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
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
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 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. 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 Osceola County, a vibrant and growing county in central
Florida. We are looking for an individual with skills in
ornamental, turf, and citrus production. You will be responsible
for a program that provides public education to local agricultural
producers and associated business to promote landscape and
ornamental production as well as the industries involved in
landscapes. Your clientele is involved with citrus, nursery crops,
and commercial turf production emphasizing Integrated Crop
Management (ICM) practices and precision agriculture. Your primary
office will be located at the Osceola County Extension Office in
What you will do:
- 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.
- Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally
identified needs that will lead to improved agricultural
- Teach and evaluate high-quality educational programs that focus
on agricultural best management practices and integrated pest
management including insect, disease, and weed management.
- Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate
partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials,
communities, landowners, citizens, and industry in developing
urban/rural economic opportunities.
- Develop strategies and programs to meet the underserved and
underrepresented populations in the areas of commercial
horticulture and food systems.
- 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
- Teach latest integrated crop and pest management options
including new biorational products.
- 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
- 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 Osceola County teams to identify needs,
issues, and opportunities.
- Develop and deliver age-appropriate subject matter education in
support of 4-H Youth Development.
- Follow all county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding
Affirmative Action, program development, and parity.
- Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension
Directors and the District Extension Director.
In the event of an emergency, all Osceola County employees are
considered essential personnel and may be required to perform
alternate duties. (If applicable)
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?
What you will bring (required):
What you will bring (preferred):
- A bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, plant
sciences, 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 grow
in your career. Therefore, you will be expected to progress at
least halfway towards obtaining a master's degree within 6 years of
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- A working knowledge of horticultural science including plant
and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management
practices, soils, irrigation, fertilizers, and integrated pest
- Ability to obtain a pesticide license within 6 months of
- 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.
- A strong commitment to customer service and Inclusion,
Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS
- Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between
Osceola County Government and the University of Florida.
- A master’s degree.
- Practical experience in horticultural production.
- Experience utilizing 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
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/90420
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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