The Horticulture Agent plans, develops, teaches, implements, teaches and evaluates comprehensive and diverse educational programs for commercial clientele and citizens. Program areas of emphasis include 1) environmental landscape management (both homeowner and commercial), using Green Industries Best Management Practices and Florida Friendly Landscaping principles, and 2) commercial and homeowner production of ornamentals, turf, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts, with a strong emphasis on sustainability. The agent will manage the demonstration gardens according to Florida Friendly Landscaping principles.
The agent will serve as the educator and coordinator for the county Master Gardener volunteer program. This program requires excellent interpersonal skills and volunteer management experience. The Horticulture Agent will work with other faculty, agencies, businesses and organizations on cooperative educational programs to improve the quality of life for local citizens. The agent will develop and maintain an advisory committee to assist with program design and client needs, collaborate with others to acquire grants, assist/lead interdisciplinary projects, provide service to the 4H Youth Development program and schools, develop creative works (presentations, posters, slide shows, website and social media development, media, etc.) and write non-technical people-friendly publications. The agent will assume other duties as assigned by the County Extension Director and the District Extension Director.
Leon County is the home of Florida’s state capital, with approximately 671 square miles and a population of almost 245,000. Though it is primarily an urban county, its comprehensive plan intends to preserve an outlying rural area of lower population density. Leon County has a large number of commercial landscape maintenance businesses and retail garden centers. There are a number of assorted horticultural operations that produce sod, trees, and other ornamentals as well as vegetable and fruit.
A Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or closely related field is required. A candidate hired with a Bachelor’s degree only will be expected to make significant progress towards achieving a Master’s degree within 5 years of employment. The candidate is required to manage complex, multifaceted programs and have the ability to successfully organize and motivate people. The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Florida driver’s license and will be required to travel in and out of the county with occasional overnight travel, irregular hours and some weekends. The candidate will be required to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.
Employment is contingent upon drug screening and background check results required by Leon County.
University of Florida - 18 months ago