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. 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.
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. 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, diversity, equity, and access.
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 Orange County, a growing area in central Florida. We are
looking for an individual who is self-starting, energetic, and
team-oriented with skills in teaching diverse audiences and
volunteer management. Your office will be located at the UF/IFAS
Extension Orange County Office in Orlando.
You will be responsible for a program that provides public
education to teach urban audiences about the most effective
strategies to adopt Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles,
Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs), integrated
pest management principles including proper use of water and
fertilizer, sustainable resource conservation and other diverse
residential horticulture issues, and sustainable landscapes
including a garden-to-table approach.
What you will do:
- Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally
identified needs that will lead to improved horticultural
- Develop an advisory committee to assist with the identification
of client needs and priority issues, analysis of county situations,
and development of programs.
- Teach and evaluate high-quality educational programs that focus
on horticultural best management practices and integrated pest
management including insect, disease, and weed management.
- Provide responsive, high-quality customer service for citizens
seeking help identifying plant, weed, and insect samples as well as
offering basic disease and plant sample troubleshooting and
- Write relevant articles, fact sheets and social media posts,
develop multi-media presentations, and create educational displays
- Serve in an advisory/technical expert capacity to help support
current gardens and facilitate the development of new school and
- Become a certified and active instructor in GI-BMPs
- Develop and deliver age-appropriate subject matter education in
support of 4-H Youth Development.
- Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership
opportunities to support your Extension programs.
- Work with UF/IFAS and Orange County teams to address emerging
issues and produce collective impact in the community.
- Carry out other duties as assigned by the County Extension
Director and the District Extension Director.
In the event of an emergency, all Orange 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):
- A bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant sciences, plant
pathology, 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
What you will bring (preferred):
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- A working knowledge of horticultural sciences including plant
and pest identification and diagnostic skills, best management
practices, and integrated pest management.
- 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.
- Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between
Orange County Government and the University of Florida.
- A master’s degree.
- Practical experience in horticultural science and strong
- Experience working with and managing volunteers.
- 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
- A strong commitment to customer service.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/90416
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.
The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with
respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,
national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic
information and veteran status in all aspects of employment
including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,
terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and