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Industry: Instruction; Japanese Agriculture Training Program (JATP)

Company: Big Bend Community College

Salary: See Position Description

Location : Moses Lake, WA

Job Type: Part-Time

Job Number: 24-29

Division: Instruction

Department: Japanese Agriculture Training Program (JATP)

Opening Date: 05/31/2024

Position Summary

Big Bend Community College (BBCC), a rural college serving vibrant, culturally rich communities in the Columbia Basin of Central Washington invites applications for an Agriculture Trainer in the college’s Japanese Agricultural Training Program. This position will teach general agriculture vocabulary and American agriculture basics as it relates to fruit, vegetables, livestock, horticulture and other assigned topics to Japanese Agriculture Trainees as well as other assigned duties.

The Japanese Agricultural Training Program JATP is a work/training educational program for Japanese students to come to the USA. The training is an intensive 9 week program with English, Spanish, and agricultural instruction.

Estimated 40 contracted days at $175 per day. Plus, a farm equipment and machine operation training stipend and field trip stipend. Pay subject to change based on 2024 negotiated agreement.

The JATP Instructional Training Program runs from June 24 – August 16, 2024.

The Japanese Agricultural Training Program was initially conceived as a means of improving Japan’s agriculture via the transfer of U.S. technology and farming methods. Today’s JATP represents a continuing effort, not only to improve agriculture in Japan, but also to promote greater understanding between Japan and the United States. Academic as well as comprehensive on-the-farm training is used to accomplish this. Additionally, trainee insight into American culture and institutions is developed through participation in host family and community activities.

BBCC’s organizational strength is captured in our small but mighty spirit. A small college taking on BIG things to enact BIG change to lift our students and employees. We are dedicated to extending postsecondary access to all our service district members and providing an environment for all to grow personally and professionally, steered by our mission and vision.

Vision: To become our communities’ first choice to dream, learn, and succeed.


Serve as a Bridge

Stand as a Leader

Support for Success

Our guiding principles are a call to action, establishing a standard for how we interact with each other, present BBCC in the community, serve students AND act upon areas of inequity.

Guiding Principles

Honor our Role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Advocate for Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Embrace our Workplace Norms

Innovate Proactively

Model Integrity

Educate All

If you share these values, we encourage you to come be a part of the movement happening at Big Bend Community College.

This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by June 14, 2024. Big Bend Community College reserves the right to offer this position to a qualified candidate at any time, so a prompt response is encouraged.

Essential Job Duties

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Teach general agriculture vocabulary.
  • Teach American agriculture basics as it relates to fruit, vegetables, livestock, horticulture, and other assigned topics.
  • Follow curriculum and lesson plan schedule.
  • Provide agriculture demonstrations and training.
  • Organize and schedule agriculture field trips.
  • Communicate with trainees and JATP Director.
  • Attend extra-curricular activities.
  • Drive 11-passenger van to transport trainees when needed.
  • Other duties as requested by the JATP Director.

Minimum & Desirable Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5 years of Agriculture industry experience.
  • Ag instructor must possess strong leadership and organization skills
  • Effective written, electronic and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Teaching Experience
  • Agricultural or related degree
  • Knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture.
  • Experience teaching English as a second language.

Application Instructions

This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by June 14, 2024. Big Bend Community College reserves the right to offer this position to a qualified candidate at any time, so a prompt response is encouraged.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  1. BBCC Online application.
  2. Cover letter, addressing why you are interested in this position and how your qualifications make you the ideal candidate.*
  3. Comprehensive resume or CV.*
  4. Response(s) to the questions found in the Supplemental Questions Tab above.* Supplemental questions are designed to address the Additional Desirable qualifications list in the job posting.
  5. Unofficial transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate course work and degrees. Official transcripts required upon employment.*

NOTE: You must complete the online application in full and respond to the required supplemental questions. Failure to provide this information or responses of “See Resume” may eliminate you from consideration for this position. The college reserves the right to remove documents, submitted but not requested, by BBCC as part of the application process. These documents include, but are not limited to statements of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, letters of recommendation, student evaluations, performance evaluations, etc.

BBCC reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College’s discretion.

This posting does not reflect the entire job description and may be changed and/or modified, at any time, without notice.

If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please contact NEOGOV Customer Service at 1-855-524-5627.


Pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employers. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who does not complete the questions.

Prior to employment, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform the position.

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of Big Bend Community College to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Official transcripts must be provided to the college upon hire.


Big Bend provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity, and/or grievances to the Vice President of Human Resources & Labor/Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator/Section 504 Coordinator, BBCC 7662 Chanute Street NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837; 509-793-2026 or via email at .


In compliance with state and federal regulations, BBCC is committed to a safe and drug and alcohol-free campus. Employees are expected to comply with BBCC’s policy prohibiting illegal drug use or activity, including notifications of criminal drug convictions and the use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications that are likely to affect job safety. The complete policy and procedure are available to view on the of the BBCC website. Printed copies of the policy and procedure are available by contacting the Human Resources Office at 509-793-2008.


BBCC strives to be a safe and secure campus for our students, employees, and community. Detailed information regarding campus security, crime statistics for the most recent-three year period, and other information is available on the of the BBCC website. If you have questions or would like a printed copy of the materials please contact Campus Safety and Security at 509-793-2286.


Big Bend Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, marital status, pregnancy status or families with children, a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, genetic information, and/or status as a veteran or any other legally protected classification.

Big Bend Community College provides a robust benefit package. The benefits, programs, and services offered are a sizable amount of an employee’s overall compensation and an important factor in encouraging a healthy work-life balance.

Benefit eligibility for part-time positions is determined in accordance with state regulations. Part-time employees meeting benefit eligibility requirements will be notified by the Human Resources Office.

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