in grant writing
• Success in securing extramural research and or program funding
• Excellent interpersonal skills that facilitate working with a variety of audiences including faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the general public
Application reviews begin July 15, 2013.
Posting # TR0130033, Horticulture Department, Virginia Tech. For further information and to apply for this position, please visit this posting on www.jobs.vt.edu
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