Extension Agent I, II, or III – Residential Horticulture

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

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Ext Agent I - III

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

This full-time permanent status accruing Extension Agent will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Hillsborough County. The candidate will conduct a comprehensive residential horticulture education program for the county’s diverse population. Also, at least 5% of the candidate’s time will be devoted to 4-H Youth Development, emphasizing workforce development.

The candidate will provide teaching for and management of Hillsborough County residential horticulture extension programs and will lead the county’s Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program. There are currently more than 100 MGVs with an established structure of committees, numerous projects, and a commitment to delivering residential horticulture educational outreach.

The candidate will be able to:

  • Lead and train MGVs, and collaborate with them on educational programs and projects.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on homeowner and neighborhood horticulture techniques and skills, including Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and gardening.
  • Build a diverse advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals that will assist with program priorities and design.
  • Offer traditional in-person programs and site visit consultations.
  • Develop program delivery strategies that include the use of deliberately focused virtual platforms such as webinars, videos, and social media.
  • Work with agencies and organizations to assist or lead cooperative and interdisciplinary projects, both in the county and through multi-county efforts.
  • Collaborate to develop and maintain the extension demonstration landscape and other demonstration gardens in the county.
  • Obtain financial resources to support programs and manage all components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability).
  • Cooperate in interdisciplinary projects.
  • Produce creative works and audience-friendly publications.

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.

Hillsborough County (https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/) with a population of 1.4 million is located midway along the west coast of Florida. The county seat is Tampa, home of the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the 2021 NFL Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Extension office (https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsborough/) is located 10 miles east of Tampa in Seffner, near the intersection of I-75 and I-4.

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

In the event of an emergency, all employees 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 the willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

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 Experience and Education

Minimum Requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in horticulture or a related field.
  • Technical expertise in horticulture.
  • Self-starting, energetic, and team oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
  • Good organizational development and management skills.
  • Ability to establish solid partnerships and work in teams.
  • Ability to use information technology and apply social media to extension work.
  • A commitment to positive and proactive customer service.
  • 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 extension, teaching, and horticulture.
  • Experience managing and engaging volunteers to achieve common goals.
  • Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience.
  • Pesticide applicator and instructor certifications.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This search has been extended. Previous applicants are under consideration and need not re-apply.

Apply at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/521132 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 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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