Skip to main content

UF/IFAS Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

UF/IFAS Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

County Extension Faculty Positions 

For information about applying with Interfolio, click here.

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

Northwest District


Holmes County - Bonifay, FL - Extension Agent I - III – 4-H Youth Development (77396)

Closing date: Aug 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    Bonifay, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 14, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 4, 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 are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. As an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Holmes County to design, implement, evaluate, and report on positive 4-H Youth Development programs emphasizing volunteer management. You will also lead a program targeting 4-H youth participation with an emphasis on workforce preparedness and youth development. Your comprehensive extension education program will be guided by an advisory committee that incorporates the needs of the county’s diverse population. You will demonstrate excellent customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner.

     

    What you will do:

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate your 4-H Youth Development program in cooperation with local citizens and county/state extension colleagues.
    • Design, implement, and evaluate community-based educational programs stemming from a needs assessment with input from the county 4-H Association and community members.
    • Develop, sustain, and monitor the effectiveness of a volunteer system to staff the
      4-H program including recruitment, volunteer staff development, evaluation, and recognition.
    • Ensure compliance with Florida 4-H youth protection policies, including screening and training 4-H volunteers.
    • Maintain an effective county 4-H Association.
    • Target programs to achieve program balance reflective of the county’s population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of county residents.
    • Secure and manage private financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure compliance with UF/IFAS Extension financial policies.
    • Manage program policies, enrollments, records, risk, communications, and educational materials.
    • Establish and maintain an effective system for program accountability.
    • Possess or develop an area of expertise to share across county lines.

    • Apply experiential education and community development methods. 
    • Work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships. 
    • Develop and maintain good media relations. 
    • Work cooperatively with youth and adults as a leader and team member. 
    • Work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Develop and maintain a social media and web presence including virtual program delivery along with in-person program delivery.
    • Proactively work with your supervisor to manage work-life balance. 
    • Follow all university and county policies and procedures.
    • Assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director.

    Minimum requirements:

    • A bachelor’s degree in from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development/sociology or a 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 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.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Knowledge and experience with computer technology.
    • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
    • Good organizational development and management skills.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

     

    Read More

Northeast District


Central District


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

Closing date: Aug 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    Orlando, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 14, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 3, 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.

    Read More

Osceola County - Kissimmee, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Commercial Horticulture and Food Systems (77407)

Closing date: Aug 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    Kissimmee, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 14, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 4, 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 .

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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 Osceola County, a vibrant and growing county in central Florida. We are looking for an individual with skills in ornamental, turf, and citrus production. You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to local agricultural producers and associated business to promote landscape and ornamental production as well as the industries involved in landscapes. Your clientele is involved with citrus, nursery crops, and commercial turf production emphasizing Integrated Crop Management (ICM) practices and precision agriculture. Your primary office will be located at the Osceola County Extension Office in Kissimmee, FL.

     

    What you will do:

    • Develop an advisory committee to assist with program design, identification of client needs and priority issues, analysis of county situations, and development of program budgets.
    • Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs that will lead to improved agricultural practices.
    • Teach and evaluate high-quality educational programs that focus on agricultural best management practices and integrated pest management including insect, disease, and weed management.
    • Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, citizens, and industry in developing urban/rural economic opportunities.
    • Develop strategies and programs to meet the underserved and underrepresented populations in the areas of commercial horticulture and food systems.
    • Collaborate with Master Gardener/Florida Friendly Landscaping, 4-H Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Science programs and volunteers on educational efforts that will facilitate positive management practices with significant and locally relevant impact.
    • Teach latest integrated crop and pest management options including new biorational products.
    • Improve pesticide applicator knowledge of pesticide use and environmental impact and provide license training, testing, and continuing education units for pesticide license renewal.
    • Closely monitor agricultural crop market conditions at both the national and regional level to identify a product mix that fills market gaps and provides the greatest return possible for producers.
    • Use traditional and innovative (e.g., web-based) educational methods to teach target audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills that will result in positive behavioral or practice change with time.
    • Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs.
    • Work with UF/IFAS and Osceola County teams to identify needs, issues, and opportunities.
    • Develop and deliver age-appropriate subject matter education in support of 4-H Youth Development.
    • Follow all county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding Affirmative Action, program development, and parity.
    • Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension Directors and the District Extension Director.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, plant sciences, 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 science including plant and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management practices, soils, irrigation, fertilizers, 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.
    • A strong commitment to customer service and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between Osceola County Government and the University of Florida.

