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County Extension Faculty Positions 

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Northwest District


Jefferson County - Monticello, FL - County Extension Director and Extension Agent II - IV - 4H (529352)

Closing date: March 25, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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    Location

    Monticello, FL

    Open Date

    November 13, 2023

    Deadline

    March 25, 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 University of Florida (UF) 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 (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.

    We hire the best. Varied views and experience make us strong. We look for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion. Working for Florida 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 4-H Extension Agent and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension in the Northwest Extension District and Jefferson County in the Florida panhandle. We are looking for an individual that is a self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented leader. Your Extension programming will cover Volunteer and Youth development and leadership. The CED/4-H Extension role has focus areas of: 1) Volunteer development; 2) Youth development; and 3) Extension leadership.  

    As the CED/4-H Agent, you will lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total Jefferson County Extension program (four County Extension Faculty including yourself). 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 Jefferson County Extension Office in Monticello.

    What you will do:

    • Maintain, foster, and build effective working relationships with county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, other government agencies, the public, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff, and Extension administration.
    • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate county faculty with programs in agriculture and natural resources, livestock, and family and consumer sciences, and county support staff.
    • Manage the business side of the Extension Office including financial and compliance policies and procedures.
    • Maintain a total of 79 acres of diverse property that includes open pasture, pecan groves, wetlands, wooded areas, horse arena, and office site.
    • Collaborate closely with the county administrator to secure essential resources and support for UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County. 
    • Seek and obtain financial resources from the community to support your Extension programs and UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County.
    • Maintain a fleet of county vehicles.
    • Develop and follow a strategic plan focused on marketing Extension’s success.
    • Maintain an overall advisory committee that reflects county demographics and effectively advocates for Cooperative Extension within the community.
    • Plan, develop, teach, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive and varied volunteer and youth development educational program to meet the needs of the population in Jefferson County and the Northwest Extension District.
    • Use varied teaching methods to reach clientele including virtual and social media.
    • Use computer technology and social media for marketing, communication, teaching, and program management.
    • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs and expand potential educational programs.
    • Determine program responsibilities locally through needs assessments.
    • Maintain an effective 4-H program advisory committee and 4-H association with appropriate community representation.
    • Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
    • Work in the role of an Educational first responder for county and university functions during natural disasters.
    • Adhere to all University of Florida and Jefferson County government policies and procedures and provide leadership for management of all program components.
    • Occasionally assume other responsibilities to benefit the total county Extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director and County Administrator.

    What you will bring (required)

    • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, volunteer and youth development, agricultural education, Extension and communication, or a closely related field.
    • At least 5 years of professional Extension experience or equivalent.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A commitment to excellent customer service.
    • Ability to possess or be able to obtain a Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours, willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
    • Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship. 

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Leon County - Tallahassee, FL -  Extension Agent I - III - Family and Consumer Sciences (530171)

Closing date: March 15, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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    Location

    Tallahassee, FL

    Open Date

    February 2, 2024

    Deadline

    March 15, 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, diversity, 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

    As an FCS Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension in the Northwest Extension District and Leon County in the Florida Panhandle. You will be a full-time, permanent status accruing, faculty member of the University of Florida. We are looking for an energetic, team oriented, self-starter to lead educational programming in areas like human nutrition, health, wellness, financial management, community development, consumer education, and family development. Your Extension program will be based on the needs of Leon County clientele.

    You will help shape future generations, demonstrate excellent customer service, and respond to clientele needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension Leon County office in Tallahassee.

    What you will do:

    • Focus your research-based Extension education programs, activities, and events on healthy living and mental well-being.
    • Plan, develop, teach, and evaluate educational programs to promote fiscal well-being like budgeting, financial planning, debt management, and wealth-building strategies.
    • Plan, develop, teach, and evaluate educational programs to promote mental well-being, healthy relationships, effective communication, and conflict resolution.
    • Identify and engage clientele in need of Extension educational services and programs.
    • Use varied teaching methods to reach clientele including face-to-face, individual consultations, virtual platforms, and social media.
    • Use computer technology, social media, and print outlets for marketing, communication, teaching, and program management. 
    • Collaborate with peers in your county and district as well as professionals, government, and organizations in your county to create or enhance educational programs.
    • Build and sustain an advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals who will assist with program priorities and design.
    • Seek funding and in-kind resources to support your educational programs.
    • Assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and/or District Extension Director.

