Job Openings


University of Florida Extension - IFAS

Location: Range Cattle Research and Education Center - Ona, FL
Application Deadline: 2022-12-08

State Specialized Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Beef/Forage Enterprise
and Marketing

Position # 00022161
Requisition # 524344

Application deadline: 8 December 2022
Application link:

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The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university for the state of Florida, 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 Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) 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.

As a Beef/Forage Enterprise and Marketing State Specialized Extension Agent (SSA), you will work 100% for University of Florida/IFAS Extension. You will be co-supervised by the Directors of the Southwest Extension District and the Range Cattle Research and Education Center (RCREC) in Ona, FL where the position is based. We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent customer service and will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in Florida’s cattle industry as you work with extension faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

What you will do as an SSA:

  • Plan, develop, deliver, evaluate, and report on a statewide educational program focused on beef and forage economic needs of clientele groups.
  • Develop and update enterprise budgets to assist producers in analyzing the profitability and sustainability of beef cattle and forage agricultural enterprises.
  • Teach traditional and non-traditional approaches to market development for beef and forage products and improve the marketing skills of producers.
  • Provide leadership in the development of extension educational programs and participate in educational programs in various functions such as a planning team member, coordinator, speaker, moderator, etc.
  • Provide training in beef cattle and forage economics for extension agents and extension specialists, and actively work with statewide teams of faculty to educate stakeholders and the public about beef cattle and forage economic issues.
  • Establish a standing as an expert resource and point-of-contact for advanced clientele, industry-related businesses, and governmental agencies, while supporting, strengthening, and participating in county-based extension programs.
  • Collaborate with UF/IFAS stakeholders and external partners to ensure that the issues of the clientele are understood and successfully addressed, while contributing to the strengthening of Florida’s economy by providing educational support for long-term sustainable beef cattle and forage production.
  • Provide contributions, support, training, and mentorship to county extension faculty regarding beef cattle and forages economics. Align programs with the UF/IFAS Extension Roadmap.
  • Work in cooperation with the faculty from the Food and Resource Economics Department, the Departments of Animal Sciences, Agronomy, and Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences, and other state and county faculty as appropriate to advance extension priority initiatives.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with Animal Science, Agronomy, and Agricultural Economics organizations in the Southeastern U.S.
  • Develop effective teaching tools such as publications, fact sheets, EDIS documents, presentations, worksheets, web-based tools, and other creative works to enhance the delivery and understanding of information on beef cattle and forage economics. Delivery methods shall include organized education events like in-person or online workshops, conferences, seminars, short courses, etc.
  • Secure external funding for programs through grants, contracts, gifts, and/or fees.
  • Assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total extension program as assigned by supervisors.
  • Support and commit to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment.
  • Serve as a role model to the community.

As an SSA, you will have expectations beyond those of a county extension agent. For example, you will:

  • Support, train, and mentor county extension agents.
  • Provide educational programs to achieve a balance reflective of Florida's population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of regional stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with state extension specialists and other extension colleagues to conduct practical and applied research projects and on-farm trials, engaging social scientists when appropriate.
  • Serve as project leader for extramural funding that supports and enhances the extension program.
  • Work with other regional and state Extension Agents (water, vegetables, rural and agribusiness development, dairy, 4-H youth development, and coastal ecosystems) in a functional, complementary, and effective working group.

What you will bring (required):

  • A master’s degree. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university in economics, animal science, forage agronomy, or a related field.
  • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
  • A commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.

What you will bring (preferred):

  • Experience working in the field of beef cattle and/or forage economics.
  • Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience
  • Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
  • Experience as a communicator who is comfortable presenting in front of small and large crowds.
  • Ability to establish solid partnerships.
  • Experience acquiring extramural funding.

Further information:

This position will reside at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center (http://rcrec-, which is a unit of UF/IFAS, and is located on a 2840-acre site 8 miles south of Ona, FL. Ona is 45 miles east of the Bradenton/Sarasota area and 170 miles south of the main UF campus at Gainesville. The Center is in an agricultural region where beef and dairy cattle, citrus, vegetables, and ornamental horticulture are major industries. Nearly 80% of Florida’s 1 million beef cows are located with 150 miles of the Center. Currently, the Center has six faculty programs and 19 support staff.

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!

Application Instructions

Apply at Careers at UF by 11:55 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 (showing 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
  • A minimum of 3 reference rating forms from your professional/academic references. Applicants are responsible for sending the rating form link to their 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:

UF IFAS Human Resources Faculty Recruitment and Hiring P O Box 110281

Gainesville, FL 32611-0281 Fax: (352) 392-3226

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 dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.