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The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, is a land grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. 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.
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This full-time permanent status accruing Extension Agent will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Palm Beach County. The candidate will design, implement, and evaluate educational programs in landscape Best Management Practices, Florida Friendly Landscaping™ principles, and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods for the landscape maintenance and installation industries, local government entities, homeowner associations, the irrigation industry, landscape architects, and residential audiences (95% effort). At least 5% of the candidate’s time will be devoted to 4-H Youth Development.
The candidate will be able to:
- Build an effective and diverse advisory committee to assist with extension program design, direction, and operation.
- Collaborate with commercial landscape installation and maintenance industries, pest control operators, and extension colleagues to study pest and disease management strategies and other landscape best management practices.
- Target programs to reflect the area’s population diversity and unique educational needs using a variety of program marketing and delivery methods including in-person, site visit consultations, and deliberately focused virtual platforms such as webinars, videos, and social media.
- Work with landscape professionals, agencies, and organizations to assist or lead cooperative and interdisciplinary projects.
- Create extension educational events that offer continuing education units (CEUs) relevant to target clientele licenses.
- Obtain financial resources to support programs and manage all components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability).
- Produce creative, scholarly works and audience-friendly publications.
UF/IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. UF/IFAS Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments with a mission of providing quality, relevant education, and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We employ 375 Extension Agents, and we have an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties. We attribute our success to a workforce that embraces the contributions of people of all backgrounds and ability levels. The Extension Agent will be a contributor to a community that provides space for innovation, creativity, collaboration, growth, and development for all.
Palm Beach County (https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-counties/fl/palm-beach-county-population) has a population of about 1.5 million. The county stretches along Florida’s Atlantic coast and inward touching the southern portion of Lake Okeechobee and the northern edge of Everglades National Park. The main Extension office is in West Palm Beach with a western office in Belle Glade (http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/palm-beach/) about 5 miles from the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center (https://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/). Palm Beach County Extension is part of the UF/IFAS Southeast Extension District made up of twelve counties and the Seminole Tribe.
Employment is contingent on the results of a physical examination, a substance screening, and a national background screening.
In the event of an emergency, all employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties at the county or district level.
Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license, be able to work flexible hours, and the willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a pesticide license within 3 months of hire.
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!