This permanent-status accruing University Florida/ IFAS Extension Agent will plan, develop, implement, teach, and evaluate comprehensive educational programs in the area of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Duval County. Emphasis will be on livestock production, forages, natural resources education, and small farms (95%). Development of a proactive 4-H Youth Development program (5%) is essential. The successful candidate may be asked to assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director. The position functions as a team member with county, district and state Extension professionals. The person will establish and maintain an effective system for program accountability to all relevant groups, organizations and agencies and will be expected to target programs reflecting the county’s population diversity and unique educational needs.
Responsibilities will include establishing a local program area advisory committee and working with agencies and organizations that are concerned with the needs and well-being of area agricultural producers. In addition, the agent will collaborate with agricultural groups including Farm Bureau, Cattlemen’s Association, Duval Soil & Water Conservation Board, Duval County Agricultural Council, and Jacksonville Beekeepers. Additional responsibilities will include assisting agricultural producers in the development of farm plans, economic analysis, and marketing strategies.
Required abilities include the ability to work with diverse audiences and clientele; good verbal and written communication skills; and the proficient use of computers and other information technology. The agent is expected to develop creative works (presentations, posters, website development, etc.), write non-technical people-friendly publications, and participate in professional societies. The agent will follow all UF/ IFAS Extension policies regarding affirmative action, program development, and reporting. It is expected that the agent will attain promotion and permanent status per established guidelines.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. Faculty with a Bachelor’s degree only must make significant progress toward obtaining a Master’s degree within five (5) years of employment. The degree must be from an accredited college or university in agriculture, animal science, or a related field of study.
The successful candidate must have the ability to design, teach and conduct community-based educational programs, have skills that enhance cooperative work with youth and adults (e.g., resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness), and be able to work effectively as a team member.
Employment is contingent upon drug screening results required by Duval County. The candidate must possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license and must be willing to travel in/out of the county in personal vehicle, with occasional overnight travel, irregular hours, and some weekends.