Extension Agent I or II – Family and Consumer Sciences and Food Systems (73172)

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.

We hire the best. Diverse views and experiences make us strong. We look for people with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion and diversity. We desire an Agent who will use a variety of marketing techniques to reach diverse populations to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity; someone who will implement procedures to make sure strategies are used to allow diverse populations to be successful in his/her programmatic efforts. 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 Marion County. We are looking for an individual with skills in human nutrition, healthy lifestyles, food safety; someone who understands the crossroads of food systems with health and well-being. “Food systems” in the context of this position includes access to local, safe, and healthy foods, resource management, sustainable living, and social, mental and physical well-being.

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 diseases, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer.

Food systems encompasses community food initiatives, community-supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, consumer education of communities, farmers markets, and agri-tourism. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension, Marion County Office in Ocala, FL.

What you will do:

  • Design, implement, evaluate, and report on community-based educational programs focusing on human nutrition, wellness, and food systems.
  • Collaborate with other faculty and community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, and communities in developing urban/rural and community economic opportunities to enhance local and regional food systems.
  • Provide public education to youth and adults to empower individuals and families to build healthy lives and achieve social and economic success.
  • 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.
  • Assist in community food initiatives, community supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, farmers markets, and agri-tourism opportunities.
  • Become a certified and active ServSafe instructor.
  • Devote 5% of your time to 4-H Youth Development programs in your area of expertise.
  • 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 Marion 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 employees considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties at county or district level.

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 (minimum required):

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in family and consumer sciences, human nutrition, public health, or a closely related discipline. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May 2021.
  • Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
  • A strong commitment to customer service and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
  • Ability to possess or to be able to obtain and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a national background check.
  • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as well as travel with a County or University assigned vehicle, or a personal vehicle.
  • Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between Marion 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 continue to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
  • Professional experience and leadership in areas related to this position.
  • Practical experience in extension, teamwork, leadership skills, and problem solving.
  • Experience using 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.

Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/86615 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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