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County Extension Faculty Positions 

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Northwest District


Northeast District



Nassau County - Callahan, FL - County Extension Director & Extension Agent II - IV OR Program Extension Agent II - IV (70765)

Closing date: Mar 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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    Location

    Callahan, FL

    Open Date

    Feb 22, 2021

    Deadline

    Mar 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    Description

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

    If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

    Please note: The Extension Agent track is permanent status-accruing and the Program Extension Agent track is non-permanent status accruing in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (FCES). The track followed by a successful candidate who does not currently hold permanent status in FCES will be agreed upon by UF and the candidate and will depend on current position and experience. A successful candidate who currently holds permanent status in FCES will follow the Extension Agent track. The programmatic focus of this position is Environmental Horticulture with Master Gardener Volunteer program responsibility.

    The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

    Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

    We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. As an Extension Agent and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Nassau County. As the CED (about 30% of your time) you will lead the total Nassau County extension program. As the Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Coordinator (about 65% of your time), you will lead county horticulture education and volunteer development programs. This position also includes a 5% effort to support the county 4-H Youth Development program in your area of expertise. You will demonstrate excellent customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Nassau County community as you work with extension faculty, staff and stakeholders.

     What you will do as County Extension Director:

    • Lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total county extension program.
    • Maintain, foster, and build effective working relationships with stakeholders, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, government agencies, county residents, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff and extension administration.
    • Establish and collaborate with an advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals that will assist with program priorities to reach your audiences.
    • Manage the Extension Office facilities.
    • Oversee the completion of the new Extension building in Yulee and coordinate the move from the current locations in Callahan and Yulee offices.
    • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate county faculty and staff.
    • Support and commit to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment.
    • Serve as a role model to the community.

    What you will do as the Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent:

    • Develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate comprehensive county horticulture and volunteer development programs in cooperation with local citizens, organizations, volunteers, businesses, agencies, and county/state Extension colleagues.
    • Teach Florida Friendly Landscaping and home food production.
    • Recruit, train, manage, and retain existing and potential MGVs.

    • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs while reviewing and implementing new policies, maintaining records assessing risks, communicating, and marketing effectively across social media platforms, managing financial resources, and creating education materials and opportunities for Nassau County.
    • Collaborate with the District Extension Director and other Northeast CEDs on multi-county projects.
    • Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A master’s degree in horticultural science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. We will accept applicants without a master’s degree if the degree will be earned by May, 2021.
    • At least 5 years of professional extension experience or equivalent.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and overnight travel.

Central District



St. Johns County - St. Augustine, FL - Regional Specialized Extension Agent III – Family and Consumer Sciences/Food Systems (70774)

Closing date: Mar 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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    Location

    St.t Augustine, FL

    Open Date

    Feb 22, 2021

    Deadline

    Mar 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    Description

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

    If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

    The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

    Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

    We hire the best. Diverse views and experience make us strong. We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and will use marketing techniques that will reach diverse populations to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity. Working for Florida Cooperative Extension will allow you to make a positive impact in your community as you help shape future generations, growing your career while earning a competitive salary and great benefits.

    As a Regional Specialized Extension Agent (RSA), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and St. Johns County. We are looking for an individual with skills in human nutrition, food safety, healthy lifestyles, and financial management who will implement procedures, strategies, and educational programs that will facilitate success of diverse populations. You will work at the crossroads of food systems, health, and well-being. “Food systems” in the context of this position includes access to local, safe, and healthy foods, resource management, conservation of natural resources and sustainable living, and social and physical well-being. It also encompasses community food initiatives, community-supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, consumer education of communities, farmers markets, and agri-tourism.

    You will be responsible for a program that provides education to individuals and families to adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. In addition, you will program in financial literacy for families and individuals. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS St. Johns County Extension Office (Agricultural Center) in St. Augustine.

