Extension Agent I or II – Agriculture and Natural Resources (Small Farms/Alternative Enterprises)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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.

As an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Duval County in leading a science-based education program covering agriculture, small farms, and alternative enterprises. This position provides the opportunity for you to make a positive impact in the Duval County community.

What you will do:

  • Plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs for traditional agricultural operations including animal and plant production systems (about 50% of your time).
  • Develop, deliver, and evaluate innovative programs to support small farms and alternative enterprises in Duval county (about 45% of your time).
  • Contribute to the Duval 4-H Youth Development in your area of expertise (about 5% of your time).
  • Lead the county agricultural response efforts for SART (State Agricultural Response Team, https://flsartt.ifas.ufl.edu/ ) according to the Agriculture Liaison Plan of the City of Jacksonville.
  • Maintain an effective program advisory committee with appropriate community representation.
  • Develop and sustain effective working relationships with producers, commodity groups, community agencies, county government, media, and residents.
  • Use computer technology for communications, teaching, and program management.
  • Use a variety of delivery methods to meet program objectives.
  • Seek and obtain financial resources to support your extension programs.
  • Adhere to all Univ. of Florida and county government policies and procedures.
  • Provide leadership for management of all program components.
  • Assume other assignments and responsibilities as needed to support the total county extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director or District Extension Director.

Further information:

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

Duval County is located in northeast Florida with a land area of 918 square miles and a population of 957,755. With a consolidated form of government, the City of Jacksonville covers the entire county land mass with the exception of the beach communities of Jacksonville: Neptune, Atlantic Beach and the Town of Baldwin. Duval County has approximately 366 small farms on 29,990 acres with an average of 82 acres. Fifty six percent of the farms in Duval County have less than $2,500 in sales with 5% having sales of greater than $100,000. There are also approximately 40 small, diversified farms producing mostly pecans, blueberries, and grapes.

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.

Review of applications will begin in early April and will continue until the position is filled. 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, agronomy, horticulture, animal science, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May, 2021. 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.
  • A commitment to positive and proactive customer service, shown by timely and efficient response to clients.
  • Strong oral and written interpersonal, communication, leadership, and social media skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension and Duval County.
  • 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.

What you will bring (preferred):

  • A master’s degree.
  • Experience with agriculture and small farms.
  • Experience in teaching, writing, and developing educational programs.

Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/85415 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).

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.


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