Extension Agent I or II – Florida Friendly Landscaping and Residential Horticulture - Tenders Global

Extension Agent I or II – Florida Friendly Landscaping and Residential Horticulture

University of Florida


Classification Title:

Ext Agent I – II

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 Orange County. We seek a self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented individual with skills teaching diverse audiences. The Agent will develop, deliver, evaluate, and report on science-based education programs to urban residents covering Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Food Systems. “Food systems” in the context of this position includes access to local, safe, and healthy foods, resource management, and sustainable living. The Agent will also provide educational support for 4-H youth development in horticulture, plant sciences, and food systems.

The candidate will be able to:

  • Develop and implement a plan of work based on local needs identified through an advisory committee.
  • Focus education on horticultural best management practices and integrated pest management (including insect, disease, and weed management).
  • Teach audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills leading to improved sustainable horticultural practices.
  • Collaborate to train Master Gardener Volunteers on FFL principles and programs.
  • Provide oversight and management of Garden Technicians and volunteers to provide for extension demonstrations, field days and garden tours in the 4-acre Exploration Gardens at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County office.
  • Produce creative works and write relevant articles, fact sheets, and social media posts.
  • Offer plant/insect identification and plant disease diagnostic services.
  • Become a certified and active instructor for the GI-BMPs course.
  • Create community partnerships to develop economic opportunities in food systems.
  • Assist in community food initiatives, community supported agriculture, farm to consumer efforts, farmers markets, agri-tourism opportunities, and marketing efforts.
  • Collaborate with Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences program areas on educational efforts that will create significant local impacts.
  • Use traditional and innovative (e.g., web-based) teaching methods.
  • Deliver at least 30% of educational programming in the virtual or digital world.
  • Collaborate and provide support to local agricultural groups, e.g., Florida Farm Bureau, Beekeeper’s Association, and Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Seek grants, contracts, or other funding and partnership opportunities to support extension programs.
  • Work with UF/IFAS and Orange County teams to address emerging issues and produce collective impact in the community.

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 to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We employ 375 Extension Agents and 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 contribute to a community that provides space for innovation, creativity, collaboration, growth, and development for all.

Orange County is in central Florida. It includes a strong agricultural industry, natural resources, and urbanized communities. More info at https://www.orangecountyfl.net/ . The Extension Office team consists of eleven Extension Agents including this position.

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

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 6 months of hire.

In the event of an emergency, all employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties, if applicable.

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:
  • A bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant sciences, plant pathology, entomology, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by June 2023. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to advance 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.
  • Strong oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of horticultural best management practices including plant and pest identification, diagnostics, nutrient and fertilizer management, soils, irrigation, and integrated pest management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • A strong commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
  • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
  • Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Agreement between Orange County Government and the University of Florida.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A master’s degree in a field applicable to the position.
  • Experience creating educational curricula, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for both youth and adults.
  • Expertise in getting groups to work together to achieve a goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
  • Experience working in multi-cultural settings.
  • Experience in marketing, teaching, and evaluating educational programs.
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers.
  • Experience using a variety of educational methods, including technology-enhanced and technology-based instruction to reach diverse audiences.
  • Experience obtaining extramural funding.
  • Excellent organizational skills and good record-keeping techniques.
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

[email protected]

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 dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


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