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Aquaponics and Gardening Instructor

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-625199
    • Job Location: Milpitas, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 17, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Site/Location: Elmwood Facility in Santa Clara Jail, Milpitas, CA; other locations as needed.
    • Union: United Educators of San Francisco union
    • Retirement: CalSTRS and optional 403b Retirement Plan
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Job Description:

Site / Location: Elmwood Correctional Facility, Santa Clara Jail

Work Schedule: Enter schedule, e.g. Full-time, 32.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday from 7:30-2:30

Reports to: Principal

Union: United Educators of San Francisco

Retirement: CalSTRS



Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.


Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail, today Five Keys is a charter management (non-profit) corporation that operates three public charter schools within the Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and 26 community satellite campuses in partnership with the reentry and workforce development community in SF and LA.

Additionally, through contracts with the San Francisco Mayor's office of Economic and Workforce Development, Five Keys coordinates the education needs of the SF Workforce Development community. Through a contract with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept. Five Keys provides all the career technical educational and life skills programs for inmates in the LA county jails.


The CTE Aquaponics/Gardening Instructor provides vocational and career development training for San Clara County Jails inmate students. Topics/Areas of Focus covered in this course include:


  • Vegetative Seed Propagation (Grafting, Aquaponics & Orchard Care.
  • Ecosystem of fish and plants while learning STEM standards .


The Aquaponics/Gardening Instructor is an integral member of the Academic Program team, and supports production goals & schedules. The Aquaponics/Gardening program is designed to provide entry/mid-level skills training and employment preparation for individuals on a Nursery or Agriculture career path. The instructor will also support high school students in this program as a science course.


  • Facilitate the Aquaponics/Gardening course
  • Create and maintain an engaging learning environment
  • Communicate with Students/Coworkers/Custody Staff in a Clear, Effective & Respectful manner
  • Research and develop materials necessary to develop/supplement program curriculum as needed
  • Evaluate student progress based on learning objectives/outcomes


  • Understanding of and commitment to restorative justice
  • Awareness of how best to serve the unique Five Keys student population
  • Understanding of the importance of education in lowering the rate of recidivism
  • Knowledge of how to educate students who have been determined to be "At Risk"
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in effective methodology and techniques used to instill confidence and self-respect in adult students
  • Knowledge of general learning theories and curriculum development
  • Computer skills—Computers used for tracking attendance, grades, etc.
  • Able and willing to work in a secure, contained correctional environment
  • A team player with experience working in a collaborative environment
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Possesses conflict resolution skills
  • Is patient and caring
  • Uses good organizational skills to meet the needs of his/her class
  • Is open to innovative approaches to meeting educational goals
  • Promotes and supports multiculturalism
  • Is capable of working with classroom groups of varying size
  • Is adaptable and flexible
  • Possesses an ability to work in a correctional environment
  • Able to hold students accountable for pro-social behavior and a willingness to take corrective measures to that end
  • Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with students or community or program partners, and while at any school location or community or program partner site
  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/concerns


  • Must be willing and able to work in a correctional facility and travel throughout the area to community sites
  • Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population
  • Moderate noise level
  • Outdoors/Indoors
  • Contained and secure
  • Moderate noise level
  • Some personal risk associated with working in a corrections environment

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Experience and Skills:


This position typically requires:

  • Preliminary Full-Time Designated Subjects CTE Teaching Credential OR Full-Time Designated Subjects CTE Credential in the subject matter being taught, and proper industry certifications/experience or Single Subject Multiple Subject Credential
  • At least 3 years of experience in a related field
  • Previous Teaching/Mentoring Experience
  • Must pass Sheriff’s Department background check
  • Frequent and prolonged standing, walking, and sitting
  • Frequent talking and hearing conversations
  • Occasional reaching with hands and arms
  • Occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to follow oral directions in emergency situations
  • Travel to multiple sites required
  • Clear TB Risk Assessment (or results, as needed) dated within 60 days of hire to be submitted within 10 days of hire required
  • Ability to instruct for 2 ½ -3 hours without a break
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions—heat, cold, rain, etc.
  • Frequently using arms and hands write on chalkboards or flip charts



We offer a competitive benefits package. The benefits will vary depending on the position.

All Staff Benefits
• Medical with very low employee premium contributions
• Employer paid Dental
• Employer paid Vision
• Employer paid Life Insurance
• Employer paid AD&D, Short- and Long-term Disability
• HRA Benefit
• Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Accounts
• Pre-Tax Transit and Parking Accounts
• State Teachers Retirement (STRS) with Employer Matching for eligible employees
• 403 (b) retirement plan with Employer Matching for non-STRS positions
• Free Employee Assistance Program
• Generous Paid Time Off
• Gym membership reimbursement up to $100 for employees




Five Keys Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.