University Of Florida Gainesville , FL 32601
Ext Agent II - 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, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.
University of Florida/IFAS Extension seeks to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing Agriculture (Row Cops) Regional Specialized Agent (RSA) position. The regional focus of the position will mostly encompass the row crop-producing counties of Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, and Suwannee plus the other counties of the Northeast Extension District that also produce row crops.
The position will be based at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center Suwannee Valley near Live Oak in Suwannee County. This Center currently has several active research and extension programs pertinent to this position. In north Florida, row crops of economic importance include grain and silage corn, soybean, and peanut, and to a lesser extent cereals, cotton, tobacco, and other emerging crops.
As the RSA, you will plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs beneficial to row-crop producers. You will contribute to statewide row-crop education programs by collaborating with county extension faculty in the Northeast Extension District and state specialists (row crops, agronomy, soil, and water) at various UF facilities. You will develop an applied-research program in collaboration with other faculty to support the extension needs of producers and county faculty in the region.
You will maintain an effective advisory committee to guide your extension program and you will establish a system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations and agencies. Educational topics may include crop and variety selection, fertilization, irrigation, integrated pest and weed management, cropping systems, and Best Management Practices to protect water resources.
You can expect to spend ample time on farm visits and you will facilitate periodic row-crop producer peer discussion meetings to hear and understand client needs. You will educate clientele about regulatory issues, particularly water quality improvement plans for impaired watersheds that have significant impacts on nutrient management practices used by row-crop producers. You will work with state agencies involved with water resource protection to help producers interpret rules and with water resource experts to help provide solutions.
As a regional extension agent, you will have expectations beyond those of a county extension agent. For example, you will:
Support, train, and mentor county extension agents in row-crop production education.
Provide regional educational workshops and programs to achieve a balance reflective of north Florida's population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of regional stakeholders.
Collaborate with state extension specialists and other extension colleagues to conduct practical and applied research projects, engaging social scientists when appropriate.
Serve as project leader for extramural funding that supports and enhances the extension program.
Work with other RSAs (water, vegetables, rural and agribusiness development, dairy, 4-H youth development, and coastal ecosystems) in a functional, complementary, and effective working group.
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 master's degree from an accredited college or university in agronomy, crop science, or closely related field. A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours is necessary.
The candidate must be able to obtain a Florida driver's license. A background check will be required prior to employment.
Three or more years of extension experience or equivalent are preferred. The successful applicant should have experience working in the row-crop industry.
Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics are also 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 and verbal communicator, a good listener, feel comfortable presenting in front of small and large crowds, and be able to establish solid partnerships. Doctoral degrees will be considered.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply through the online UF application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/508345 , 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