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Organic Curriculum Instructor Wanted

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicago Christian Industrial League, in partnership with Windy City Harvest, an exciting new urban agriculture jobs training program on Chicago's west side, is seeking an experienced instructor to work with its first class of 15 adult trainees starting in September. This program is based on a custom curriculum covering organic, four-season production of high end produce, bedding and ornamental plant production for landscaping and other uses, and outdoor seasonal growing. Hands-on activities in both greenhouse and outdoor settings are an integral part of the 50-week classroom and on-the-job training program, which enrolls trainees as continuing education students of the City Colleges of Chicago. Most trainees will come from work-challenged backgrounds and have overcome a history of substance abuse or incarceration.

Windy City Harvest is a partnership between the Chicago Christian Industrial League, the North Lawndale Employment Network, the Chicago Botanic Garden and key funding agencies. Program goals are based on the implementation of a successful, sustainable production operation and associated green industry training and employment activities.

Job Duties:

Adapt written curriculum as needed for delivery in classroom and hands-on production setting

Develop extension activities that enhance curriculum training and content knowledge

Teach and supervise trainees daily between 9-3 p.m. and coordinate personnel issues with Windy City Harvest case management staff

Coordinate transition from city college training site to new pilot greenhouse with program production manager in December 2007/January 2008


Bachelor's Degree from accredited institution

Minimum two years of experience teaching adults

Experience in the horticulture industry and/or organic agriculture production

Experience in working with and teaching alternative learners

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive compensation package

The Chicago Christian Industrial League is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Please send resume and cover letter to

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