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University of Florida - IFAS
Lake City, Florida, United States (on-site)
8 days ago
University of Florida - IFAS
Lake City, Florida, United States
8 days ago
Job Type
Min Education
Job Function
Science And Technology


Department:  Columbia County
Job Number:  531798
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Apply On or Before: June 14, 2024

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, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Columbia County seek to fill a permanent-status accruing, full-time Agriculture (Row crops and other cropping systems) Extension Agent position with a self-starting, energetic, team-oriented individual. As the Agent, you will plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs in the areas of crop systems (90%). You will be expected to maintain an effective program advisory committee with appropriate community representation. You will also develop and sustain effective working relationships with producers, commodity groups, community agencies, county government, media, youth, and residents. You will use computer technology for communications, teaching, and program management. Program responsibilities will include commercial agronomic crops and crop systems, water quality, and other areas to be determined locally in cooperation with the program advisory committee. Columbia county is home to many natural resources, and you will be expected to promote best management practices to assist producers with water quality and quantities.  An active participation in our 4-H Youth Development program is expected (10%) in your area of expertise.

If selected, you must design and evaluate a variety of delivery methods to meet program objectives. We expect you to seek and obtain financial and in-kind resources to support your extension programs. You will adhere to all University of Florida and county government policies and procedures and will provide leadership for management of all program components.  As needed, you will assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director.

Further information:

Columbia County is a rural north Florida county with a population of approximately 70,000. Agriculture is one of the major employers in the county. The Extension Office is located in Lake City, the county seat. Columbia County is becoming home to several new residential developments and small farm ranchettes as new residents relocate from south Florida and other parts of the USA. Historically, Columbia County farmers have grown corn, cotton, peanuts, and soybeans.  More recently, farmers are trialing new crop systems including artichokes, Brussel sprouts, and new alternative fruits.



A bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited college and/or university in agriculture, agronomy, crop science, or a closely related field is required. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree (Agent I), 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. To be hired at the Agent II-IV ranks, you must hold an MS degree and rank will be determined according to UF rank requirements.

You must have ability to design, teach, and conduct community-based educational programs and manage volunteers. Employment is contingent upon the results of a national background screening plus a county drug test and physical exam. The position will occasionally require irregular work hours and weekend activities. You must be able to possess (or obtain) and maintain a Florida driver’s license and a pesticide applicator’s license. Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values

How to Apply:

Please apply at Careers at UF . Applicants are required to complete the online application with all requested additional documentation.

Additional Information:

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 variety of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Job ID: 73790416

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