    What you will do:

    • Support Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) county faculty in the Central Extension District as a leader and mentor in your area of expertise to ensure the quality of county and district FCS programs.
    • Grow professional development opportunities for county faculty.
    • Lead compliance efforts with federal, state, county, and UF regulations in collaboration with County Extension Directors and county faculty.
    • Provide assistance for relevant curriculum development with state specialists and participate in relevant proposals/projects at the state level.
    • Design, implement, evaluate, and report on community-based educational programs focusing on human nutrition, wellness, and food systems. These programs should provide public education to youth and adults to empower individuals and families to build healthy lives and achieve social and economic success.
    • Collaborate with faculty colleagues and community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, and communities in developing urban/rural and community economic opportunities to enhance local and regional food systems.
    • Extend educational training through volunteer systems.
    • Establish an advisory committee of citizens and professionals to analyze the county situation, identify priority issues, and assist with program design to reach target clientele.
    • Assist in community food initiatives, community supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, farmers markets, and agri-tourism opportunities.
    • Become a certified and active ServSafe instructor.
    • Serve as a contributing team member in the Datil Pepper Fall Festival.
    • Devote at least 5% of your effort to 4-H Youth Development in your areas of expertise.
    • Use traditional and innovative (e.g., web-based) educational methods to teach target audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills that will result in positive behavior or practice change with time.
    • Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs.
    • Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension Director and the District Extension Director.

    What you will bring (required):

    • An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university in family and consumer sciences, human nutrition, education and leadership, or a closely-related field.
    • At least 10 years of professional experience in family and consumer sciences extension.
    • A reputation as a leader in your field.
    • Strong oral and written interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
    • A commitment to customer service and inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as well as travel with a county or university-assigned vehicle, or a personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided).
    • Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between St. Johns County Government and the University of Florida, for the county portion of this position.

Southwest District



Collier County - Naples, FL - Extension Agent I - III - Commercial Horticulture (71237)

Closing date: Mar 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Naples, FL

    Open Date

    Mar 5, 2021

    Deadline

    Mar 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    Description

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

    If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

    The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

    Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities.

    As an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS and Collier County in leading commercial horticulture education programs. You will work with local managers of landscape maintenance companies, nurseries, golf course superintendents, and homeowner associations to develop educational programs that address needs of the commercial horticulture industry.  You will be expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clientele, community leaders, industry groups, UF faculty colleagues, related agencies, and the public. We are seeking applicants who can contribute to a multicultural environment through scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

    Your role as the Commercial Horticulture Agent provides the opportunity to make a positive impact to shape future generations in the Collier County community. You will be located at the County Extension Office in Naples.

    What you will do:

    • Plan, implement, teach, and evaluate extension BMP (Best Management Practices) education programs and training for Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) pesticide licensing; fertilizing, pruning, and plant selection to sustain the local dynamic landscape maintenance industries; and county water conservation efforts.
    • Assemble a strong and effective local advisory committee composed of a diverse group of citizens and professionals.
    • Use your advisory committee to help establish program priorities to reach expanding, existing, and new audiences.
    • Work with the Collier Extension Office’s Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Volunteers to develop and promote Florida-Friendly Landscaping.
    • Help develop and maintain demonstration gardens, including the fruit tree grove at the Collier County Extension Southwest Florida Horticulture Learning Center, and conduct programs and activities there.
    • Collaborate with faculty colleagues on interdisciplinary projects.
    • Seek appropriate grants and other revenue to grow your program.
    • Develop creative works (presentations, posters, website development, evaluation, social media, etc.).
    • Write non-technical/people-friendly publications.
    • Participate in professional societies.
    • Contribute to the 4-H Youth Development program in your area of expertise.
    • Collaborate, share, and consult with the County Extension Director (CED) and District Extension Director (DED) for guidance and to accept assigned responsibilities including annual report of accomplishment (ROA) and plan of work (POW), performance appraisals, impact reporting, and specific county emergency management duties.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in horticulture or a related field with emphasis in landscape plant maintenance, entomology, pomology, and ornamental plant pathology. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May, 2021. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to advance in your career by making at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
    • A commitment to positive and proactive customer service, shown by timely and efficient response to clients.
    • Strong oral and written interpersonal, communication, leadership, and organizational skills.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
    • Good record-keeping techniques.
    • On point technology and social media skills.
    • Ability to function both in a team and independently.
    • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

Southeast District