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County Extension Faculty Positions 

For information on how to apply to a County Extension Faculty position, please visit this page.

Northwest District


Northeast District


Columbia County - Lake City, FL - Extension Agent I - IV - Agriculture - Row Crops and Commercial Horticulture (531798)

Closing date: June 14, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Lake City, FL

    Open Date

    May 31, 2024

    Deadline

    June 14, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. 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 Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides 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. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

    University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Columbia County seek to fill a permanent-status accruing, full-time Agriculture (Row crops and other cropping systems) Extension Agent position with a self-starting, energetic, team-oriented individual. As the Agent, you will plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs in the areas of crop systems (90%). You will be expected to maintain an effective program advisory committee with appropriate community representation. You will also develop and sustain effective working relationships with producers, commodity groups, community agencies, county government, media, youth, and residents. You will use computer technology for communications, teaching, and program management. Program responsibilities will include commercial agronomic crops and crop systems, water quality, and other areas to be determined locally in cooperation with the program advisory committee. Columbia county is home to many natural resources, and you will be expected to promote best management practices to assist producers with water quality and quantities.  An active participation in our 4-H Youth Development program is expected (10%) in your area of expertise.

    If selected, you must design and evaluate a variety of delivery methods to meet program objectives. We expect you to seek and obtain financial and in-kind resources to support your extension programs. You will adhere to all University of Florida and county government policies and procedures and will provide leadership for management of all program components.  As needed, you will assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director.

    Further information:

    Columbia County is a rural north Florida county with a population of approximately 70,000. Agriculture is one of the major employers in the county. The Extension Office is located in Lake City, the county seat. Columbia County is becoming home to several new residential developments and small farm ranchettes as new residents relocate from south Florida and other parts of the USA. Historically, Columbia County farmers have grown corn, cotton, peanuts, and soybeans.  More recently, farmers are trialing new crop systems including artichokes, Brussel sprouts, and new alternative fruits.

     

    What you will bring (required)

    A bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited college and/or university in agriculture, agronomy, crop science, or a closely related field is required. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree (Agent I), we want you to continue to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment. To be hired at the Agent II-IV ranks, you must hold an MS degree and rank will be determined according to UF rank requirements.

    You must have ability to design, teach, and conduct community-based educational programs and manage volunteers. Employment is contingent upon the results of a national background screening plus a county drug test and physical exam. The position will occasionally require irregular work hours and weekend activities. You must be able to possess (or obtain) and maintain a Florida driver’s license and a pesticide applicator’s license. Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values

     

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Central District


Hernando County - Brooksville, FL -  County Extension Director and Extension Agent III - IV (531713)

Internal search - open to current permanent UF faculty only
Closing date: June 14, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Brooksville, FL

    Open Date

    May 24, 2024

    Deadline

    June 14, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    *internal search - open to current permanent UF faculty only*

    You Belong at a University that’s Leading the Way

    The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, is a land grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach.

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. 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.

    We hire the best. Varied views and experiences make us strong. We look for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world.  Working for Florida Extension will allow you to positively impact your community as you help shape future generations, growing your career while earning a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

    As the Extension Agent and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Hernando County. We are looking for an individual who is a self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented leader. The assigned program area will be determined based on the successful candidate's expertise. For a non-4-H program assignment, at least 5% of the time will be devoted to 4-H Youth Development.

    As the CED, you will lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total Hernando County Extension program (four County Extension Faculty including yourself and three support staff members). You will demonstrate excellent customer service, and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located at the Hernando County Extension Office in Brooksville.

    What you will do:

    • Build and maintain effective relationships with various stakeholders, including county government, community leaders, private sector clients, media, and UF/IFAS faculty and staff.
    • Facilitate and oversee the professional development of faculty and staff within the Hernando County Extension Office.
    • Manage the business side of the Extension Office, including financial and compliance issues.
    • Organize and conduct regular faculty development workshops, training sessions, and seminars to enhance the skills and knowledge of Extension personnel.
    • Foster a culture of teamwork, continuous improvement, innovation, and learning within the office.
    • Be available to serve as needed (call centers, shelters, animal services shelters, etc.) during emergencies in support of the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center.
    • Develop and execute a strategic plan to promote Extension's success.
    • Support staff in setting short-term and long-term goals for their roles and professional development.
    • Encourage open communication and feedback during check-in meetings to address concerns and make necessary adjustments.
    • Maintain an advisory committee with appropriate community representation and advocating for Extension in the community.
    • Plan, teach, and evaluate extension programs tailored to Hernando County's varied population as determined by the District Extension Director.
    • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to enhance existing educational programs and create new ones to meet the needs of community members.
    • Assess program responsibilities locally based on community needs.
    • Utilize computer technology and social media for communication, teaching, and program management.
    • Secure financial resources to support Extension programs and the Hernando County office.
    • Adhere to University of Florida and Hernando County government policies and procedures.
    • Develop an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
    • Collaborate with UF/IFAS Extension administration to ensure compliance with annual review procedures and reporting.
    • Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the District Extension Director.

