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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



Cambridge Jr./Sr High School  (District 1)  - Cambridge Jr./Sr High School 2nd Ag Teacher and Co- FFA Advisor Job Posting (Fall 2023)
Status: Open

Cambridge Jr./Sr High School 2nd Ag Teacher and Co- FFA Advisor Job Posting (Fall 2023)

Cambridge High School, located in Cambridge, IL and Section 3, has a full-time opening for the 2023-2024 school year for an Agricultural Education teacher and co-FFA advisor to join Mr. Trenton Taber as the second instructor. The program is energetic, established, competitive, and welcoming. The school administration, alumni, community, and students are excited to continue to grow the future of agriculture!

The Cambridge High School Agriculture Program has received many distinguishing honors, including being named the Illinois Premier FFA Chapter in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The National Association of Agricultural Educators recognized the school as the Region 4 Outstanding Agriculture Program in 2021. Additionally, the FFA chapter has been a 3-star National Chapter Award recipient for seven years, Top Ten National Premier Chapter Finalist, and home to several section presidents and a recent state FFA president.

Since 2016, students have received success in SAE’s having seven state proficiency winners, two national finalists, and one national winner. Also, students are motivated to earn degrees with seven American FFA degrees, 23 state FFA degrees and 11 Section 3 STAR award recipients. They have also competed at the National FFA Convention in the Agricultural Sales and Marketing Plan CDEs. The success of the program stems from dedication to the three circle model of ag education. The program is supported by an involved alumni group that is helpful in maintaining community relations and financial support.

Facilities currently include a classroom and office space, greenhouse, land lab, and ag mechanics shop. Starting this year, the program has begun a fundraising campaign to establish a new, state of the art ag education complex that will house a classroom for each teacher, board room, ag science lab, and animal science lab. A renovation to the current industrial arts building will take place this summer to house the ag mechanics classes. To learn more about the expansion click this LINK.

The courses taught will include 7th and 8th Grade Agriculture, Introduction to Agriculture, Biological Science Applications in Agriculture, Horticulture Production and Management, Animal and Veterinary Science, National Resource and Conservation, and Agricultural Business.  With the expansion to two teachers, the program will feature a full mechanics pathway including classes that cover carpentry, welding, surveying, plumbing, electricity, and power. The division of courses between teachers will be dependent on the strengths of the candidate. Multiple classes within the program count as dual credit through Black Hawk College. The program is supported by a nationally recognized counseling department that puts Career and Technical Education as its main priority.


  • Current and valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) OR

  • Career and Technician Education Educator License with Stipulations (ELS)


Beginning salary for a first year teacher will be $38,835 plus District TRS Contribution of $1,167 for a total salary of $40,002. The district currently offers a 400 hour extended contract as a participant in the Three Circle FFA and SAE grant, which pays an additional base of approximately $13,000. 15 sick days are provided as well as two personal days. 

Contact Person

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume by November 1st to: 

  • Mail

    • Robert Reagan

Principal , Cambridge Jr/Sr High School

300 South West Street

Cambridge, IL 61238


  • Email



ROWVA High School  (District 1)  - Vacancy Fall 2023 ROWVA High School Agriculture Teacher and Co FFA Advisor
Status: Open

ROWVA High School, located in Section 4 in Oneida, IL, is seeking a second Agriculture Education Teacher and FFA Advisor beginning Fall 2023 to form a two teacher agriculture program.

The successful candidate will join Mr.  Rodney Main in the ROWVA Agriculture Department.  Mr. Main has 39 years of experience, 28 with ROWVA.  Mr. Main is committed to mentoring the successful candidate and collaborating with him or her to determine what classes will make up each instructor’s course load.


Classes assigned to this position may include but are not limited to:

  • 8th Grade Agriculture
  • Introduction to Agriculture Industry
  • Basic Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Sales & Marketing
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Basic Agricultural Mechanics
  • Agricultural Mechanization & Technology
  • Agriculture Welding
  • Agriculture Engines & Maintenance
  • Biological Science Applications in Ag
  • Physical Science Applications in Ag 
  • Agriculture Cooperative Work Experience

The final course assignment is flexible and will be decided in collaboration with the final candidate and the current agriculture teacher.


Illinois PEL with Endorsement in Agriculture Education. Ability to teach 9-12 is required, but 6-12 is preferred. 


The salary will be determined by the current collective bargaining agreement which can be found on the district's website. The candidate will also receive additional compensation through the three circles grant.

Additional Notes:


Main Agriculture Classroom

  • 600 sqft  - 30 Students
  • Smartboard 
  • Office – 200 sqft Connected Lab Area of 300 sqft
  • 1 to 1 District – Student Chromebooks
  • 6 Laptops in Agriculture Department
  • Agriculture Shop Area 4,000 sqft
    • CNC Plasma Cutter Table
    • Ironworker
    • Welding Jig, Fabrication Capabilities
    • Welding Parts, Top Tier Machines; Lincoln Electric brand
    • Saw Stop Table Saw
  • Aquaculture Lab Area 200 sqft
  • Greenhouse 330 sqft
  • Henhouse – 120 sqft
  • Arboretum 
  • Agriculture Center 
    • $70,000 Raised by Alumni in Capital Campaign, Completed 2018
    • Main Building 1,200 sqft, insulated
    • Birthing Center 1,400 sqft, insulated
  • Other Shared Resources Available
    • Welding Shop, 12 Stations
    • Wood Shop – 2,000 sqft
    • Engine Shop – 600 sqft
    • Auto Shop, 2 post & 4 post lifts including tire machine – 2,000 sqft

The ROWVA FFA Chapter has a long standing tradition of promoting the agriculture industry through agriculture education.  The ROWVA FFA Chapter has been very successful over the years in Section, District and State level proficiencies, Career Development Events, Leadership Development Events, and National Chapter Awards.  ROWVA FFA is one of the top chapters in the state with a high level of student participation, administration support, and alumni/community involvement. Successful candidate will receive a stipend, extended contract, and three circles grant.

