The Institute of Food and
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
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
We hire the best. Celebrating diversity and embracing inclusion
makes 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,
diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). 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 teaching skills in human nutrition,
health, and wellness. You will be responsible for a program that
provides public education to individuals and families to adopt
healthy eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or
delay the onset of chronic diseases such as heart disease,
hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. In addition, you
will conduct programs in financial literacy. Your office will be
located at the Seminole County Extension Office in Sanford.
What you will do:
- Design, implement, evaluate, and report on community-based
educational programs focusing on human nutrition and wellness.
- Extend educational training through volunteer systems.
- Establish an advisory committee of citizens and professionals
to analyze the county situation, identify priority issues, and
assist with program design to reach target clientele.
- Work with UF/IFAS and Seminole County teams to identify needs,
issues, and opportunities.
- Develop and sustain partnerships with faculty colleagues,
community agencies, leaders, businesses, media, and the
- Secure and manage external and internal financial resources to
support FCS programs.
- Manage program components including program policies, records,
risk management, communication, and educational materials.
- Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability
and public information to all relevant individuals, groups,
organizations, and agencies.
- Develop effective working relationships with the 4-H Youth
Development program plus other nutrition and wellness programs in
- 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 behavior or
- Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership
opportunities to support extension programs for your program or as
part of team effort.
- Contribute about 5% of your time towards Seminole County 4-H
Youth Development in your area of expertise.
- Follow all Univ. of Florida and Seminole County policies and
- Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension
Director and the District Extension Director.
In the event of an emergency, all Seminole County employees are
considered essential personnel and may be required to perform
Employment is contingent on the results of a national background
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. Apply to become a part of
our growing team!
What you will bring (required):
What you will bring (preferred):
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in
in family and consumer sciences, nutrition, dietetics, health and
wellness, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants
without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August,
2021. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to
advance in your career by making at least 50% progress towards
obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of
- A working knowledge of healthy eating habits and lifestyle
behaviors that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic
- Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication
- A commitment to customer service.
- A commitment to the IDEA guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
- Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between
Seminole County Government and the Univ. of Florida.
- Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s
- Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular
hours including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as well
as travel with a county vehicle or a personal vehicle.
- A master’s degree.
- A working knowledge of financial literacy for individuals and
- Experience working with and managing volunteers.
- Experience using a variety of educational methods including
technology-enhanced and technology-based instruction to reach
- Experience obtaining extramural funding.
- Excellent organizational skills and good record-keeping
This position has been re-posted. Previous applicants are under
consideration and need not re-apply.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/85735
by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:
The following documents are also required
- 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
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
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
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution
dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and
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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respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,
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information and veteran status in all aspects of employment
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