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Northwest District


Santa Rosa County - Milton, FL - Extension Agent I, II, III, or IV – Sustainable Agriculture and Community (519274)

Closing date: Jan 28, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Milton, FL

    Open Date

    Dec 6, 2021

    Deadline

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:55 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 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 Santa Rosa County are seeking an Extension Agent to lead Sustainable Ag and Community Food Systems education through the design, implementation, and evaluation of extension programming that meets the needs of the county’s diverse population. As the Agent, you will spend your time on agronomic crop and livestock production programming. This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Santa Rosa County community as you help shape future generations.

     

    What you will do:

    • Build an advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals that will assist you with program priorities and design to reach your audiences.
    • Work as part of a team of county extension faculty from neighboring counties that collaborates to measure the impacts of Best Management Practices (BMPs) educational programs.
    • Teach sustainability and conservation of resources for crop and animal production.
    • Provide educational programming related to sustainable agriculture and food systems to the Santa Rosa County community by teaching about BMPs, production, harvesting, marketing, and sustainability issues.
    • Take the role of “educational first responder” for county and university functions during natural disasters.
    • Obtain financial resources to support your programs.
    • Manage all program components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability).
    • Cooperate in interdisciplinary projects.
    • Provide service to schools.
    • Develop creative works (presentations, posters, website development, etc.).
    • Write non-technical people-friendly publications
    • Participate in professional societies related to your academic discipline.
    • Allocate at least 25% of your effort towards developing and teaching using virtual program delivery and social media.
    • Collaborate with the County Extension Director and District Extension Director on other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program.

    Further information:

    Employment is contingent on the results of a national background check and drug screening.

     

    Santa Rosa County is a diverse Florida panhandle county of forestland, farmland, pastureland, and white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Santa Rosa County is home to 699 farms encompassing more than 85,080 acres. This land produces commodities such as cotton, peanuts, corn, pecans, hay, cattle, and small livestock. This position is located in the city of Jay with the main Santa Rosa County Extension Office located in Milton.

     

    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. Are you a good match? Apply today!

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in agronomy, animal sciences, agricultural education, or a related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May 2022. 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. Course work completed within the State University System of Florida comes with a tuition waiver.
    • Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
    • A commitment to customer service and inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to use computers and apply social media to your work.
    • 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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Wakulla County - Crawfordville, FL - County Extension Director (CED) and Extension Agent II, III, or IV (519136)

Closing date: Jan 26, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Crawfordville, FL

    Open Date

    Nov 24, 2021

    Deadline

    Jan 26, 2022 at 11:55 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.

    We hire the best. Diverse 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 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 and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Wakulla County, a growing area in the Florida panhandle. We are looking for an individual that is a self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented leader. As the Agent, your extension programming will cover agriculture and natural resources (ANR) with an emphasis on horticulture. The ANR role has four focus areas: 1) lifestyle horticulture (including Master Gardener training in Wakulla and Franklin counties); 2) agriculture (mostly small farms); 3) inland and coastal natural resources; and 4) community resource development. In addition, at least 5% of your time will be devoted to 4-H Youth Development.

    As the CED, you will lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total Wakulla County extension program (three Agents 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 Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville.

    What you will do:

    • Maintain, foster, and build effective working relationships with county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, other government agencies, the general public, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff, and extension administration.
    • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate county faculty, program assistants, and staff with programs in agriculture, commercial and residential horticulture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development and sustainability.
    • Manage the business side of the Extension Office, including financial and compliance issues.
    • Work in the role of an Educational first responder for county and university functions during natural disasters.
    • Develop and following 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 diverse ANR educational program that meets the needs of the diverse population in Wakulla County and the Northwest Extension District.
    • Work to increase the use of virtual program delivery and social media use to a minimum of 25% of program delivery.
    • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs.
    • Determine program responsibilities locally through needs assessments.
    • Maintain an effective program advisory committee with appropriate community representation.
    • Use computer technology and social media for communication, teaching, and program management.
    • Seek and obtain financial resources to support your extension programs and the office as CED.
    • Adhere to all Univ. of Florida and Wakulla County government policies and procedures and provide leadership for management of all program components.
    • Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
    • Occasionally assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director.

