Extension Agent I - IV – Commercial Horticulture

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • May 6, 2022

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Ext Agent I - IV

Job Description:

You Belong at a University that’s Leading the Way

The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, 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) 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 Opportunity

The University of Florida/IFAS and Duval County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent position. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing, teaching, evaluating, and reporting on commercial horticulture educational programs that serve the needs of the pest management industry, landscaper maintenance industry, and commercial nursery industry in Duval County.

The Agent will spend about 95% of his/her time on commercial horticulture programs and 5% supporting the 4-H Youth Development program in the Agent’s area of expertise. Some portion of the Agent’s time will be dedicated to multi-county programs.

The candidate will be able to:

  • Lead extension education programs that reflect Duval County’s population diversity and unique educational needs using a variety of program marketing and delivery methods including in-person, site visit consultations, and deliberately focused virtual platforms such as webinars, videos, and social media.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships with community agencies and leaders, businesses, media, and the public.
  • Seek internal, external, and in-kind funds to support extension programs.
  • Function as a team member with county, district, and state Extension professionals.
  • Develop creative works and publications in support of programming and evaluation efforts.
  • Establish and maintain an effective advisory committee of professionals and citizens to analyze the county situation, identify priority issues, and assist with program design to reach target clientele.
  • Develop effective working relationships with the 4-H Youth Development program.

Further Information:

UF/IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. UF/IFAS Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments with a mission of providing quality, relevant education, and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We employ 375 Extension Agents, and we have an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties. We attribute our success to a workforce that embraces the contributions of people of all backgrounds and ability levels. The Extension Agent will be a contributor to a community that provides space for innovation, creativity, collaboration, growth, and development for all.

Duval County is in northeast Florida with a land area of 918 square miles and a population of nearly 1 million surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Johns River, lush woodlands, sand hills, and beaches. Duval has the largest park system in the nation, with more than 400 park and recreational sites. https://www.visitjacksonville.com/ With a consolidated form of government, the City of Jacksonville covers the entire county land mass except for the beach communities of Jacksonville (Neptune, Atlantic) and the Town of Baldwin.

The Duval County Extension Office https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/duval/ is both a division of the City of Jacksonville Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services https://www.coj.net/departments/parks-and-recreation.aspx and UF/IFAS. The office has a robust staff of extension agents and assistants serving throughout the community.

Employment is contingent on the results of a national background screening and a county government screening.

In the event of an emergency, all employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties at the county or district level.

Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license, be able to work flexible hours, and have the willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

Candidates must have the ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a pesticide license within 3 months of hire.

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!

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science, or a closely related field.
  • Technical expertise in horticulture.
  • Self-starting, energetic, and team oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
  • Good organizational development and management skills.
  • A commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to use information technology and apply social media to extension work.
  • Expertise in managing competing priorities and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Practical experience in teaching, writing, and developing educational programs.
  • Ability to contribute to the extension office environment through scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
  • Bilingual ability (English/Spanish).
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Instructions

Apply at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/521852 by 11:55 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 (showing 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:

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 Employment Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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