Agriculture Specialist

Columbia Heights Public Schools
Jobs - Full Time
Columbia Heights, MN

Agriculture Specialist

Posting #2166


Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard is a leader in the schoolyard garden movement in Minnesota and we are seeking an Agriculture Specialist who has deep horticulture knowledge, experience working with students of all ages (early childhood through adulthood), a passion for gardens as a place of learning and beauty, and a vision for how schoolyard gardens can be transformative in the lives of students.


The Agriculture Specialist will be responsible for all aspects of Blooming Heights: planning and implementing garden-related curriculum E-12, planning/planting/weeding/harvesting/cooking with students, making connections with the garden through classroom activities, and using a youth development approach to empower students to improve their health, nutrition, and community through gardening skills.


The Agriculture Specialist must be able to engage a wide range of students through hands-on activities. This position works throughout Columbia Heights Public Schools and involves collaborating with teachers, students, staff, and community groups.


228 days a year

40 hours per week

Salary depends on education and experience

Position is a 1.0 FTE and benefits eligible


External Posting dates February 11, 2019 - March 31, 2019


Questions regarding this position should be directed to Kristen Stuenkel, Community Education Director, 763-528-4515 or


Interested applicants should apply online at


Interviews will be scheduled at the request of the School District.


General Definition of Work

Performs intermediate technical work planning and implementing all educational activities in Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard including, planning, writing, developing, and implementing curriculum with E-12 teachers; ensuring all aspects of garden planning, maintenance, and clean-up; completing record keeping of garden visits, plantings, and programming, and related work as apparent or assigned.  Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Director of Community Education. 

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions

  • Ensures that Blooming Heights programming is following the direction of the School District's mission as well as the Blooming Heights mission and guiding principles.
  • Working with principals, members of the Teaching and Learning and Community Education Dept, Manager of Early Childhood, and teachers in utilizing Blooming Heights within the E-12 curriculum. Supervising and facilitating all garden visits with students.
  • Working with the Community Education Coordinator, summer program leadership and staff to plan and implement curriculum/activities in Blooming Heights; supervising and facilitating all garden visits.
  • Responsible for all garden planning, maintenance, and clean-up; engaging students in all aspects but responsible for any tasks necessary to keep the garden organized and maintained.
  • Working with the Community Education Coordinator, afterschool program leadership and staff in afterschool programs to plan and implement curriculum/activities in Blooming Heights.
  • Work with students to do planting and transplanting of all plants in Blooming Heights.
  • Work with teachers, staff, and students on worm, garden, and school composting initiatives.
  • Work with students and community organizations in developing garden fruit/vegetable stand to teach entrepreneurial and gardening skills.
  • Work with teachers and staff to support use of Tower Gardens Grow Labs at each school.
  • Work with Manager of Food Service to integrate garden items into school lunch program and provide professional insight and support to farm-to-school grants and initiatives.
  • Work with teachers and club advisers on environmental & nutritional service learning projects.
  • Responsible for purchasing/ordering supplies for cooking and education programming; schedule garden visits and Blooming Heights programming.
  • Implement use of teacher and student assessments to determine the program alignment with Blooming Heights mission and operating principles and the effectiveness of garden curriculum/activities.
  • Follows the direction of the Director of Community Education to maintain the garden budget.
  • Provide Adult Enrichment classes in Blooming Heights.
  • Work with Metro North ABE program to provide gardening visits and nutrition information.
  • Provide rotating educational postings at each school on the Blooming Heights bulletin board.
  • Serve on district wellness committee to increase nutritional and environmental efforts in district.
  • Maintain records of garden visits, programs to ensure the long-term success and continuity of the program.
  • Oversee food and garden safety in accordance with district safety policies and the Blooming Heights food and safety plan.
  • Participate in grant writing and grant affiliated programing as appropriate.
  • Assists with implementing American Indian curriculum in K-5 classrooms.
  • Provides professional development to educators in the district regarding Blooming Heights programming.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the tools, material, principles and practices and materials and equipment used in horticulture; thorough knowledge of plant diseases and pest management; thorough skill planting, transplanting, pruning and propagating flowers and other plants; thorough knowledge of nutrition programming; thorough skill operating tools and equipment related to horticultural work; general skill operating standard office equipment and related hardware and software; ability to keep records; ability to work independently and collaboratively with other educators; ability to offer suggestions related to horticulture curriculum; ability to carry out detailed instructions related to horticulture curriculum; ability to carry out effectiveness surveys; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students and the general public.

Education and Experience

Associates/Technical degree with coursework in horticulture/agriculture, public health/nutrition or education, or related field and moderate experience working in horticulture, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements

This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms and lifting, frequently requires walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and repetitive motions and occasionally requires pushing or pulling; no special vision is required; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices and observing general surroundings and activities; work requently requires exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather) and exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires exposure to fumes or airborne particles; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

Special Requirements

  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting and with diverse groups of people preferred.
  • Alternatives to the qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable will also be considered.
  • Valid driver's license in the State of Minnesota.