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Each year the Virginia Governor’s School for Agriculture seeks Governor’s School Leaders (GSLs) to help support 100 talented and gifted youth from across the Commonwealth grow in their understanding of agriculture, have a college preparation experience, and to build a safe and fun environment for all students.

What does a GSL do?

The GSL position is one of many hats. GSLs work days are long, running from at minimum breakfast till the after bed checks and staff debrief at 11pm. Days are action packed with GSLs having varied responsibilities including ensuring the whereabouts and safety of 100 high-school students, supporting high-school students’ efforts to conduct academic literature reviews which result in a paper, poster, infographic, and presentation; facilitate social activities that range from athletic activities, scavenger hunts, panel discussions, cookouts, field trips, farm visits, etc. GSLs are responsible for supporting the emotional well-being of students who are away from home, living in communal spaces, and are away from home for the first time. GSLs share the role of friend, parent, teacher, and disciplinarian. This role is as challenging as it is fun and rewarding.

GSLs must be willing and able to:

  • Stay in the residence halls when students are on campus.
  • Facilitate and support in-person learning activities.
  • Have a valid United States driver’s license and be willing and able to drive a 12-passenger van.
  • Be comfortable being in a leadership role for high-school aged youth.
  • Support youth learning in formal classroom and non-formal social settings.

Interested in applying? 

Click on the link below to view the full position description and application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Once an applicant has submitted all the required materials, they will be contacted to set up an interview time by GSA staff.

2024 Governor’s School for Agriculture Staff Application

Additional questions can be directed to Dr. Brett Milliken (, Director of Virginia Governor’s School for Agriculture.