    Further Information

    UF/IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. UF/IFAS Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments with a mission of providing quality, relevant education, and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We employ 375 Extension Agents, and we have an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties. We attribute our success to a workforce that embraces the contributions of people of all backgrounds and ability levels. The Extension Agent will be a contributor to a community that provides space for innovation, creativity, collaboration, growth, and development for all.

    Leon County Extension is a grant county located in Tallahassee, the state capital with a population of more than 292,000 people in 116,530 households, with 40,701 youth between 5 and 18 years of age. In the Florida Panhandle, Tallahassee is also home to two major universities and a community college. Faculty members of Leon County Extension are expected to maintain a professional relationship and cooperate in programming with commodity groups, schools, governmental and community agencies, and organizations sharing common goals.

    Employment is contingent upon the results of a national background screening.

    In the event of an emergency, all employees considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties at the county or district level.

    Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license, be able to work flexible hours, and the willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel. Overnights with volunteers and youth and professional development travel is required.

    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. Are you a good match? Apply today!

     

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, education, health and wellness, financial management, or a related field.
    • Self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented mind-set.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
    • Good organizational, development, and management skills.
    • A desire to establish solid partnerships and reach people who would benefit from Extension services.
    • Computer and digital media proficiency.
    • A valid Florida Driver’s license or the ability to obtain one.
    • Candidates must have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.

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Northeast District


Central District


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

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

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  • Details

    Location

    Tavares, FL

    Open Date

    February 19, 2024

    Deadline

    March 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 .

    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 of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.

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

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

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  • Details

    Location

    East Palatka, FL

    Open Date

    February 19, 2024

    Deadline

    March 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 of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.

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Southwest District


Southeast District


Brevard County - Cocoa, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Family Consumer Science (529130)

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

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  • Details

    Location

    Cocoa, FL

    Open Date

    October 25, 2023

    Deadline

    March 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, diversity, 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 Brevard County. The successful candidate will lead through designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based education programs emphasizing family and individual financial management and promoting entrepreneurial development (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 diverse 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 financial management, quality of life, and community stability to lead an educational program that empowers people to adopt healthy financial behavior, prevent financial stress, and achieve long-term social and economic success. This role provides the opportunity to positively impact the Brevard County community in helping to shape future generations. 

    The candidate will be able to:

    • Market education programs to reach diverse populations.
    • Employ programmatic strategies to ensure the success of diverse populations. 
    • Build a diverse 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 the local economic condition. 
    • Promote positive financial practices for limited-resource families by building a volunteer system. 
    • Lead, supervise, mentor, and evaluate a program assistant.
    • 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 Brevard County.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, business, financial management, 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 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. 
    • 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 of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship. 

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Highlands County - Sebring, FL -  Extension Agent I or II - Agriculture and Natural Resources (530477)

Closing date: March 22, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Sebring, FL

    Open Date

    February 23, 2024

    Deadline

    March 22, 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 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 Opportunity

    This full‐time permanent status accruing Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Highlands County. The successful candidate will lead through designing, implementing, and evaluating production agriculture and natural resource education programs to assist producers more effectively interpret and use current science and technology (95% of the candidate's time). In this role, a particular emphasis is on commercial citrus and other potential crops. At least 5% of the candidate's time will be devoted to 4‐H Youth Development. Your 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.

    The candidate will be able to:

    • Provide on-site technical assistance and teaching to facilitate the implementation of Best Management Practices in fruit (inclusive of citrus) and nursery production.
    • Build an effective and varied advisory committee to assist with the extension program design, direction, and operation.
    • Collaborate with local growers and UF/IFAS Research Center faculty to help design, conduct, and evaluate studies (including demonstration trials) that assess plant variety performance, response to fertilizer and other crop nutrient inputs, and improved methods of weed/pest management on sandy ridge regions in Highlands County.
    • Respond to clientele training needs regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and related Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) for growers, harvesters, and packinghouse personnel.
    • 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 visit consultations, and deliberately focused virtual platforms such as webinars, videos, and social media.
    • Obtain financial resources to support programs and manage all components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability).
    • Develop community partnerships.
    • Produce creative, scholarly works and audience‐friendly publications.

