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Instructor, Environmental Horticulture
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Date Posted Mar. 24, 2020
Title Instructor, Environmental Horticulture
University Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Los Altos Hills, CA, United States
Department n/a
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Sciences - Other
    Agriculture/Vet Med

Instructor, Environmental Horticulture

Posting #: 19-097

Campus: Foothill College

Close/Initial Review Date:


Initial Review Date: 5/4/2020

*Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Instructor, Environmental Horticulture and Design, Foothill College.

Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

Foothill College Mission Statement:

Believing a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and enhancing a democratic society, Foothill College offers programs and services that empower students to achieve their goals as members of the workforce, as future students, and as global citizens. We work to obtain equity in achievement of student outcomes for all California student populations, and are guided by our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability. Foothill College offers associate degrees and certificates in multiple disciplines, and a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.


Under the direction of the Dean, Physical Science, Math, Engineering and Stem, instruct community college horticulture courses to a diverse student population at a college committed to student equity. The instructor will be expected to teach in a variety of topic areas. Course topic areas typically include landscape design, landscape construction, plant identification, plant maintenance, plant production, green industry business, pest management, sustainability and related horticultural topics. Additional duties include management of the Environmental Horticulture and Design program with activities such as scheduling, budgeting, marketing/recruitment, counseling, program evaluation and recruiting/training/evaluating adjunct faculty.

Standard duties expected of all faculty include development and evaluation of curricula, maintaining scheduled office hours, attending department and division meetings, pursuing professional growth activities, service on district and/or college committees, and performing other duties consistent with the role of an instructor. Instructors also have the opportunity to participate in campus extra-curricular activities.

  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  • The minimum qualifications are any bachelor's degree or higher and two years of professional experience, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience. Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master's degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to the faculty member's teaching assignment.

  • Community College level experience teaching a variety of Horticulture lecture and laboratory classes.
  • Teaching pedagogy adaptable to a variety of learning styles including an emphasis on interactive multimedia, internet resources, and hands-on lab experiences.
  • Ability to teach and communicate effectively with students differing in age, gender, ethnicity, educational, and economic background.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team of professionals with administrators, faculty and support staff.
  • Ability to change systems of teaching delivery to meet differing student needs and able to adapt to change easily.
  • Ability to schedule courses and coordinate rooms, adjunct, loads and space shared with other programs
  • Ability to prepare reports on budgets, program review, grant applications
  • Expansion of the program to new audiences and new directions
  • Recruiting from general population, secondary schools and industry
  • Ability to work with an industry advisory board
  • Ability to recruit, orient, train and evaluate competent adjunct faculty
  • Counseling students regarding careers, coursework, registration and degree requirements


Variety of Horticulture topics which may include several of the following areas:
  • Landscape Design and Drafting
  • Landscape Construction
  • Plant Identification
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Pest Identification and Management
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Soils
  • Greenhouse and Nursery Management
  • Sustainable Landscaping Principles and Techniques
  • Plant Production
  • Environmental Studies
  • Irrigation Design and Maintenance
  • Turf Management
  • Green Industry Business Management
  • Internship and service learning

Operation of Horticultural equipment which may include:
  • Large equipment such as tractors, skidsteers and all-terrain vehicles
  • Powered construction equipment such as masonry saw, chainsaw.
  • Construction tools
  • Landscape power tools such as mowers, sodcutter, rototiller.

Management of Horticultural facilities including:
  • Greenhouse
  • Nursery
  • Plant Gardens
  • Construction Lab


  • Indoor, classroom environment.
  • Indoor, outdoor lab environment
  • Off campus locations

Physical Abilities:

(Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without reasonable accommodations)
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  • Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.
  • Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.
  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.
  • Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  • A District on-line application to be completed at *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  • A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our Applicant Information webpage to assist with technical difficulties at:

HIRING RANGE: $60,490.00 - $99,345.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience.

For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Tenure-track, 10-months per year


Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217


This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

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