    Read More

Seminole County - Sanford, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Family and Consumer Sciences (72143)

Closing date: Aug 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    Sanford, FL

    Open Date

    Mar 25, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 3, 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. Celebrating diversity and embracing inclusion makes 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, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). 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 Seminole County, a growing area in central Florida. We are looking for an individual with teaching skills in human nutrition, health, and wellness. You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to individuals and families to adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. In addition, you will conduct programs in financial literacy. Your office will be located at the Seminole County Extension Office in Sanford.

     

    What you will do:

    • Design, implement, evaluate, and report on community-based educational programs focusing on human nutrition and wellness.
    • Extend educational training through volunteer systems.
    • Establish an advisory committee of citizens and professionals to analyze the county situation, identify priority issues, and assist with program design to reach target clientele.
    • Work with UF/IFAS and Seminole County teams to identify needs, issues, and opportunities.
    • Develop and sustain partnerships with faculty colleagues, community agencies, leaders, businesses, media, and the public.
    • Secure and manage external and internal financial resources to support FCS 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 effective working relationships with the 4-H Youth Development program plus other nutrition and wellness programs in Seminole County.
    • Use traditional and innovative (e.g., web-based) educational methods to teach target audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills that will result in positive behavior or practice change.
    • Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs for your program or as part of team effort.
    • Contribute about 5% of your time towards Seminole County 4-H Youth Development in your area of expertise.
    • Follow all Univ. of Florida and Seminole County policies and procedures.
    • Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension Director and the District Extension Director.

    Minimum requirements:

    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in in family and consumer sciences, nutrition, dietetics, health and wellness, 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 advance in your career by making at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
    • A working knowledge of healthy eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • A commitment to the IDEA guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between Seminole County Government and the Univ. of Florida.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as well as travel with a county vehicle or a personal vehicle.

    Read More

Southwest District


Southeast District


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

Closing date: Aug 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    West Palm Beach, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 22, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 20, 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 August 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.

     

    Read More

Palm Beach County - West Palm Beach, FL - Extension Agent I - III Family and Consumer Sciences (77651)

Closing date: Aug 6, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    West Palm Beach, FL

    Open Date

    Jul 16, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 6, 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 are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. As an FCS Extension Agent you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Palm Beach County. As an extension educator, you will lead by designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs that target quality food systems, human health, and nutrition-related wellness outreach. “Food systems” in the context of this position includes access to local, safe, and healthy foods, resource management, sustainable living, and social, mental and physical well-being.

     

    Your educational programs will assist clientele in implementing research-based best practices to improve food systems and manage or prevent chronic disease and food-borne illness. Your overall program direction will be guided by an advisory committee that incorporates the needs of the county’s diverse population. You will demonstrate excellent customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. You will devote about 5% of your time contributing to 4-H Youth Development program. Your office will be located at the Palm Beach County Extension Office in West Palm Beach.

