Ext Agent I - IV
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, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.
University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Baker County seek to fill a permanent-status accruing, full-time Agriculture/Natural Resources Extension Agent position with a self-starting, energetic, team-oriented individual. The educational responsibilities of this agent encompass strong leadership with respect to commercial agriculture/commercial horticulture (60%) and natural resources (30%). Active participation in the 4-H Youth Development program in the area of expertise is also expected (10%). As an educator, you will lead through the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming that meet the needs of the county's agriculture and natural resource clientele.
You will use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs that are supported by educational materials developed for Baker County clients. With 32,919 acres of farmland on 381 farms, extension programming focuses on pasture/forage management, livestock management, pesticide licensing, row crop production, pond/water management, and community resource development for natural areas.
This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Baker County community as you work with extension faculty, staff and stakeholders. This will require establishing and working with an agriculture/natural resources advisory committee.
You will also collaborate with other Northeast County Agents and Regional Specialized Agents on multi-county projects and serve as a role model to the community. Involvement in multi-state projects is encouraged.
Baker County is a rural community located in northeast Florida just west of Jacksonville, with a population of 27,115. The county seat and Extension Office location is Macclenny.
Other towns and communities in Baker County include Glen St. Mary, Sanderson, Olustee, Cuyler, Taylor and Baxter. Approximately 86% of the county is forested land.
Points of interest include the St. Mary's River, St. Mary's Shoals Park, Osceola National Forest, John Bethea State Forest, Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, and Ocean Pond.
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.
Commensurate with Education and Experience.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in plant science, agronomy, animal science, or a closely related field. If hired solely with a bachelor's degree (qualifying for the Agent I rank), 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. Master's and doctoral degrees will be considered (to qualify for Agent II, III or IV). A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours is necessary. A valid driver's license as well as national background screening is a requirement of this position.
Previous experience in agriculture production and/or education is preferred. Experience in creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience is highly desirable.
Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations is a plus for this role. You must be an effective written, verbal and listening communicator, feel comfortable presenting in front of small and large crowds, be able to establish solid partnerships, and find innovative ways to attract new audiences. The successful candidate is expected to live in Baker County and become an active member in the Baker County community.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply through the online UF application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/508251 , 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. Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date.
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
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 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.
Health Assessment Required:No
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