Serve as a strategic partner for Ottawa County Farm Bureau in growing the agricultural literacy of students and teachers. Collaborate with the Ottawa County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee to plan and execute an annual county agricultural literacy strategic plan. Deliver Michigan Agricultural in the Classroom (MIAITC) lessons and activities to K-5 students, build relationships and conduct professional development trainings with K-5 teachers. Connect with high school students during career fairs and career exploration events. Integrate AITC lessons and activities in youth summer programming. Facilitate collaboration among county agricultural literacy and outreach organizations. Continuously improve marketing, communication and data collection efforts for Ottawa County AITC.
To view the contractor agreement, detailing all aspects of the position, click here. Some of the major expectations are listed below.
- In the first month, work with the county P&E committee to conduct a joint strategic planning process and develop a county Farm Bureau agricultural literacy strategic plan that clarifies role of volunteers, AITC specialist and P&E chair.
- Meet with the P&E committee quarterly to review AITC and P&E progress toward county Farm Bureau agricultural literacy strategic plan, survey results and upcoming programs and outreach.
- In the first three months, solicit, gather and make a plan for contacting teachers, administrators and schools with connections to the Ottawa County P&E program and committee member networks, previous Ottawa County AITC efforts, county board networks and county volunteer networks.
- Collaborate with the county P&E chair to develop programs/activities/initiatives to engage farmer volunteers and submit volunteer needs to the county P&E chair.
- Provide written monthly reports to the Ottawa County Farm Bureau board outlining progress toward the metrics outlined in this contract.
- Average two days per week in classrooms from November 2021- May 2022, sharing 30-50- minute AITC lessons or activities with an average of 120 students each day. In total, directly interact with 6,000 K-5 students, with a focus on grades 3-5, clocking at least 200 hours of classroom instruction time during the 2021-2022 school year.
- Connect with 15% of the county's public and charter high school students sharing opportunities in agriculture, food and natural resources careers. Engage farmer and agribusiness county members in these connections. Connections could include participation in career fairs, guest speaking, etc.
- Maintain and update a distribution list/database of teacher contacts, adding visit summaries, student, teacher and instruction totals on a bi-weekly basis. Share teacher contact information and outreach numbers with MIAITC.
- Communicate with teacher contacts quarterly. Collaborate with Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom to include county teacher contacts in state wide communications and opportunities.
- Present AITC-verified lessons or activities to?3,500 K-5 students during the summer months by partnering with school summer programs, summer camps, libraries, county fairs and other venues, events and programs.
- Work with the county P&E committee to create a plan and/or develop an educational program for youth activities at the three county fairs. Participate in at least one day of the three county fairs' youth activities in person.
- At the discretion, and with monetary support, of the board of directors, attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference with the county P&E chair.
- Operate within the budget, processes?and procedures established by the Ottawa County Farm Bureau board of directors for supply purchasing, inventory management, expense reimbursement and technology utilization.
- Meet with the MFB contract supervisor and county Farm Bureau contact once quarterly, to evaluate performance and progress toward contract completion