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Extension Agent I or II - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (57864)
University of Florida

Date Posted Jan. 10, 2020
Title Extension Agent I or II - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (57864)
University University of Florida
Sanford, FL, United States
Department College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: 60350000 - AG-COUNTY OPERATIONS: 60353059 - AG-SEMINOLE
Application Deadline Jan. 30, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Core Faculty
  • Food & Nutritional Science
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

University of Florida: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: 60350000 – AG-COUNTY OPERATIONS: 60353059 – AG-SEMINOLE
Sanford, FL
Open Date
Jan 8, 2020

Jan 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
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 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, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Seminole County, a growing area in central Florida. We are looking for an individual with skills in agricultural 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 office will be located at the County Extension Office in Sanford.

You will be responsible for a program that provides public education to local agricultural producers and associated business to promote sustainable agricultural practices. These include hydroponic crop, ornamental nursery, vegetable crop, turfgrass, and alternative crop production, emphasizing Integrated Crop Management (ICM) practices and precision agriculture.

What you will do:

Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, land owners, 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 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.
Become a certified and active instructor in Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs).
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.
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.
Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs.
Work with UF/IFAS and Seminole County teams to identify needs, issues, and opportunities.
Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension Director and the District Extension Director.
Further information:

In the event of an emergency, all Seminole County employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties.

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 agriculture, horticulture, plant sciences, or a closely related area.
A working knowledge of horticultural production including plant pest diagnostic skills, best management practices, soils, irrigation, fertilizers, and pest management.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
A commitment to customer service.
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 Seminole County Government and the University of Florida.
What you will bring (preferred):

A master’s degree. 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.
Practical experience in horticultural production and marketing.
Experience working with and managing volunteers.
Experience utilizing a variety of educational methods including technology-enhanced and technology-based instruction to reach diverse audiences.
Experience obtaining extramural funding.
Excellent organizational skills and good record-keeping techniques.
Application Instructions
Apply at by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:

Cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position
Résumé or Curriculum vitae
The following documents are required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).

Previous Employment Form (located at ).
Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at ) from your professional/academic references. Reference forms will be kept on file for 1 year and will be automatically used with any of our extension agent positions you apply for during that time.
Reference rating forms and unofficial transcripts not submitted at the time of application should be submitted/postmarked by the next business day after the position’s closing date. They may be submitted to:

Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281

Fax: (352) 392-3226

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

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). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. 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. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


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    The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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Contact Information

  • Ms. Dana LeCuyer
    Uf Ifas Hr
    University of Florida
    PO Box 110281
    Gainesville, FL 32611
  • 3523923226


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