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UF/IFAS Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

County Extension Faculty Positions 

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Northwest District


Northeast District


Central District


Orange County - Orlando, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Urban Horticulture (77403)

Closing date: Nov 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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    Location

    Orlando, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 14, 2021

    Deadline

    Nov 9, 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. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (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 look for people with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. 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 an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Orange County, a growing area in central Florida. We are looking for an individual who is self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented with skills in teaching diverse audiences and volunteer management. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Office in Orlando.

     

    You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to teach urban audiences about the most effective strategies to adopt Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles, Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs), integrated pest management principles including proper use of water and fertilizer, sustainable resource conservation and other diverse residential horticulture issues, and sustainable landscapes including a garden-to-table approach.

     

    What you will do:

    • Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs that will lead to improved horticultural practices.
    • Develop an advisory committee to assist with the identification of client needs and priority issues, analysis of county situations, and development of programs.
    • Teach and evaluate high-quality educational programs that focus on horticultural best management practices and integrated pest management including insect, disease, and weed management.
    • Provide responsive, high-quality customer service for citizens seeking help identifying plant, weed, and insect samples as well as offering basic disease and plant sample troubleshooting and diagnosis. 
    • Write relevant articles, fact sheets and social media posts, develop multi-media presentations, and create educational displays and exhibits.
    • Serve in an advisory/technical expert capacity to help support current gardens and facilitate the development of new school and community gardens.
    • Become a certified and active instructor in GI-BMPs courses.
    • Develop and deliver age-appropriate subject matter education in support of 4-H Youth Development.
    • Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support your Extension programs.
    • Work with UF/IFAS and Orange County teams to address emerging issues and produce collective impact in the community.
    • Carry out other duties as assigned by the County Extension Director and the District Extension Director.

    Minimum requirements:

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant sciences, plant pathology, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August 2021. 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.

    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • A working knowledge of horticultural sciences including plant and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management practices, and integrated pest management.
    • Ability to obtain a pesticide license within 6 months of hire.
    • 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.
    • Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between Orange County Government and the University of Florida.

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Southwest District


Hardee County - Wauchula, FL - Extension Agent I - III - 4-H Youth Development (84226)

Closing date: Oct 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Wauchula, FL

    Open Date

    October 7, 2021

    Deadline

    Oct 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    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 improve health, environment, and the economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities. We actively seek applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

     

    As an Extension county faculty member, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS and Hardee County to lead a county-wide 4-H Youth Development Program. You will work effectively with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse audiences. You will build and maintain effective working relationships with 4-H adult volunteers, the Hardee County 4-H Association (advisory committee), community-based and grassroots organizations, and peers in the IFAS Extension organization.

     

    The successful candidate will also provide strong leadership in the development of the adult volunteer system and in the development of youth-focused life skills educational content that is engaging and relevant to the audience. You will be part of a team that works together in support of initiatives designed to promote and support agriculture, as well as create awareness of the industry’s economic impact on the local economy. You will supervise and collaborate with a 4-H program assistant to execute youth programming in partnership with the County Extension Director. Currently, Hardee County 4-H has about 230 club members, ages 5-18, participating in community clubs and special interest clubs. These clubs are supported by almost 40 adult volunteer leaders.

     

    You will also work with agencies and organizations to assist or lead cooperative and interdisciplinary projects, both in the county and through multi-county efforts; provide service to schools outside of 4-H programming; develop creative works in support of programming, including presentations, professional posters, and web-based education; write scholarly publications related to the field of expertise; and participate in professional associations and service activities for the University of Florida. You will document efforts through an annual plan of work (POW) and report of accomplishment (ROA). You will be expected to attain permanent status and promotion per UF/IFAS guidelines

     

    What you will do:

