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University of Florida - IFAS
Largo, Florida, United States
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Department:  Pinellas County
Job Number:  520164
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Application deadline:   Feb 15 2022


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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 University of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. The UF 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.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education, and research-based expertise to improve health, environment, and the economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families, and communities.

We actively seek applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Pinellas County seek an Extension Agent to lead the countywide 4-H youth development program. You must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse audiences. You must build and maintain effective working relationships with 4-H adult volunteers, the Pinellas County 4-H Association (advisory committee), community-based and grassroots organizations, and peers in the UF/IFAS Extension organization. You will also provide strong leadership in the development of the adult volunteer system and youth-focused life skills educational content that is engaging and relevant to the audience. You will be part of a team that works together in support of initiatives designed to promote and support agriculture, as well as create awareness of the industry’s economic impact on the local economy. You will also supervise and collaborate with the 4-H program assistant and execute youth programming in partnership with the County Extension Director.

As a UF faculty member, you will also: work with agencies and organizations to assist or lead cooperative and interdisciplinary projects, both in the county and through multi-county efforts; provide service to schools outside of 4-H programming; develop creative works in support of programming, including presentations, professional posters, and web-based education; write scholarly publications related to the field of expertise; and participate in professional associations and service activities for UF and IFAS. You will document efforts through an annual plan of work (POW) and report of accomplishment (ROA). You will be expected to attain permanent status and promotion per UF/IFAS guidelines.

 What you will do:

  • Plan, develop, teach, evaluate, and report on youth educational programs that meet the needs of the county’s diverse population in coordination with the Pinellas County 4-H Association and in alignment with the strategic direction of the Florida 4-H Youth Development program.
  • Deliver youth development programming through 4-H community clubs, special interest clubs, school enrichment, day camps, after school programs, and other events and activities, emphasizing workforce development.
  • Coordinate youth and volunteer involvement in multi-county, state, regional, and the national 4-H program and events.
  • Build and lead a strong volunteer base through recruitment, screening, training, and managing adult volunteers, including competency building using state and national 4-H research-based methods.
  • Teach and equip volunteers in educational methods to guide and support 4-H member projects in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including animal sciences, environmental education, robotics, and agriculture, as well as the arts, entrepreneurship, career development, leadership, and citizenship.
  • Assess and identify opportunities for volunteers to serve in management and leadership roles; then recruit, train, and use volunteers in those roles.
  • Ensure the volunteer screening process is implemented and up to date and oversee all aspects of 4-H program risk management as directed by Florida 4-H Headquarters and local county policies.
  • Develop program delivery strategies that include the use of deliberately focused virtual platforms. Employ up to 25% virtual programming as appropriate within county technology resources and stakeholder needs.
  • Encourage and support health equity programming and systems for youth as resources are available.
  • Co-manage a 5-acre youth development center and community garden with other Extension Agents and support staff.
  • Use a needs assessment to target programs focused on youth, reflecting the county’s diverse population and the unique educational needs of Pinellas County, a fully urbanized community.
  • Collaborate and develop strategic partnerships with county and municipal departments, local businesses, and social service agencies to provide diverse and innovative educational opportunities for positive youth development. 
  • Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness to strengthen current educational programs while reviewing and implementing new policies, maintaining enrollments and records, assessing risks, communicating effectively across social media platforms, managing the program’s financial resources, and creating educational materials.
  • Seek and manage financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure all financial policies are followed as instructed by UF/IFAS Extension guidelines.
  • Follow all UF/IFAS Extension policies and best practices regarding affirmative action, program development, program evaluation, and reporting.
  • Develop and implement a communication plan for 4-H program participants, families, volunteers, and stakeholders using effective and contemporary approaches, including current social media.
  • Write content for various media sources (e.g., newspapers, radio, newsletters, web, social media) to promote programs, report on programs, and educate the public.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use social media in a variety of formats.
  • Comfort presenting in front of small and large crowds.
  • Experience establishing solid partnerships.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Innovative audience engagement and development.
  • Demonstrated skills in partnership development and project management.
  • Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience.
  • Experience managing volunteers.
  • Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics.



  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development/sociology or a related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by May 2022. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to advance your career by making at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
  • A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours including evening and weekend meetings as well as overnight travel.
  • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
  • Reliable personal transportation for work-related in-county and out-of-county travel as needed.
  • Ability to pass Florida 435 Level 2 screening and drug screening.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

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

Additional Information:

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

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 61172538
  • Location:
    Largo, Florida, United States
  • Position Title: Extension Agent I - III 4-H Youth Development
  • Company Name: University of Florida - IFAS
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate

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