Extension Agent I or II – Florida Sea Grant (Multicounty)(73794)
Flagler/Volusia Counties, FL
Apr 29, 2021
May 27, 2021
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Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide 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 University of Florida (UF) is a Land-Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, inclusion, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
We hire the best. Diverse views and experiences make us strong. We look for people with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion and diversity. Working for Florida Cooperative Extension will allow you to make a positive impact in your community as you help shape future generations, growing your career while earning a competitive salary and great benefits.
As a Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension, Flagler County, and Volusia County. We are looking for an individual with skills in teaching diverse audiences who will plan, develop, teach, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive marine/coastal resources education program (95%) and assist with our 4-H Youth Development program (5%).
You will be responsible for a program that provides public education and leadership to support economic growth and environmental sustainability with collaboration and input of industry stakeholders, county residents, local government, state and regional agencies, best practice models of Sea Grant Agents from around the state, and local IFAS Extension colleagues.
What you will do:
- Deliver educational programs using a wide variety of approaches (e.g., tours, workshops, seminars, publications, and electronic media) to effectively reach community stakeholders of diverse age, education, experience, and learning styles.
- Develop, promote, and use educational and communication tools to address issues, facilitate solutions, and promote positive behavior change associated with the health of coastal and estuarine environments and their inhabitants.
- Priority focus and educational areas include but are not limited to:
- Coastal community resilience and stewardship.
- Water quality issues.
- Economic growth and development.
- Invasive marine and coastal species.
- Protected marine species (e.g., right whales, sea turtles, manatees).
- Fisheries and fishing.
- New initiatives.
- Create, develop, and confer with a Flagler/Volusia County marine advisory committee to provide local guidance, ensuring that the local Sea Grant program is relevant with a high level of stakeholder engagement.
- Collaborate with agencies and other partners to respond effectively and efficiently to priority coastal issues.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with various marine and coastal businesses, resource and water education user groups, and other stakeholders.
- Act as a liaison to marine and natural resource management agencies, as well as public and private organizations, aquaculturists, and educational institutions.
- Participate on at least one Florida Sea Grant work action group (WAG) and contribute to regional and statewide extension education programs that are relevant to Flagler and Volusia Counties and local stakeholders.
- Participate in the annual Sea Grant Extension Program retreat and other professional development opportunities.
- Develop programs to promote nature-based recreation, tourism, and economic development as it relates to Flagler and Volusia Counties coastal and other natural resources.
- Engage with and accept other duties as assigned or determined to be relevant and/or priorities to marine extension education programs by the County Extension Directors and the District Extension Director, including related 4-H youth programs and priority statewide initiative.
- Continue learning, researching, collaborating, and experiencing local marine and coastal issues to provide research-based educational information and solutions meeting the needs of local stakeholders and to stay current on new issues and environmental demands.
- Follow all county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding Affirmative Action, program development, and parity.
- Carry out other duties as outlined by the County Extension Directors and the District Extension Director.
In the event of an emergency, all Flagler County employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties within the Emergency Operations Center.
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.
Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date. Are you a good match? Apply today!
What you will bring (minimum required):
- A bachelor’s degree in marine science, marine policy, fisheries, aquaculture, marine biology, or a closely related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August 2021. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to grow in your career. Therefore, you will be expected to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining a master's degree within 6 years of employment.
- Professional experience in a marine-related field or equivalent.
- Strong interpersonal and effective communication skills (written and verbal).
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and balance diverse responsibilities.
- A commitment to customer service and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) guidelines of UF/IFAS Extension.
- A valid (or be able to obtain) Florida driver’s license.
- Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and overnight travel.
- Ability to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Florida and Flagler and Volusia County Governments.
What you will bring (preferred):
- A master’s degree.
- Extension experience or equivalent.
- Outstanding organizational ability and use of organizational tools.
- Ability to manage time efficiently.
- Event coordination experience.
- Ability to comfortably present in front of small and large audiences.
- Ability to establish solid partnerships and build professional relationships.
- Demonstrated use of creativity and innovative techniques to attract new audiences.
- On-point use of technology and social media skills.
- Practical experience in multicultural settings and coursework and/or training on multicultural topics.
- Expertise in leading groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/87155 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:
- Cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position
- Résumé or Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
The following documents are also required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).
- Current and Previous Employment Form (located at https://hr.ifas.ufl.edu/resources/form-index/current-and-previous-employment-form/ ).
- A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at http://hr.ifas.ufl.edu/assets/pdf/forms/ref_form.pdf ) from your professional/academic references. Reference forms will be kept on file for 1 year and will be automatically used with any of our extension agent positions you apply for during that time.
Reference rating forms and unofficial transcripts not submitted at the time of application should be submitted/postmarked by the next business day after the position’s closing date. They may 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 University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. 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). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.