The University of Florida/IFAS and Alachua County seek to fill a
12-month, permanent status-accruing Agriculture and Natural Resources extension
agent position. The successful candidate will plan, organize, develop,
implement, teach, evaluate, and report on a science-based, well-documented
extension program. The agriculture and natural resource agent will focus on
pesticide education, row crop and pasture production, natural resource
education. This position also includes a small appointment (10%) in 4-H Youth Development
in Alachua County.
The agent will be expected to have a working knowledge of
agronomic crops and experience with diagnostic skills, best management
practices, soils, natural resources, and disease identification and control.
The agent will work with other agents, agencies, and groups on cooperative
educational efforts designed to produce positive practices with higher impact.
The agent is expected to develop or assist with 4-H Youth Development
activities as appropriate.
The agent will develop and maintain an advisory committee to
assess client needs and program design. The agent will create an annual plan of
work and report of accomplishment based on the input of the advisory committee.
Additional faculty reports will be required. Candidate will be expected to
employ skills in effective organization and record keeping, and to respond to
clients in a timely and professional manner. This position requires the agent
to work with agencies and organizations to acquire grants, cooperate in
interdisciplinary projects, provide service to schools, develop creative works
(presentations, posters, website development, etc.), write non-technical
people-friendly publications, seek extra-mural funding, and participate in
The successful candidate will occasionally assume other
responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by
the County Extension Director and/or the Northeast District Extension Director.
The agent will be expected to attain promotion and permanent status according
to UF guidelines.
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
Alachua County is located in north-central Florida along
Interstate 75, with a population of approximately 247,000. Alachua County is
also home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. The main Extension
office is located in Gainesville.
A bachelor's degree is required. Degrees must be from an
accredited university in agronomy, plant science, or a closely related field. Other requirements include excellent communication skills (oral,
written and listening), computer and social media competency, ability to
organize and motivate people, and good teamwork skills.
Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a valid
Florida Driver's License. Candidates should anticipate travel in/out of the
county with occasional overnight travel, irregular hours and some nights and
weekends. Employment is contingent upon completion of a background check and
drug screening test.
|Special Instructions to Applicants:|
Apply through the
online UF application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/496080 , and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover
letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you
for this position.
TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION,
PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
You must submit unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your
academic degrees. You may attach these as an "other" document, or you
may submit to our office as directed below. An unofficial copy is acceptable
for the application process, but before you can be hired, IFAS Human Resources
must have the official transcript for your highest degree on file.
Also, all applicants must have at least three reference rating forms on
file. Reference forms must be less than
one year old. If you have not already
done so, please contact your professional/academic references and ask that they
complete a reference rating form on your behalf. The form is located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/ref_form.pdf .
Please also complete
and submit the Previous Employment Form (located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/prev_employment.pdf ).
With the exception of official transcripts, all items submitted by mail must be
postmarked no later than the next business day after the position closing date.
All documents submitted by fax or email must be received no later than the next
business day. If your official transcripts will arrive after the closing date,
you must also submit unofficial transcripts by the deadline.
Requested reference forms and transcripts should be submitted to:
Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281
Fax: (352) 392-3226
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
selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's
'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Persons with
disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.