     

    What you will do:

    • Develop, conduct, coordinate, evaluate, and report on food systems, health and nutrition wellness programs for county residents of all ages.
    • Teach ServSafe® and SafeStaff® to professional food workers, food handlers, professional food service managers, and other relevant agencies.
    • Recognize , develop, and implement systems to address the barriers, differences, and challenges that inhibit agriculture, food, nutrition, and healthcare systems from effectively improving health outcomes.
    • Work on mapping the current and future food supply in relation to human nutrition and health within the program area.
    • Promote collaboration between local governments, schools, and community-based organizations to work on issues at the intersection of agriculture, food, nutrition and health.
    • Work as part of a team with local producers, organization, agencies and UF/IFAS colleagues to improve food systems and to promote healthy living and nutrition wellness.
    • Collaborate with the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Program to establish preferred Policies, Systems, and Environmental (PSEs) improvements within local communities of need.
    • Foster an inclusive environment and build effective relationships with stakeholders, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, government agencies, county residents, and UF/IFAS faculty and staff.
    • Market the extension program through multi-media platforms.
    • Target programs to reflect the county’s population diversity and unique educational needs using a variety of program delivery methods.
    • Establish and maintain an effective advisory committee to assist with program development and implementation.
    • Develop community partnerships.
    • Work as part of a team with local volunteers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote positive youth development.
    • Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability.
    • Produce creative works and publications.
    • 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.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, nutrition science, food or health science, nutrition dietetics, or a related field from an accredited college or university. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August, 2021. If hired with a bachelor’s degree, we expect 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.
    • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
    • A commitment to customer service.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and overnight travel.

     

    Read More

Seminole Tribe, Brighton Reservation FL, Program Extension Agent I - III - Agriculture/4-H Youth Development (69135)

Closing date: August 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Apply on Interfolio

  • Details

    Location

    Brighton Reservation, FL

    Open Date

    Jan 22, 2021

    Deadline

    Aug 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    Description

    Please note: The Program Extension Agent track is non-permanent status accruing in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (FCES).

    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 are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. The over-arching goal of this extension program is to provide a conduit through which useful information, otherwise unavailable, is delivered to the Seminole Tribe resulting in greater skill capacity and increased knowledge and adoption of best practices. There are two project areas: Agriculture (primary) and 4-H Youth Development (secondary).

    The successful candidate will implement Florida’s Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP). Primary program areas include “Increasing Knowledge of Optimal Production Strategies for Agricultural Operations” (about 60% of your time) and “Empowering Youth with Beneficial Skills in the Seminole Tribe of Florida” (about 40% of your time). As an extension educator, you will lead through the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs designed to assist diverse clientele.

    What you will do as the Agriculture Extension Agent:

    • Provide cattle operations assistance for the Tribal Board and Council Operations, Seminole Tribe of Florida Natural Resources Department to improve forage quality, volume, and weed control, enhance cattle body condition scores, and increase stocking rates and conception.
    • Develop, conduct, coordinate, evaluate, and report on agricultural clientele educational programs.
    • Teach best management practices to protect water resources.

    • Work as part of a team with local producers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote agriculture.
    • Assist with soil and forage sampling.

    What you will do as the 4-H Extension Agent:

    • Lead the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive 4-H Youth Development Program in cooperation with county/state Extension colleagues and local citizens.
    • Deliver teaching and programs through 4-H clubs as well as school enrichment and special interest programs.
    • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate 4-H program assistants and volunteers.
    • Ensure program policies, enrollment, record keeping, risk management, and experiential learning procedures are updated and accurate.

    General duties:

    • Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability.
    • Lead acquisition and management of resources to support programming
    • Produce creative works like presentations, newsletters, educational games, and publications.
    • Participate in professional associations.
    • Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
    • Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total Seminole Tribe extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director.
    • Establish an advisory committee representing local demographics to seek input and advice on programing needs.

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, animal sciences or a related field (with experience in youth development) from an accredited college or university. If hired with a bachelor’s degree, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August 2021.
    • Effective written and verbal communication and a comfortable feeling presenting in front of small and large crowds.
    • Ability to establish solid partnerships and find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
    • A valid Florida driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one), a physical examination, and the ability to pass a substance screening and a national background screening.

    • A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours as well as the flexibility to travel both out of south Florida and out of state. Regular travel between reservations is common. (A work vehicle is provided for travel between reservations.)
    • A commitment to customer service.

    Read More