Hiring: Adult education instructor Garden program- Franklin County Sheriff’s Office


The Garden Program Instructor is responsible for teaching gardening and farm and food systems classes to incarcerated students in accordance with prescribed policies and procedures.  The instructor directs all program requirements of the gardening programs, including, but not limited to infrastructure and maintenance, horticultural responsibilities, cooking and nutrition classes, garden programming development, administrative tasks and community outreach and support.  The Instructor will also ensure that all program requirements are met and that established policies and procedures are followed.


The Garden Program Instructor works under the direct supervision of the Education Coordinator, who provides instruction and guidance and reviews work for compliance with policy and assigns special tasks as required.



Responsible for the care, custody and supervision of incarcerated students participating in the various educational classes of the farm, food systems, and gardening programs.  Creates gardening, nutrition, and cooking curriculum for incarcerated students involved in the medium and minimum security garden programs. Offers instruction on related adult education topics, including basic business skills related to the Farm and Food Systems sector.  Implements core components of the garden program, including, but not limited to: garden programming and development  in medium and minimum security, cooking and nutrition classes, proper development and maintenance of garden beds, proper operation of the green house, develop gardening workshops for incarcerated students, supervise incarcerated garden workers, and support community outreach related to garden program development. Responsible for development and maintenance of garden beds and greenhouse plants ensuring proper garden design, plant spacing, crop rotation, and companion planting.  Supervise harvest planning and composting operations. Prepares annual garden program budget, scope of work and program goals for the garden program. Supports related programs and classes offered through Greenfield Community College and other community based agencies. Monitors and supervises the seasonal and specific needs of the garden program throughout the year. Acts as a liaison with other departments in the jail including Security, Treatment, Kitchen, and Case Management staff to support the effective operations of the garden program at the facility. Maintains electronic and paper records of all garden program activities as required by FSCO and grant funders. Orders equipment, supplies and garden materials following the required purchasing and inventories processes and procedures. Ability to maintain a flexible schedule that includes occasional weekend or evening work.


Formal background in plant sciences, food systems, and/or sustainable agriculture. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent related experience in sustainable agriculture and education. Experience coordinating educational and infrastructural projects or programs. Ability to teach multiple subjects (humanities and sciences) to classes of mixed student levels.

Basic to intermediate carpentry and mechanical proficiency. Ability to work closely with and between multiple organizational divisions. Excellent tool and material control, maintenance and storage skills. Ability to work effectively in a law enforcement setting and collaborate effectively with security staff. Successfully pass a background investigation.


Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Education or Farm and Food Systems. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with persons from different ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds. Ability to adapt to varying work situations. Excellent problem solving skills. Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.


SHIFT: 37.5 hours per week: days and evenings as determined by class schedules.

SALARY:  $54,415.74 – $66,097.10


FRINGE BENEFITS:  Full fringe benefit entitlements in accordance with state and agency policies covering this position.

ANTICIPATED STARTING DATE:  As soon as available

TO APPLY:  Submit letter of application and resume’, by May 20, 2022, to ADS Amie Redeker at or by visiting our website at

The general statement of duties is not intended to be an exhaustive list. It is descriptive and not restrictive in nature, therefore, nothing shall preclude the assignment of additional duties as determined by the administration.


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