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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 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 and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Citrus County. The academic program focus of this Extension Agent position is Environmental Horticulture, with Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program responsibility. As the Agent, you will devote about 60% of your time towards leading county horticulture education and volunteer development programs. As the CED, you will spend about 30% of your time leading the total Citrus County extension program. This position also includes a 10% effort to support the county 4-H Youth Development program in your area of expertise. You will demonstrate excellent customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Citrus County community as you work with extension faculty, staff and stakeholders.
What you will do as County Extension Director:
- Lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total county extension program.
- Maintain, foster, and build effective working relationships with stakeholders, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, government agencies, county residents, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff and extension administration.
- Establish and collaborate with an advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals that will assist with program priorities to reach your audiences.
- Manage the Extension Office facilities.
- Supervise, mentor, and evaluate county faculty and staff.
- Support and commit to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment.
- Serve as a role model to the community.
What you will do as the Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent:
- Develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate comprehensive county horticulture and volunteer development programs in cooperation with local citizens, organizations, volunteers, businesses, agencies, and county/state extension colleagues.
- Teach Florida Friendly Landscaping and home food production.
- Recruit, train, manage, and retain existing and potential MGVs.
- Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs while reviewing and implementing new policies, maintaining records assessing risks, communicating, and marketing effectively across social media platforms, managing financial resources, and creating education materials and opportunities for Citrus County.
- Collaborate with the District Extension Director and other Northeast CEDs on multi-county projects.
- Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director or the Director of the Citrus County Community Services Department.
Employment is contingent on the results of a national background screening and drug screening results required by Citrus County.
Citrus County is centrally located along the central west coast of Florida bordering Hernando County on the south and Levy and Marion Counties to the north. The County is home to 153,843 (2020 census) residents. The population has grown by nearly 9% since the last census. The county seat is in Inverness along the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes. The other major city, Crystal River, was built along the coast and has easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and other local waterways. The county offers easy access to the Veteran’s Expressway, I-75, and the Florida Turnpike. Citrus County Extension is located at 3650 E. Sovereign Path, Lecanto FL.
Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.
Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date. Are you a good match? Apply today!