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Horticulture Extension Agent

Pinellas County Government Largo, Florida
Job Type Full Time

This is professional work implementing and presenting the Cooperative Extension Service Horticulture Program and Environmental Landscape Management Program. An employee in this classification plans and presents educational programs and demonstrations in commercial horticulture based on the needs of the local citizenry. The employee is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Florida.

This position is funded by grants and provides assistance to the manager or director of Extension Services in coordination with IFAS Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. An employee in this classification will be assigned duties in conformance with the grant. These duties and responsibilities may involve staff work or line operations. Incumbent performs work under the supervision of a responsible county official and the incumbent is evaluated based on results of tasks completed. State of Florida supervision is received from the District Agent. The FFL Program Agent will follow all University of Florida and Pinellas County policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • 7 years’ work experience within the State of Florida in horticulture, environmental management or a directly related field plus candidate must provide personal transportation for the performance of assigned field work; or
  • Associate degree with major coursework in business or public administration, horticulture, physical, natural or biological sciences or related field plus 4 years work experience within the State of Florida in horticulture, environmental management or a directly related field plus candidate must provide personal transportation for the performance of assigned field work; or
  • Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in business or public administration, horticulture, physical, natural or biological sciences or related field plus 3 years work experience within the State of Florida in horticulture, environmental management or a directly related field plus candidate must provide personal transportation for the performance of assigned field work; or
  • Master’s degree with major coursework in business or public administration, horticulture, physical, natural or biological sciences or related field plus 1-year work experience within the State of Florida in horticulture, environmental management or a directly related field plus candidate must provide personal transportation for the performance of assigned field work; or
  • Doctoral degree with major coursework in business or public administration, horticulture, physical, natural or biological sciences or related field plus work experience within the State of Florida in horticulture, environmental management or a directly related field plus candidate must provide personal transportation for the performance of assigned field work; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
  • This is a temporary position depending entirely on grant monies. The length of employment may be 1 to 2 years.

Highly Desirable

  • Experience utilizing education delivery methods include direct teaching, individual contact, mass media, staffed exhibits, and electronic information.
  • Ability to become a Certified Instructor for UF IFAS Green Industries Best Management
  • Practices (GI-BMP) and to assist the Commercial Horticulture Agent with teaching those classes.

Illustrative Tasks (These are examples and are not all inclusive.)

  • Plans, develops, teaches, and evaluates research-based educational outreach programs for individuals, neighborhood and community associations, residential building developers, schools, and green industries to address landscape water conservation and to protect water resources from non-point source pollution.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises FFL program staff and master gardener volunteers to assist with performing the various outreach functions.
  • Completes the annual Plan of Work and Report of Accomplishments for the FFL Program in Pinellas County utilizing the requirements set forth in any grant scopes of work and UF/IFAS and will be approved by the Pinellas County Extension Director.
  • Applies for and administers grants from various agencies to provide funding for the program.
  • Prepares annual program budget.
  • Prepares and submits grant applications.
  • Prepares quarterly and annual reports as required by grant organizations, Pinellas County Extension and invoicing grant organizations for reimbursement of program expenses.
    Attends FFL and GI-BMP in-service trainings and other appropriate training offered by UF or Pinellas County
  • Develops, implements, and conducts a proactive educational program in commercial horticulture or environmental landscape management to include the growing of turf grass, implementing turf grass clipping demonstrations, mowing, irrigation, fertilization, pesticide safety and usage, conservation of water and energy, reduction of surface and groundwater pollution and preservation or restoration and maintenance of natural shorelines.
  • Conducts evaluation studies and tracking of the results of educational programs to both adult and youth audiences.
  • Responds to problems in commercial agriculture or commercial horticulture programs, which include monthly, annual and special reports; writing horticulture-related newsletters; assisting with 4-H agriculture programs.
  • Selects and applies methods for carrying out the program(s) and presenting educational information including exhibits, weekly news articles, letters, radio, TV, newspaper, special county-wide events; participates in interviews with news media and speaking engagements.
  • Calls upon wholesale and retail nurseries, golf course managers, commercial properties and other groups to discuss horticultural and related management problems and suggest practical remedies.
  • Edits bulletins and leaflets in specialty fields for distribution to homeowners and commercial growers.
  • May supervise clerical support personnel.
  • Coordinates training for neighborhood volunteers.
  • Writes and implements the neighborhood environmental plans in consultation with the assessment team.
  • Performs related work as assigned or required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of commercial horticulture principles, practices, methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the uses of special horticultural machinery and equipment.
  • Knowledge of research resources and methods.
  • Knowledge of pertinent laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the
  • Cooperative Extension Program.
  • Knowledge of computer practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Skill in mass media techniques and video presentations such as newspaper writing and TV educational presentations.
  • Skill in strong oral and written communications.
  • Ability to prepare concise, clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to apply computer applications and software.
  • Ability to develop and implement commercial horticulture educational programs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clientele, superiors and the general public.
  • Ability to speak before groups, conduct demonstrations and tours.

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