    Further information:

    UF/IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. UF/IFAS Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide quality, relevant education, and research‐based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We employ 375 Extension Agents and have offices in each of Florida’s 67 counties. We attribute our success to a workforce that embraces the contributions of people of all backgrounds and ability levels. The Extension Agent will contribute to a community that provides space for innovation, creativity, collaboration, growth, and development for all.

    Highlands County, with a population of 110,000, is located in south-central Florida (part of Florida Heartland), adjacent to seven other counties. The office is located in Sebring. Highlands County Extension is part of the Southeast Extension District made up of twelve counties and the Seminole Tribe.

    Employment is contingent on the results of a background screening.

    In the event of an emergency, all employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties at the county or district level.

    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. Are you a good match? Apply today!

     

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, plant science, horticulture, 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 May 2024.
    • Technical expertise in horticulture.
    • Self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and work in teams.
    • A commitment to positive and proactive customer service.
    • Expertise in managing competing priorities and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
    • Candidates must have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship. 
    • Work as part of a team with local producers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote agriculture.

    Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license, be able to work flexible hours and have the willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

    Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a pesticide license within 3 months of hire.

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Highlands County - Sebring, FL -  Extension Agent I or II - Agriculture (Livestock) (530406)

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

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  • Details

    Location

    Sebring, FL

    Open Date

    February 19, 2024

    Deadline

    March 18, 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 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 Opportunity

    This full‐time permanent status accruing Agriculture/Livestock Extension Agent will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Highlands County. The successful candidate will lead through designing, implementing, and evaluating livestock education programs to assist producers more effectively interpret and use current science and technology. In this role, programs include cattle, small ruminants, poultry, and equine (about 60% of the agent’s time). About 35% of your time will be devoted to pasture, forage, and small farm management programs. At least 5% of the candidate's time will be devoted to 4‐H Youth Development. Your 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.

    The candidate will be able to:

    • Provide on-site technical assistance and teaching to facilitate the implementation of Best Management Practices in livestock and forage production.
    • Build an effective and varied advisory committee to assist with the extension program design, direction, and operation.
    • Collaborate with local growers, UF/IFAS Research Center faculty, and the South Florida Beef Forage Group to help design, conduct, and evaluate studies (including demonstration trials) that assess forage performance, response to fertilizer and other crop nutrient inputs, and improved methods of weed and pest management in Highlands County.
    • 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 visit consultations, and deliberately focused virtual platforms such as webinars, videos, and social media.
    • Obtain financial resources to support programs and manage all components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability).
    • Develop community partnerships.
    • Produce creative, scholarly works and audience‐friendly publications.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in animal science 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 May 2024.
    • Technical expertise in animal science.
    • Self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and work in teams.
    • 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 of excellence, discovery and innovation, inclusion, freedom and civility, community, and stewardship.
    • Work as part of a team with local producers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote agriculture.

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Indian River County - Vero Beach, FL -  Extension Agent I or II - 4-H Youth Development (530221)

Closing date: March 5, 2024 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Vero Beach, FL

    Open Date

    February 6, 2024

    Deadline

    March 5, 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, diversity, 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 Indian River County. The successful candidate will lead through

    designing. implementing, evaluating, promoting, and reporting on positive youth development  programs for youth and adults 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 be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Indian River 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 willing to adapt 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 visit, 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 Extension Director and District Extension Director. 

    Further Information

    The population of Indian River County is estimated at more than 160,000 new, permanent, and temporary residents. The County is bounded by Brevard County on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, St. Lucie County on the south, and Osceola and Okeechobee Counties on the west. Indian River residents enjoy the sub-tropical climate and ocean access. Indian River County Extension is part of the Southeast Extension District comprising twelve counties and the Seminole Tribe. 

    FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: 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 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 May 2024.
    • Self-starting, proactive, and team-oriented with strong interpersonal, communication, organization, customer service, and leadership skills.
    • Adaptability and the ability to manage competing priorities is 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 have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship. 

    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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