     

    What you will bring (required)

    *internal search - open to current permanent UF faculty only*

    • A master's degree in horticulture, natural resources, youth development, agriculture education and communication, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is required.
    • At least eight years of professional Extension experience or equivalent.
    • Achievement or eligibility of appointment at Extension Agent Rank III or higher and successful experience in the academic promotion process.
    • Strong leadership abilities coupled with adept problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours, including occasional long and irregular hours, evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
    • Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values

     

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Lake County - Tavares, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Residential Horticulture (530400)

Closing date: June 19, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Tavares, FL

    Open Date

    February 19, 2024

    Deadline

    June 19, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. 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 .

    You Belong at a University that’s Leading the Way

    The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides 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, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities.

    The Opportunity

    University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Lake County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing Residential Horticulture Extension Agent position. Lake County, a growing area in central Florida, wishes to hire an individual with skills in residential landscapes and volunteer management.

    As the Agent, you will build an extension program that provides public education on issues related to residential horticulture, food systems, and water conservation in Lake County. You will oversee the Master Gardener Volunteer program including the daily operation of all Master Gardener Volunteer events, projects, and committees. You will conduct  or coordinate on-going training for existing Master Gardener Volunteers plus an annual introductory training session for new recruits.

    You will collaborate with faculty in other program areas in carrying out programs in agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and 4-H Youth Development. You will help promote local food systems and water conservation education in support of the County Extension Program. You will also oversee the management of the Discovery Gardens teaching garden, supervise the garden’s landscape technician, and coordinate Master Gardener volunteer activities within the gardens for educational purposes.

    You will follow all University of Florida and Lake County policies and procedures and will perform other duties as assigned by the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Director and Central District Extension Director.

    What you are responsible for:

    • Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating your extension programs.
    • Responding to clients in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Managing the UF/IFAS Lake County Master Gardener social media accounts.
    • Developing and maintaining an active residential horticulture advisory committee that will provide input for the direction of the program.
    • Working with other agents as part of a team and collaborating on projects such as grants and events.
    • Writing articles, developing multi-media presentations, composing county fact sheets, and creating posters and exhibits.
    • Obtaining extramural funding for program delivery and enhancement.
    • Developing or assisting with 4-H Youth Development activities.
    • Participating in appropriate professional organizations.
    • Becoming a certified and active instructor in Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs).
    • Attaining promotion and permanent status per state extension faculty guidelines.

    Further information:

    The agent’s home location is the Lake County Extension Office located in Tavares, FL.

    Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

    Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date.

    What you will bring (required)

    • A bachelor’s degree in horticulture, environmental horticulture, or a closely related area. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree is earned by May 2024. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to grow in your career. Therefore, you will be expected to progress at least halfway towards obtaining a master's degree within 6 years of employment.
    • You must possess or be able to obtain a valid Florida driver’s license
    • You must be flexible with your time and willing to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel
    • You are required to comply with the policies in the Memorandum of Understanding between Lake County Government and the University of Florida.
    • Candidates must have a commitment to UF core values

     

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Putnam County - East Palatka, FL - Extension Agent I – Rural Community Health (530398)

Closing date: June 11, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    East Palatka, FL

    Open Date

    February 19, 2024

    Deadline

    June 11, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. 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 Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides 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, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities.

    University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Putnam County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing Rural Community Health Extension Agent position. As the Agent, you will provide direction and leadership to develop, implement, evaluate, and report on a comprehensive health extension program. The focus areas will be human nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and improving individual and community health and well-being. You will empower individuals and families to adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. You will also deliver programs that improve individual and community health outcomes and help navigate pathways for access to appropriate health care for rural and underserved communities in Putnam County.

    What you will do:

    • Design, teach, evaluate, and report on community-based educational programs focused on human nutrition, healthy lifestyles and preventive care. 
    • Implement programs and provide services that reflect the varied needs of the community.
    • Manage volunteer systems and extend educational efforts through these systems.
    • Collaborate with local media outlets to promote and disseminate educational information.
    • Establish an advisory committee of citizens and professionals to analyze the County situation, identify priority issues, and assist with program design to reach priority populations.
    • Manage financial resources to support extension programs.
    • Manage program components including program policies, records, risk management, communication, and educational materials.
    • Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies.
    • Develop and sustain partnerships with community agencies and leaders, businesses, and the general public on nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
    • Prioritize programming efforts based on the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Community Health Assessment for Putnam County and collaborate with the local health department on relevant education and outreach programs.
    • Develop effective working relationships with the 4-H Youth Development program.
    • Following all University of Florida and Putnam County policies and procedures.

    As a University of Florida faculty member, you will work to acquire grants and in-kind support, lead interdisciplinary efforts, develop creative works (presentations, fact sheets, posters, webpage tools), engage in social media platforms for professional outreach, write non-technical educational materials for clientele, and pursue academic excellence in professional associations.  You will assume other responsibilities as assigned by the County Extension Director or District Extension Director.

    The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with community agencies, governmental entities, and individual community leaders in collaborations and partnerships. You must have the ability and desire to work effectively with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically varied audiences. You will create a report of accomplishment (ROA)/plan of work (POW) annually, and you will be expected to attain permanent status and promotion per UF/IFAS guidelines.