    Further information:

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

    The extension faculty in Wakulla County share expertise with Franklin and Gulf Counties. In addition to the CED position, Wakulla County Extension has a full-time Family and Consumer Science Agent, a 4-H Youth Development Agent, and 2 support staff for programming and secretarial support. Wakulla County is a fast-growing coastal rural community of 32,461 people in 13,702 households in northwest Florida. Its public schools are A rated by the Florida Department of Education. There are 209 farms with an average of 113 acres, with a median farm size of 22 acres.

    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. Are you a good match? Apply today!

    What you will bring (required):

    • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in horticulture, agricultural 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 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.

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Walton County - DeFuniak Springs, FL - County Extension Director and Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Forestry (Multicounty) (519633)

Closing date: Jan 19, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    DeFuniak Springs, FL

    Open Date

    Dec 20, 2021

    Deadline

    Jan 19, 2022 at 11:55 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 University 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 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 Multicounty Extension Agent and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension in the Northwest Extension District and Walton County, a growing area 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 forestry production and management across the 10 Florida Panhandle counties west of the Apalachicola River. The forestry extension role has focus areas of: 1) commercial forest production, processing, and marketing; 2) agriculture farm-related forestry production; and 3) education of forestry disaster mitigation from natural disasters. In addition, at least 5% of your time will be devoted to 4-H Youth Development.

    As the CED, you will lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total Walton County extension program (six 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 Walton County Extension Office in Defuniak Springs.

    What you will do:

    • Maintain, foster, and build effective working relationships with county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, other government agencies, the general public, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff, and extension administration.
    • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate county faculty, program assistants, and staff with programs in agriculture, commercial and residential horticulture, family and consumer sciences, natural resources and Sea Grant, 4-H youth development, and community development and sustainability.
    • Manage the business side of the Extension Office, including financial and compliance issues.
    • Work in the role of an Educational first responder for county and university functions during natural disasters.
    • Develop and following 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 diverse agriculture and natural resources educational program that meets the needs of the diverse population in Walton County and the Northwest Extension District.
    • Work to increase the use of virtual program delivery and social media use to a minimum of 25% of program delivery.
    • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs.
    • Determine program responsibilities locally through needs assessments.
    • Maintain an effective program advisory committee with appropriate community representation.
    • Use computer technology and social media for communication, teaching, and program management.
    • Seek and obtain financial resources to support your extension programs and the Walton office as CED.
    • Adhere to all University of Florida and Walton County government policies and procedures and provide leadership for management of all program components.
    • Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
    • Occasionally assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director.

    Further information:

    Faculty in the Walton County Extension Office with CED qualifications are eligible to apply.

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

    The extension faculty in Walton County share expertise with Franklin and Gulf Counties. In addition to the CED position, Walton County Extension has a 4-H Youth Development Agent, a Horticulture Agent, a Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, shares a Sea Grant Agent Family and Consumer Science Agent with Okaloosa County, and three support staff for programming, administrative and secretarial support.

    Walton County is a diverse Florida panhandle county of forestland, farmland, pastureland, and 26 miles of white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Walton County is home to 600 farms encompassing more than 140,000 acres. This land produces commodities such as cotton, peanuts, corn, pecans, hay, cattle, and small livestock. Walton currently is one of the fastest growing county in the state. Walton County has the highest point in Florida at 345 feet above sea level. Besides the beautiful beaches, DeFuniak Springs has a beautiful round lake in town and historical Main Street. The Walton County Extension Office is in DeFuniak Springs just off Interstate 10.

    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 master’s degree from an accredited college or university in forestry, horticulture, agricultural 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 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.

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Northeast District


Central District


Flagler County - Bunnell, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (519076)

Closing date: Jan 31, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Bunnell, FL

    Open Date

    Nov 22, 2021

    Deadline

    Jan 31, 2022 at 11:55 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.

     

    UF/IFAS 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.

