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Instructional Assistant I - Horticulture (EXTENDED)

Cabrillo College
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 2, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus), Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Type
Part Time
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Employment Opportunity

Are you interested in creating an amazing educational environment for students who are part of an equity driven community? Staff at Cabrillo College support quality programs and services to students that promote their diverse and evolving needs as they progress toward their individual educational goals. Come join us in our vision to improve the world, one student at a time!

This part-time (50%, 20 hours per week) 12 months per year, Instructional Assistant performs a variety of standard to difficult duties including instructional program support, tutoring, support of the existing facilities and administrative activities in support of the Horticulture program; performs related duties as required or assigned.

The ideal candidate will share Cabrillo's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. Cabrillo College serves approximately 11,400 students per term, of which 44% are LatinX, 5% multi-ethnic, 2.75% Asian, 1.25% African-American, 1% Filipino, 0.25% American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 0.18% Pacific Islander as of Fall 2019. In 2006, Cabrillo College was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

As a classified staff member at Cabrillo College, you will join a vibrant community of professionals and educators working together to provide a positive educational environment where our students experience diverse academic and cultural perspectives.

Examples of Duties

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Prepares, compiles, collates, maintains, updates and disseminates instructional materials in accordance with instructors directions
  • Develops and presents learning materials and instructional exercises to individuals and groups
  • Tutors students individually and/or in small groups to reinforce class material taught in the Horticulture program while keeping abreast of Horticulture program changes
  • Coordinates materials (i.e. collecting plant specimens and landscape samples from the field or resource institutions), equipment, facilities and supplies for classes
  • Sets up, operates and demonstrates the safe use of power tool equipment including tractor, rototiller, string trimmer, power hand tools including saws, drills, construction, irrigation and management of hand tools
  • Installs, maintains and services equipment, materials and supplies used in classes, laboratories, workshops and supplemental tutoring sessions
  • Trains students and others in the safe use of specialized equipment used in the Horticulture program including tractor, rototiller, string trimmer, and power hand tools, including saws and drills
  • Prepares identified plant samples for use in lecture and lab
  • Administers and scores tests and examinations
  • Answers student questions and advises regarding horticulture course assignments; including the full range of horticulture courses taught in the first two (2) years of college
  • Assists in completing and processing various forms, certificates and other documents
  • Maintains physical environment and condition of the horticulture facility and its equipment
  • Schedules student appointments, tests, meetings and facilities
  • Maintains student records; keeps other detailed records such as budget, financial and attendance records
  • Maintains an inventory of and requisitions supplies and equipment
  • Maintains the security of special, technical or hazardous supplies and equipment
  • Operates standard office equipment and instructional media
  • Prepares periodic and special reports
  • Attends to a variety of office administrative details such as arranging for the repair of equipment, transmitting information and keeping reference materials up to date
  • Assists in the recruitment and selection of student assistants; directs work and provides instruction in safe work procedures
  • May conduct workshops, orientations and meetings
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience :

A typical way of gaining the knowledge and skills for this position is:

  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation, of community college students, faculty and staff, AND
  • Equivalent to completion of two (2) years of college with college-level, lower division coursework in Horticulture which will provide the knowledge of the aspects of landscaping, arboriculture, greenhouse/nursery management, farming techniques, and skills to support the Horticulture program AND
  • Two (2) years of experience in EITHER educational support work which has included interaction with students in a classroom or tutorial setting OR work in the horticulture profession
Please note: Additional experience that would provide the required subject matter expertise as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis, AND/OR additional education may be substituted for the experience on a year-for-year basis.

Knowledge of :

  • Subject matter
  • Effective instructional techniques
  • Principles, theories, practices, methods and equipment of the Horticulture program including landscape installation, irrigation, arboriculture, organic and indoor food production and greenhouse/nursery management
  • Health and safety practices related to the Horticulture program
  • Standard office practices and procedures including filing and the operation of office equipment, including personal or online computers
  • Detailed recordkeeping and budget tracking
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Effective methods of tutoring horticulture students individually or in a group
Skill in :

  • Safely operating, maintaining and demonstrating the use of specialized equipment, supplies and materials
  • Proper pruning techniques, crop and plant production
  • Applying and explaining instructional methods and procedures
  • Reading, understanding, and presenting course materials to students
  • Keeping abreast of Horticulture program changes
  • Coordinating multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Operating a personal computer to enter, edit, and retrieve data, and generate reports
  • Maintaining accurate records, files, and databases
  • Effectively operating and maintaining an orderly instructional environment
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and similar written materials
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work including those from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding and following oral and written instructions
Other Minimum Requirements :

  • Must be willing to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, on weekends and other off-hours as assigned, with some exposure to potentially hazardous materials, using appropriate safety procedures and equipment
  • Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to safely lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver's license and a safe driving record during the course of employment

Additional Information

Starting Salary Range: $2,154 to $2,375 per month (beginning September 1, 2021 and retroactive to July 1, 2021) ; maximum initial salary step placement on the classified salary schedule is step 3. This is a part-time (50%) assignment, 20 hours per week, 12 months per year. Days and hours to be arranged, some evenings and weekends required. Position scheduled to begin as soon as possible, pending continued funding and Governing Board ratification. Salary is subject to proration based on beginning date of assignment.

Application Process:
  1. Completed application
  2. Resume
  3. Answer Supplemental Questions
  4. Attach one of the following:
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended showing degree(s) conferred (copies, photos, and downloads are acceptable). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency at the applicant’s expense – click here for more information OR
    • Experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Applicant must provide written evidence that proves additional experience is equivalent for purposes of substitution.
Please note: All application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date indicated above.

This part-time assignment is not eligible for insurance-related benefits or PERS retirement benefits.

Attention Applicants
Only completed applications with the above required documents will be reviewed by the committee. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be reviewed. Remove personally identifiable information such as personal photos, social security number, birth date, age, and gender from your application materials. Expenses related to the recruitment process are the responsibility of the applicant. Cabrillo is unable to sponsor work visas. A position eligibility pool may be established in order to fill other full-time, part-time, or substitute assignments as needs arise.

Selection Procedure

A search committee will review and invite applicants for an interview. Meeting the posted requirements does not guarantee an interview. A written performance exercise and/or presentation may be a part of the interview, and finalists may be invited to return for a second interview. All notifications will be via email, and can also be accessed through your application profile.

Conditions of Employment
Selected candidates given a conditional offer of employment are required to submit tuberculosis screening clearance results, proof of eligibility to work in the United States, and present their Social Security card upon hire (for payroll purposes).

EEO Statement
Cabrillo College is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from all persons. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status or protected veteran status.

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Human Resources at

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