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.
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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. 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.
As the Northeast District Regional Specialized Agent (RSA) for agricultural water management, you will provide educational programs covering Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union counties. You will be based at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley (NFREC-SV) near Live Oak in Suwannee County. This Center hosts research and extension programs pertinent to this position. In north Florida, irrigated crops of economic importance include row crops (grain and silage corn, soybean, peanut, and cotton), vegetable crops (watermelon, tomato, green beans, and carrots), fruit crops (citrus, blueberry) and other emerging crops.
You will plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs beneficial to crop producers. You will contribute to statewide water education programs by collaborating with county faculty members in the Northeast Extension District and state specialists (row crops, agronomy, vegetable crops, fruit crops, small farms, soil, and water) at various UF facilities. You will develop an applied research program and on-farm demonstrations in collaboration with other faculty to support the extension needs of producers, county faculty, and decision-makers in the region.
You will maintain an effective advisory committee to guide your extension program and you will establish a system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies. Educational topics may include fertilization, irrigation, cropping systems, Best Management Practices, and water schools.
You can expect to spend ample time on farm visits, facilitating regularly scheduled crop producer peer discussion meetings to hear and understand client needs. You will educate clientele about regulatory issues, particularly water quality improvement plans for impaired watersheds that have significant impacts on current nutrient management practices used for irrigated crops. You will work with state agencies involved with water resource protection to help producers interpret rules and with water resource experts to help provide solutions. Support of and commitment to UF values – including inclusion, diversity, equity and access – are expected.
As a regional extension agent, you will have expectations beyond those of a county extension agent. For example, you will:
Support, train, and mentor county extension agents in water and irrigation management education.
Provide regional educational workshops and programs to achieve a balance reflective of north Florida’s population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of regional stakeholders.
Collaborate with state extension specialists and other extension colleagues to conduct practical and applied research projects, engaging social scientists when appropriate.
Serve as project leader for extramural funding that supports and enhances the extension program.
Work with other RSA positions in the Northeast District (with responsibilities in row crops, vegetables, rural and agribusiness development, dairy, 4-H youth development, and coastal ecosystems) in a functional, complementary, and effective working group.
Work with faculty and units with water-related responsibilities including the four other Water RSAs, statewide BMP faculty members, the UF/IFAS statewide BMP coordinator, and the Center for Land Use Efficiency to coordinate and strengthen programming.
Information about the North Florida Research and Education Center – Suwannee Valley can be found here: https://svaec.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Information about the Suwannee River Water Management District and the Suwannee River Watershed can be found here: http://www.mysuwanneeriver.com/.
For more about UF/IFAS Extension, please see http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/about/.
For more information about the UF/IFAS Center for Land Use Efficiency (CLUE) visit https://clue.ifas.ufl.edu/.
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.
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a water science or related field such as water resources engineering, soil and water sciences, agroecology, ecohydrology, or a similar area. We will accept applicants without a master’s degree if the degree will be earned by December 2021.
At least 5 years of land-grant university extension or equivalent educational programming experience.
Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours including evening and weekend work plus overnight travel.
Ability to obtain a Florida driver’s license.
Ability to pass a background check prior to employment.
A Ph.D. degree.
Experience working in the agriculture industry.
Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics.
Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
Comfortable ability to present in front of small and large crowds.
Ability to establish solid partnerships.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/93215 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
Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
The following documents are also required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).
Current and Previous Employment Form (located at https://hr.ifas.ufl.edu/resources/form-index/current-and-previous-employmen… ).
A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at http://hr.ifas.ufl.edu/assets/pdf/forms/ref_form.pdf ) 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
Final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.
The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. 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.