     

    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 Flagler County, a growing county in northeast Florida. We are looking for an individual with skills in livestock, forages and pasture management, as well as vegetable crop production and food systems. “Food systems” in the context of this position includes sustainable production, harvesting, processing, packaging, marketing, and consumption of local foods. Food systems encompasses community food initiatives, community-supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, consumer education of agricultural operations, farmers markets, and agri-tourism. Your primary office will be located at the Flagler County Extension Office in Bunnell.

     

    You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to local agricultural producers and associated business to promote sustainable agricultural practices. Collaboration with extension agents in the Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA) and the UF Hastings Agricultural Extension Center is expected.

     

    What you will do:

     

    • Work with agricultural producers as a subject-matter expert and provide technical expertise – through teaching and one-on-one consultations – in relation to agricultural best management practices, livestock and forage production, integrated pest management including insect, disease, and weed management, precision agriculture, and diagnostic services.
    • Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs that will lead to improved agricultural practices.
    • Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, stakeholders, communities, landowners, citizens, and industry in developing urban/rural and community economic opportunities to create local and regional food systems.
    • Assist in community food initiatives, community supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, farmers markets, agri-tourism opportunities, and marketing efforts.
    • Collaborate with all Extension program areas (Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, Sea Grant, and Family and Consumer Sciences) and volunteers on educational efforts that will facilitate positive management practices with significant and locally relevant impact.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Provide excellent customer service for the agricultural community through various communication modes including telephone, email, online, social media, and face-to-face contact.
    • Collaborate and provide support to local agricultural groups.
    • Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs.
    • 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.

    Further information:

    In the event of an emergency, all Flagler County employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties. (If applicable.)

     

    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. Are you a good match? Apply today!

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree in animal sciences, agriculture, horticulture, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May 2022. 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 oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A working knowledge of agriculture best management practices including plant and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management practices, soils, irrigation, fertilizers, livestock and forages, 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.

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Orange County - Orlando, FL - Extension Agent I or II – Residential Urban Horticulture/Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator (519932)

Closing date: Feb 7, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Orlando, FL

    Open Date

    Jan 11, 2022

    Deadline

    Feb 7, 2022 at 11:55 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 diversity, equity, inclusion, 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 county 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. You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to residents in an urban setting, Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs), and sustainable landscape practices. These responsibilities will be partly accomplished through the efforts of volunteers. As such, you will also be responsible for recruiting, training, managing, and leading Master Gardener (MG) volunteers, including overseeing the daily operation of the MG Plant Clinic and all MG committees. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Office in Orlando.

     

    What you will do:

    • Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs that will lead to improved horticultural practices.
    • 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 innovative training for new Master Gardener volunteers and continuing education for experienced Master Gardeners.
    • Collaborate with the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Agent to train Master Gardener volunteers on FFL principles and delivery of FFL programs to the community.
    • Provide oversight and management of Extension’s demonstration gardens/landscapes and coordinate the Master Gardener Plant Clinic.
    • 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 and fact sheets, 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 for the GI-BMPs course.
    • Develop an advisory committee to help in the identification of client needs and priority issues, analysis of county situations, and development of programs.
    • Develop and deliver age-appropriate subject matter education in support of 4-H Youth Development.
    • Deliver around 30% of your educational programming in the virtual or digital world.
    • 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 outlined by the County Extension Director and the District Extension Director.

    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 June 2022. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to advance 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 horticultural science including plant and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management practices, and integrated pest management.
    • Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
    • A commitment to customer service and inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to 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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Putnam County - East Palatka, FL - Extension Agent I, II, or III – 4-H Youth Development (519630)

Closing date: Jan 19, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    East Palatka, FL

    Open Date

    Dec 20, 2021

    Deadline

    Jan 19, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    Description

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

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

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

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

    We hire the best. Diverse views and experience make us strong. We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and 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 a 4-H Extension Agent, you will work for UF/IFAS Extension and Putnam County. We are looking for an individual that is self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented whose educational responsibilities include emphasis on positive development of youth aged 5 to 18 through 4-H projects in agriculture plus the national 4-H priorities of civic engagement (leadership and citizenship), healthy living, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The right candidate will be able to manage a volunteer system that supports the development and operation of Putnam County 4-H. You will demonstrate excellent external and internal customer service and will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension, Putnam County facility in East Palatka.

