Extension Agent I - III – Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 16, 2023

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Ext Agent I - III

Job Description:

You Belong at a University that’s Leading the Way

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. 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 Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides 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, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Escambia County are seeking am Extension Agent to lead sustainable agriculture, enterprise food systems, small farms, and natural resource education through the design, implementation, and evaluation of extension programming that meets the needs of the county’s diverse population. As the Extension Agent, you will spend your time or efforts serving clientele in Escambia County in agronomic crop production and natural resources programming. This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Florida Panhandle and Escambia County as you help shape future generations.

What you will do:

  • Design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs related to sustainable agriculture, food systems, and natural resource conservation in Escambia County, by teaching about Best Management Practices (BMPs), production, harvesting, and sustainability issues and solutions.
  • Build an advisory committee composed of Escambia County citizens and agricultural professionals to assist you in identifying and prioritizing educational programs to reach target clientele.
  • Assist Escambia County and the Northwest District (NWD) as an “educational first responder” for county and university functions during natural disasters.
  • Collaborate with the NWD Panhandle Agriculture Program Implementation Team (PIT) working collaboratively with peers to plan, teach, and evaluate virtual and face-to-face educational programs.
  • Collaborate with agronomic Extension specialists to provide support and engage in applied research for commodity crop variety trials across the Northwest Extension District.
  • Obtain external financial resources to support your programs.
  • Manage all program components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability).
  • Cooperate in interdisciplinary projects.
  • Provide service to schools.
  • Develop creative works (presentations, posters, website development, etc.)
  • Write non-technical, people-friendly publications.
  • Participate in professional societies related to your academic discipline.
  • Collaborate with the County Extension Director and District Extension Director on other responsibilities that benefit the total county and district Extension program.

Further information:

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

Escambia County (population 300,000+) has a fast-growing coastal urban community and an adjacent developing rural community. In 2017, there were 649 farms comprising 58,834 acres and 96,000 acres of forest. The extension office is in Cantonment, a northern suburb of Pensacola (the county seat of Escambia County), which is at the western end of the Florida panhandle.

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? Apply today!

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

What you will bring (required):

  • A bachelor’s degree in agronomy or related field.
  • Five years of Cooperative Extension experience or equivalent.
  • Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
  • A commitment to customer service and Extension for All guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
  • Ability to use computers, web delivery, and apply social media to your work.
  • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
  • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
  • Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.
Preferred Qualifications:

What you will bring (preferred):

  • A master’s degree or Ph.D. in an agriculture field.
  • Cooperative Extension experience or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish solid partnerships and find innovative ways to attract new audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, motivate people, and work in teams.
  • Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework or training on multicultural topics are desirable.
  • Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
  • Experience in Autonomous Agriculture practices and equipment
  • FAA Remote Pilot’s License (Part 107)
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Apply at Careers at UF 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).

  • Current and Previous Employment Form
  • A minimum of 3 reference rating forms from your professional/academic references. Applicants are responsible for sending the rating form link to their references.
    • Reference forms will be kept on file for 1 year and will be automatically used with any of our extension agent positions you apply for during that time.

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

Selected candidate will be required to provide an 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).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: Yes