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Hill Correctional Center  (District 1)  - Correctional Horticulture Instructor at Hill Correctional Center
Status: Open
Correctional Horticulture Instructor at Hill Correctional Center

Full-time, 12 month, grant funded position for Lake Land College at Hill Correctional Center.  Responsible for teaching courses and labs in the Horticulture Certificate Program.  Extensive knowledge of plant propagation, pest and disease control on turf, garden, and ornamental plants required. HS diploma/GED required.  Associate degree preferred. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  

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Contact Person

 Apply online Submit LLC application, letter of application, resume, and transcripts if applicable to:  Human Resources, 5001 Lake Land Blvd.  Mattoon, IL 61938.  For questions contact:  Chris Williams, Associate Dean, Hill Correctional Center, EOE/AA



Lyons Township (postponed until 2023)  (District 2)  - AgriScience Teacher & FFA Advisor
Status: Open
Lyons Township High School is excited to announce their intent to begin an AFNR program beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. The program will be housed in the Science department at their Jr/Sr (North) campus, and courses offered will include Environmental Science and Urban Agriculture. Because this CTE program will be woven into Science offerings, Science credit will be offered for students, and therefore a Science endorsement is required in addition to an AFNR endorsement. It is anticipated in the first year that the candidate would need to teacher at least two Science courses until the program enrollment can support a full-time AFNR course load.

The school plans to participate in the Ag Education 3 Circles Grant and has already taken steps to begin a Jr. MANRRS chapter.
Contact Person
For more information, contact Science Department Chair Collin Voigt
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Prairie Knolls Middle School  (District 2)  - Middle School STEM: Energy & Environment (full-time)
Status: Open
Central Unit 301 is seeking applicants for full-time Career Tech Ed teaching position beginning with the 2022-
2023 school year.  
Location: Prairie Knolls Middle School (feeds into Burlington Central High School).

Course to be taught are 6th Grade Technology and 7th Grade Agriculture.

Applicants must have a professional educator license and appropriate endorsements.
Contact Person
Apply to:
Matthew Haug, Principal
Prairie Knolls Middle School
225 Nesler Rd.
Elgin, IL 60124

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Chicago High School for Ag Sciences  (District 2)  - Food Science Teacher
Status: Open

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), is seeking a dynamic Food Science & Technology teacher for the 2022-23 school year. CHSAS is a magnet school within the City of Chicago Public Schools. All 800 students take Intro to AFNR their freshman year, complete rotations between the pathway (elective) programs during sophomore year, then choose a career pathway to take double-blocked AFNR elective courses for their Jr-Sr year.

Units of instruction include: principles of food preservation, food processing, biochemistry, food selection, and customer health. Facilities include a large classroom, food prep/lab space, and a large food science lab. 

Contact Person

To apply visit the CPS career portal.


Gary Comer Youth Center  (District 2)  - Urban Agriculture Instructor - Part Time - Hourly
Status: Open
The Comer Education Campus (CEC) has been recognized as one of the most unique youth-serving organizations in the nation.  Our mission is to help young people prepare to be well rounded global citizens who are ready for college and careers.  We primarily serve youth in middle and high schools, while providing employment opportunities and counseling supports to our alumni.

Located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, the campus is anchored by the state-of-the-art Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep High School and Gary Comer Middle School.  Programming is offered in three primary categories: academics, enrichment, and college and career preparation.  Together we serve nearly 2,000 young people annually.

Position Summary 
As an Urban Agriculture Instructor, you will develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry-based programs for middle and high schoolers to be implemented during in-school and out-of-school-time settings.  You will lead teens in work readiness programs in urban agriculture, agriculture-based social enterprises, landscaping, and related green careers. You will work alongside teens and young adults in the Comer Education Campus (CEC) network of gardens, including an 8,600 square foot intensive rooftop garden, an environmental education garden, an indoor hydroponics operation, and a 1.75-acre urban farm with hoop houses, annual vegetables, perennials, fruit trees, and more. 

Salary: $26/hour
Starting Date:  August 25, 2022 or before.

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Contact Person
General questions, contact:  

Amanda Anderson
Urban Agriculture Program Manager
Gary Comer Youth Center
7200 S. Ingleside Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619
Main: (773) 358-4100 or (773) 358-4079

Oakland High School  (District 4)  - Ag Mechanics or Industrial Technology Teacher
Status: Open

Oakland High School, located in Coles County and Section 18, is seeking an agriculture mechanics or industrial technology teacher for the 2022-2023 school year.  This position would be in addition to their current agriculture teacher. 

Duties include, but are not limited to, teaching construction trades, production technology, introduction to technology and industrial technology &/or agricultural mechanics classes.

Qualified applicants must be licensed to teach Industrial Technology or Agriculture.  Salary and benefits are determined based on the collective bargaining agreement with the Oakland Education Association.

Coaching, extra-curricular, and class sponsorship opportunities are available.

To apply mail or email letter of interest, resume with references, and proof of license to:

Tabatha Cohorst
Oakland CUSD #5
310 N. Teeter St.
Oakland, IL 61943

Contact Person
Tabatha Cohorst

Decatur MacArthur  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Status: Open

The Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy ( is seeking an Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor to join Becca Merrill at MacArthur High School. The successful applicant will take up teaching duties as soon as possible. This teacher would be joining a four teacher team – two at each high school – who work cooperatively to advise two Andreas Academy FFA Chapters, jointly operating horticulture and livestock activities. This current position is located at Decatur’s MacArthur High School, which functions as an independent FFA chapter, and works cooperatively alongside students and teachers from Eisenhower High School’s FFA chapter.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, classroom instruction will take place within the two Decatur high school buildings. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the Andreas Academy will transition most instruction to the $9 million FFA Agriculture Education Center, which is under construction. This facility and adjoining production acreage will house Academy courses and serve as a host site for regional and state chapters to meet for special events.

Created through partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation – – the Andreas Academy has grown to 435 students in its fourth year of operation, pursuing an objective to engage non-traditional students in exploring careers in Agriculture. 100% of the students are FFA members, with a focus on encouraging creative SAE immersions. More than 80 area businesses, such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), media outlets, family farms and community partners operate as an advisory panel in support of the program. The Academy continues to strengthen ties to the University of Illinois College of ACES (Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) and to create strategic connections with other collegiate agricultural programs.

Courses to be taught include: Introduction to Agriculture, Basic Ag Science, Wildlife Management, Animal Science, and Ag Business Management

An important component of Andreas Academy activities is a 15-acre school Living Science Farm ( to host instructional enrichment activities for animal science, agriculture test and production plots, student-run entrepreneurship, and related hands-on learning experiences.

The successful applicant may have a special interest in one or more focus areas but must demonstrate proficiency in facilitating classwork for each course. Instructors utilize both CASE curriculum and iCEV online-focused resources to deliver content. The Academy covers costs for CASE training and other relevant professional development opportunities. This position offers a competitive salary/benefits package, including significant additional compensation through the Three Circle Grant.

Please direct email or phone inquiries to:

Zach Shields
Executive Director – Decatur Public Schools Foundation

(217) 362-3042 (office)

(217) 853-4722 (cell)


Becca Merrill

Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor- MacArthur High School


Contact Person

Zach Shields
Executive Director – Decatur Public Schools Foundation

(217) 362-3042 (office)

(217) 853-4722 (cell)


Becca Merrill

Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor- MacArthur High School



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