Contact Person

How to Apply

Send letter of interest, resume, copy of teaching license (a screenshot from ELIS or including your IEIN on you resume is sufficient), and at least three letters of recommendation to:

Dr. James Dunlap


P.O. Box 69

335 N. Joy St.

Oneida, IL 61428

Applications can also be emailed to

Additional questions regarding the position or school can be directed to Mr. Ben Rees, Principal, at

Email Address


Indian Creek  (District 2)  - Agriculture Teacher & Co-FFA Advisor
Status: Open
Indian Creek CUSD 425 has an opening for a combo Jr. High/High School AFNR teacher for the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. This position will start a middle school FFA chapter and assist with the HS FFA chapter as needed.
Courses to be taught:
Middle School: 6, 7, and 8 Exploratory Ag
High School: Ag Construction, Woodworking
Contact Person

To apply please go to

All applications must include letters of recommendations, copy of valid and appropriate teaching certificates, and transcripts. These should be uploaded to the application online.  For questions, please contact: KC McCarty, Principal of Indian Creek CUSD 425 High School, 506 S. Shabbona Rd, Shabbona, IL 60550. phone: 815-824-2197. 


Clifton Central  (District 2)  - Ag Business Teacher (2nd Ag Teacher)
Status: Open
Clifton Central High School, located in Clifton within Section 10, is seeking a second Ag teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. 
The candidate would be expected to teach Ag Business and Consumers' Ed courses as their current business department teacher retires. 

Clifton Central operates a community cooperative retail business (selling feed and greenhouse supplies). The Ag Business Management teacher will oversee the Co-op program which is the primary responsibility of the Ag Business Management class. The successful candidate will become a co-FFA Advisor and may have extracurricular or coaching opportunities. Other course assignments may be offered depending on the experiences of the candidate.
Contact Person
View posting here.

Southwestern CUSD 9 - Piasa  (District 3)  - Agricultural Education Instructor/FFA Advisor
Status: Open
Southwestern CUSD 9 is seeking a high school Agricultural Education Instructor/FFA Advisor to begin January 2023 and complete the 2022-2023 school year. The position is open until it is filled. Please apply soon if you are interested in this position.

Southwestern is located near Piasa, IL and serves students located in both Macoupin and Jersey Counties with students coming from Brighton, Medora, Shipman, Piasa, Fidelity, Royal Lakes, Kemper, Plainview and Summerville. 

Facilities include classroom, agricultural mechanics lab, land lab (plot) and greenhouse. There are currently 137 students in grades 9-12 enrolled in courses. Southwestern FFA is also very active in section, district, state and national events.

Contact Person
Applications should include a letter of interest, resume, references with contact information, copy of transcript, and a copy of teaching license (PEL license, ELS-CTE license, or be able to obtain an ELS-CTE license).

Applications can be emailed to Mark Bearley, High School Principal at OR to Kevin Bowman, School Superintendent at


Applications can be mailed to:
Southwestern CUSD 9
P.O. Box 728
Brighton, IL 62012

For additional information, you may contact the Superintendent's Office at (618) 372-3813 Option 0
Mark Bearley, High School Principal at (618) 372-3813 Option 1 
email questions to

Staunton CUSD 6  (District 3)  - 3rd Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Staunton High School, located in Macoupin County in Section 15, is accepting applications for a 3rd Agriculture teacher to replace an industrial arts teacher. The successful candidate will join the team with John Davin and Maggie McCalla, current teachers.

The program consists of a wide range of agriculture and industrial arts classes. Current classes include: Intro to Ag, Intro to Tech, Welding 1, Advanced Welding, Construction 1, Advanced Construction, Ag Computers and Engineering, Vet Science, Animal and Plant Science, Ag Business, Floral Design, Horticulture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Ag Mechanics, Electricity, Drafting, Cooperative Education, and middle school agriculture classes. The new hire will work with the current teachers to determine teaching assignments to best fit teacher experience in order to best serve the student population. 

Facilities include: Completely renovated Metal Shop, Completely renovated Wood Shop, Completely renovated General Ag Shop, Greenhouse, Farm Plot, Virtual Welding Lab, 3 classrooms. 

Contact Person

Interested Applicants should apply by clicking the following link

Questions can be directed to Superintendent, Brett Allen at

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



Charleston High School  (District 4)  - High School Career and Tech Ed Teacher
Status: Open

Charleston High School, located in Section 20, is looking for a full-time CTE teacher. This teacher would be responsible for teaching 4 sections of Intro to Agriculture/Intro to Industrial Tech. Industrial Tech classes would be shop classes covering woodshop, CAD, and plasma table at an introductory/exploratory level.  This teacher may also be expected to teach other Ag courses, such as Horticulture, or even a business class, such as Computer Concepts.

CHS utilizes a block schedule. CHS teachers currently teach a total of 3 80-minute classes per day along with an 80-minute prep period each day. Each teacher teaches a total of 6 sections.

Charleston currently employs 1 full-time AG teacher and 1-full-time industrial tech teacher. This position would be adding a 3rd full time position to the department. This year Charleston’s Agriculture and Mechanical center was completely renovated with state-of-the-art tools and equipment. We have a strong focus on growing these programs along with our student-based enterprises.

To apply for the position visit,  Contact Principal Aaron Lock (

Contact Person
Principal Aaron Lock (

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