    • Plan, develop, teach, evaluate, and report on youth educational programs that meet the needs of the county’s diverse population in coordination with the Hardee County 4-H Association and in alignment with the strategic direction of the Florida 4-H Youth Development program.
    • Deliver youth development programming through 4-H community clubs, special interest clubs, school enrichment, day camps, after school programs, and other events and activities, emphasizing workforce development.
    • Develop program delivery strategies that include the use of deliberately focused virtual platforms. Up to 25% virtual programming as appropriate within county connectivity resources.
    • Encourage and support health equity programming and systems for youth as resources are available.
    • Coordinate youth and volunteer involvement in multi-county, state, regional, and national 4-H program and events.
    • Build and lead a strong volunteer base through recruitment, screening, training, and managing adult volunteers, including competency building using state and national 4-H research-based methods.
    • Teach and equip volunteers in educational methods to guide and support 4-H member projects in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including animal sciences, environmental education, robotics, and agriculture, as well as the arts, entrepreneurship, career development, leadership, and citizenship.
    • Assess and identify opportunities for volunteers to serve in management and leadership roles, then recruit, train, and utilize volunteers in those roles.
    • Ensure the volunteer screening process is implemented and up to date, and oversee all aspects of 4-H program risk management as directed by Florida 4-H Headquarters and local county policies
    • Collaborate and develop strategic partnerships with county and municipal departments, local businesses, and social service agencies to provide diverse and innovative educational opportunities for positive youth development. 
    • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness to strengthen current educational programs while reviewing and implementing new policies, maintaining enrollments and records, assessing risks, communicating effectively across social media platforms, managing the program’s financial resources, and creating educational materials.
    • Seek and manage financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure all financial policies are followed as instructed by UF/IFAS Extension guidelines.
    • Follow all Extension policies and best practices regarding affirmative action, program development, program evaluation, and reporting.
    • Develop and implement a communication plan for 4-H program participants, families, volunteers, and stakeholders using effective and contemporary approaches, including current social media
    • Write content for various media sources (e.g., newspapers, radio, newsletters, web, social media) to promote programs, report on programs, and educate the public.
    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development/sociology, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by December 2021.
    • 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; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and overnight travel.

     

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Southeast District


Palm Beach County - West Palm Beach, FL - Extension Agent I - III - Commercial Horticulture (Nursery Production)(78010)

Closing date: October 22 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    West Palm Beach, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 22, 2021

    Deadline

    Oct 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 look for people with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion and diversity. 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 an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Palm Beach County. You will design, implement, and evaluate commercial ornamental horticulture and pest management educational programs designed to assist clientele in nursery production and business management (about 50% of your time) and structural and landscape pest control operations (about 45% of your time). Your comprehensive commercial ornamental horticulture program will be guided by an advisory committee that represents the needs of the county’s diverse population. You will devote 5% of your time contributing to 4-H Youth Development.

     

    What you will do:

    • Provide on-site technical assistance and teaching to facilitate the implementation of Best Management Practices in nursery production and landscape management.
    • Establish and maintain an effective and diverse advisory committee to assist with program development and implementation.
    • Collaborate with local nursery growers, pest control operators, and UF/IFAS Research and Education Center faculty to help design, conduct, and evaluate studies (including demonstration trials) that assess pest and disease management strategies and other landscaping best management practices.
    • Market the extension program through multi-media platforms.
    • Target programs to reflect the area’s population diversity and unique educational needs using a variety of program delivery methods.
    • Develop community partnerships.
    • Work as part of a team with local producers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote the nursery and pest control industries.
    • Strategize extension educational events that also offer continuing education units (CEUs) relevant to target clientele licenses.

    • Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability.
    • Produce audience-friendly creative works and publications.
    • Actively participate in professional societies (committees, leadership roles).
    • Write an annual plan of work (POW) and report of accomplishment (ROA).
    • Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director (DED) and County Extension Director (CED).

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in plant science, environmental horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by December 2021. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, you will be expected to advance your career by making at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new diverse audiences and volunteers.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • 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.

     

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