    What you will do:

    • Work as part of a team with local citizens, county/state extension colleagues, agencies, and organizations that are concerned with the needs and well-being of area youth.
    • Develop, sustain, and monitor the effectiveness of a volunteer system to staff the 4-H program including recruitment, volunteer development, and evaluations/recognition in support of the development and operation of the Putnam County 4-H program.
    • Maintain and lead an effective and functional county 4-H Association to guide program direction and represent community needs.
    • Deliver youth development programs through community clubs, special interest clubs, school enrichment, day camping, and competitive events. Promote residential 4-H camping programs.
    • Manage all program components including policies, enrollments and records, risk management, communications, and educational materials.
    • Use a needs assessment to target programs reflecting the county’s population, diversity, and unique educational needs.
    • Possess or develop an area of expertise to share across county lines.
    • Produce creative works (including presentations, posters, website development, social media, and videos). Write non-technical, people and reader-friendly publications, and participate in professional societies.
    • Seek and manage financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure all financial policies are followed as instructed by UF/IFAS Extension guidelines.
    • Cultivate relationships with businesses and community partners who have an interest in supporting the youth development program.
    • Follow all county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding civil rights/affirmative action, program development, and parity.
    • Ensure that all Florida 4-H youth protection policies are adhered to including screening and training all 4-H volunteers.
    • Complete an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment (including details describing your extension program).
    • Occasionally assume other responsibilities that benefit the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and/or the District Extension Director.

    Further information:

    Employment is contingent on the results of a national background check and drug screening.

    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. Are you a good match? Apply today!

    What you will bring (required):

    • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development/sociology, non-profit leadership, agriculture, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May 2022. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to advance your career by making at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
    • Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
    • A commitment to customer service and inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
    • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
    • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

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Southwest District


Manatee County - Palmetto, FL - Extension Agent I - IV - 4-H Youth Development (80564/519925)

Closing date: Jan 31, 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

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  • Details

    Location

    Palmetto, FL

    Open Date

    Aug 26, 2021

    Deadline

    Jan 31 2022 at 11:55 PM Eastern Time

    This position was previously posted in Interfolio (requisition # 80564). Previous applicants are under consideration and do not need to re-apply.

    Description

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    As a 4-H Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS and Manatee County. We are looking for an individual that is self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented whose educational responsibilities will encompass positive development of youth between 5 and 18 years old. You will embrace strong leadership as you develop adult volunteers and help youth audiences attain life skills. Your 4-H work may cover animal sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), arts, entrepreneurship, agriculture, career development, environmental education, leadership, and citizenship. You will demonstrate excellent external and internal customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located at the Manatee County Extension Office in Palmetto.

     

    What you will do:

    • Work as part of a team with local citizens, county/state Extension colleagues, agencies, and organizations that are concerned with the needs and well-being of area youth.
    • Establish a local advisory committee to guide your program towards growth and stability.
    • Use a needs assessment to target programs reflecting the county’s population diversity and unique educational needs.
    • Develop, sustain, and monitor the effectiveness of a volunteer system to staff the 4-H program including recruitment, screening, volunteer development, and evaluations/recognition in support of the Manatee County 4-H program.
    • Collaborate with local governments, businesses, social service agencies, and extension professionals to provide educational opportunities for positive youth development.
    • Deliver youth development programs through community clubs, special interest clubs, school enrichment, day and residential camping, and competitive events.
    • Maintain an effective county 4-H Association.
    • Coordinate youth and volunteer involvement in district, area, state, regional, and national 4-H programs and events.
    • Manage and account for all program components including policies, enrollments and records, risk management, communications, and educational materials.
    • Develop, adapt, and implement a communication plan with program participants, families, volunteers, and partners using contemporary approaches including information technology.
    • Possess or develop an area of expertise to share across county lines.
    • Produce creative works (including presentations, posters, website development, and videos), write non-technical, people-friendly publications, and participate in professional societies.
    • 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 county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding affirmative action, program development, and parity.
    • Complete an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment (including details describing your extension program).
    • Occasionally assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and/or the District Extension Director.

    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 June 2022.
    • 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