VACANCY: Professor of Agricultural Production – Plant Science (Los Banos)

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Salary: $55,018.00 – $124,750.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 20230324
Closing: 4/21/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Los Banos, CA

*Position’s initial max possible salary placement is $85,637*Additional compensation available via overload assignments, with approval Anticipated Interview dates will take place by May 2023

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California’s Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.

We are looking for a motivated individual who is passionate about all aspects of agriculture and teaching students to join our team!

Please see the videos below to learn more about our Agriculture programs and School Farm

Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences in Plant Science to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.
General Description:

This position is specific to our Los Banos campus and will focus on all aspects of agriculture to start a program at this site. Subjects could include but not limited to Soil Science, Plant Science and Horticulture.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions:

  • Provide innovative and effective instruction in accordance with current pedagogy and established course outlines and expectations
  • Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance policies and maintain regular and substantive contact with students
  • Maintain and submit required student attendance and scholastic records on the Learning Management System (e.g. grades and syllabi)
  • Utilize the Learning Management System to deliver, prepare, and grade class assignments and examinations
  • Post and maintain regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy
  • Participate in the development and review of curriculum
  • Participate in the development of teaching-learning methods and materials
  • Participate in departmental, area, and campus professional activities/committees
  • Represent the college within the Merced community and within professional circles
  • Participate in the college’s learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments to continually improve student learning outcomes

Typical Qualifications


  • Any bachelor’s degree from an acceptable accredited institution AND two (2) years of professional experience in agriculture or related area OR
  • Any associate degree from an acceptable accredited institution AND six (6) years professional experience in agriculture or related area OR
  • The equivalent
  • Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Master’s degree in Agriculture Education or related area.
  • Teaching experience in the subject matter
  • Current technology skills related to teaching in the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

  1. Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at

Required Documentation:

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)
  2. Resume
  3. List of three professional references (no reference letters permitted)
  4. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.
  5. Diversity Statement: The Merced College District has a diverse staff and student population. As such, applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Please describe how your professional experience would contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please do not include any personally identifying information. Limit your response to one (1) page.

If Applicable:

  1. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing ntials/transcripts
  2. Equivalency Review Form (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment. Any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile.

Interview Information:

Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee, which includes a teaching demonstration on a selected topic. Interviews will be held onsite.

Employee Benefits:

Employee Benefits: Health benefits for the employee and all their eligible dependents cost employee’s only $12 per month and provide access to PPO medical coverage, PPO dental coverage, VSP Vision coverage, and more! Please visit our Merced College Benefits website for more details about our incredible employee benefits. In addition, sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

Condition of Employment:

The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply, visit los-banosjeid-21e9b3dd3bc833439ff867dfe3cd6b86 

An Equal Opportunity Employer actively seeking applications from racial/ethnic minorities, women and persons with disabilities.


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