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
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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. 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 Palm Beach County. You will design, implement, and evaluate
commercial ornamental horticulture and pest management educational
programs designed to assist clientele in nursery production and
business management (about 50% of your time) and structural and
landscape pest control operations (about 45% of your time). Your
comprehensive commercial ornamental horticulture program will be
guided by an advisory committee that represents the needs of the
county’s diverse population. You will devote 5% of your time
contributing to 4-H Youth Development.
What you will do:
- Provide on-site technical assistance and teaching to facilitate
the implementation of Best Management Practices in nursery
production and landscape management.
- Establish and maintain an effective and diverse advisory
committee to assist with program development and
- Collaborate with local nursery growers, pest control operators,
and UF/IFAS Research and Education Center faculty to help design,
conduct, and evaluate studies (including demonstration trials) that
assess pest and disease management strategies and other landscaping
best management practices.
- Market the extension program through multi-media
- Target programs to reflect the area’s population diversity and
unique educational needs using a variety of program delivery
- Develop community partnerships.
- Work as part of a team with local producers, organizations,
agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote the nursery and pest
- Strategize extension educational events that also offer
continuing education units (CEUs) relevant to target clientele
- Establish and maintain an effective system for
- Produce audience-friendly creative works and publications.
- Actively participate in professional societies (committees,
- Write an annual plan of work (POW) and report of accomplishment
- Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county
extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director
(DED) and County Extension Director (CED).
Employment is contingent on the results of a physical examination,
a substance screening, and a national background screening.
Palm Beach County (
) has a population of about 1.5 million. The county stretches along
Florida’s Atlantic coast and inward touching the southern portion
of Lake Okeechobee and the northern edge of Everglades National
Park. The main office is in West Palm Beach with a western office
in Belle Glade ( http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/palm-beach/
) about 5 miles from the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education
Center ( https://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/
Beach County Extension is part of the UF/IFAS Southeast Extension
District made up of twelve counties and the Seminole Tribe.
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 in plant science, environmental
horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, or a closely related
field from an accredited college or university. 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, you will
be expected to advance your career by making at least 50% progress
towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of
- Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication
- Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative
ways to attract new diverse audiences and volunteers.
- A commitment to customer service.
- A commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
- 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 master’s degree.
- Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional
materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for a diverse
- A strong commitment to community.
- Practical experience in extension education, particularly in
south Florida nursery production and structural and landscape pest
- Evidence of exceptional collaborations, partnerships, and
marketing with community agencies and groups.
- Experience working in multicultural settings.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish.
- Technological literacy necessary for communication and program
management, including social media.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/90973
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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