    What you will bring (required)

    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in family and consumer sciences, nutrition, dietetics, health & wellness, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree is earned by May 2024.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • Knowledge and experience in the use and application of information technology.
    • 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.
    • Candidates must have a commitment to UF core values

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Southwest District


Southeast District


Broward County - Davie, FL - Extension Agent I or II - 4-H Youth Development (531803)

Closing date: June 28, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Davie, FL

    Open Date

    May 31, 2024

    Deadline

    June 28, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    You Belong at a University that’s Leading the Way

    The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, is a land grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach.

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. 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 Opportunity

    This full‐time permanent status accruing 4‐H Youth Development Extension Agent will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Broward County. The successful candidate will lead through designing, implementing, and evaluating positive youth development programs for youth and adult volunteers.  The 4-H agent’s extension education program will be guided by an advisory committee that incorporates the various needs of the county’s population. We are looking for candidates with academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    This position will oversee all aspects of the Broward County 4-H Youth Development program. The agent must develop effective working relationships with adult volunteers, youth, families, and other community partners. Along with developing these working relationships, the extension agent will form and work closely with an advisory committee. The successful candidate will be innovative, creative, and adaptable to a dynamic work environment. The agent will be expected to work with other county extension faculty in the Southeast District, other 4-H agents, extension specialists, and University of Florida faculty across the state.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Develop, conduct, coordinate, evaluate, and report on educational programs for youth ages 5 to 18 and volunteers.
    • Develop, train, sustain, and recognize an effective volunteer base.
    • Develop a comprehensive volunteer management strategy to ensure program policies, enrollment, record keeping, risk management, and experiential learning procedures are updated and effective.
    • Establish and maintain an effective and varied advisory committee to assist with extension program design, direction, and operation.
    • Develop community partnerships and work as a team with local volunteers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote positive youth development.
    • Obtain financial resources to support programs and manage all fiscal components of the 4-H program (e.g., policies, accounting records, risk, communication, and accountability).
    • Target programs to reflect the area’s population and unique educational needs using a variety of program marketing and delivery methods, including in‐person, site visits, consultations, and deliberately focused virtual platforms such as webinars, videos, and social media.
    • Produce creative, scholarly works and audience‐friendly publications.
    • Actively participate in professional associations.
    • Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
    • Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the County and District Extension Directors.

    What you will bring (required)

    • A bachelor’s degree and a strong academic background in youth development, education, agricultural science, or a related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August 2024.
    • Self-starting, proactive, and team-oriented with strong interpersonal, communication, organization, customer service, and leadership skills.
    • Adaptability and managing competing priorities are essential to success in this position.
    • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
    • Ability to use information technology and apply social media to extension work.
    • A commitment to positive and proactive customer service.
    • Expertise in managing competing priorities and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
    • Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values

    This position requires regular evening and weekend work and occasional overnight travel. Applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License.  

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St. Lucie County - Fort Pierce, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Family Consumer Science (531249)

Closing date: June 18, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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    Location

    Fort Pierce, FL

    Open Date

    April 18, 2024

    Deadline

    June 18, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    You Belong at a University that’s Leading the Way

    The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, is a land grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. 

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

    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 Opportunity

    This full‐time permanent status accruing Extension Agent will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and St. Lucie County. The successful candidate will lead through designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based education programs emphasizing health and well-being and family and individual financial management (about 95% of your time). At least 5% of the candidate's time will be devoted to 4‐H Youth Development. The Family Consumer Science Agent's extension education program will be guided by an advisory committee that incorporates the needs of the county's population.

    We are looking for candidates with academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. The candidate will use an understanding of healthy lifestyles, financial management, and quality of life to lead an educational program that empowers people to adopt healthy behaviors, reduce financial stress, and achieve long-term social and economic success. This role provides the opportunity to positively impact the St. Lucie County community in helping to shape future generations. 

    The candidate will be able to:

    • Plan, develop, teach, and evaluate community-based education programs to promote health and well-being and family and individual financial management.
    • Market education programs to reach a variety of populations.
    • Employ programmatic strategies to ensure the success of various populations. 
    • Build an advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals that will assist with program priorities and design. 
    • Partner with colleagues, community leaders, agencies, and elected officials to create urban/rural community opportunities that enhance healthy behaviors and the local economic condition. 
    • Promote positive financial resource management practices for limited-resource families. 
    • Obtain financial resources to support programs and manage all components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability). 
    • Demonstrate resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, collaboration, leadership, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs while reviewing and implementing new policies, maintaining records, assessing risks, communicating and marketing effectively across multi-media platforms, managing financial resources, and creating educational materials and opportunities for St. Lucie County.

    What you will bring (required)

    • A bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, health, or a closely related discipline. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May 2024. 
    • Must show significant progress (30% of certification requirements) towards completing Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) certification within 3 years of employment. 
    • Ability to work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships.
    • Ability to work cooperatively as a leader and team member.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 
    • Ability to complete required documentation (reports/forms) in a timely manner.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
    • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness. 
    • High-level organizational development and management skills. 
    • Knowledge and experience in using and applying information technology and communications applications. 
    • Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values.

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