Instructors for Automation and Digital Agriculture Program

Position: Program Instructor

Status: Temporary Full and Part Time

Program: Automation and Digital Agriculture

Posted: Apr 22, 2022

Deadline: ASAP, until positions are filled

About Palette

Palette is a national not-for-profit that trains Canadians for careers in growing industries. Since our launch just over two years ago, we have created two skilling programs: SalesCamp and the Accelerated Cyber Security Training Program. We are now looking to expand into Automation and Digital Agriculture. While these sectors are different from each other, our approach is the same: to train and connect individuals with the foundational skills to employers who are struggling to find in-demand talent. We are extremely proud that our approach has resulted in 96% of graduates from our flagship SalesCamp program receiving a job offer upon program completion.

About the Program

Palette Inc. is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to launch an Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist program. The program upskills highly motivated workers looking to transition into the Agri-Food sector in technology and business roles to develop careers in farm robotics, agriculture automation, precision agriculture and production management. It is highly suitable for people who come from Aboriginal communities, newcomers to Canada, recent postgraduates, and experienced professionals looking to transition sectors.

This accelerated 8-week program addresses the automation and digitization technologies in agriculture production and processing facilities. It generates candidates specialized in identifying, managing and implementing technologies to solve challenges across the Agri-Food value chain. This program is dedicated to providing the sector’s highest potential firms with the diverse and well-trained talent they need to scale and grow, and for that, we built this program with the employers and for the employers.

The program provides project-based learning in emerging technologies in Agri-Food such as GIS, IoT, Unmanned Ariel Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Sensors and Big Data. Participants learn and apply business and soft skills throughout the program, such as project management, business development, teamwork and collaborations, problem-solving, and job readiness. Working with employer partners to place participants in key roles, the program fills an essential need in the digital agriculture industry for skilled talent.

About the Role

Palette Skills is actively looking for instructors in the field of Digital Agriculture for a collaborative Automation and Digital Agriculture Specialist training program that prepares students for roles in the digital agriculture space. The program will target individuals with a postgraduate foundation in statistics and a comfort with numeracy for a program that consists of two weeks full time and six weeks part time of intense lecture and problem-based learning aligned with industry needs. The course instructor will build curriculum for and teach various course modules within the curriculum. We would consider candidates who can teach one or more modules. The ideal instructor demonstrates excellence in explaining technical concepts, supports the vision, mission, and values of the program, and creates an environment which gets everyone motivated, focused, and engaged.

Key Responsibilities

● Plan, organize, create, and deliver online curricula.

● Employ a variety of active learning techniques, strategies, and delivery modes in order to enhance the individual learning experience.

● Leverage best practices in online and in person instruction, cultivate a dynamic, collaborative, interactive and supportive environment for candidates.

● Assess candidates on a continuous basis and provide prompt feedback on candidate progress.

● Support candidate success including practical hands on instructions and mentorship through project-based learning.

Skills and Qualifications

● University degree in a related field.

● Experience teaching and/or working in digital agriculture.

● Teaching experience at the college or university level is preferred.

● Comfortable teaching both in an online environment and in person.

● Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills.

● Believes in experiential learning pedagogy.

Additional Details

The instructor will be supported by Palette Skills, and guest speakers will be incorporated into the program. This is a contract position with a competitive rate of pay. The average number of work hours per day will be variable during the design phase and four hours per day during the delivery phase. The scheduled start for this opportunity is immediate as the program launches in early June.

How to apply? If this sounds like you or someone you know, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@paletteskills.org. Please reach out to Ednali Zehavi, Program Manager agtech@paletteskills.org who will be happy to answer any questions. Feel free to circulate this position to your network or colleagues who may be a fit for the role. And thank you for your interest!

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