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Pesticide Safety Educator with University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

Type of position Extension Assistant Scientist (non-tenure)
Employer University of Florida
Location Gainesville, FL
Salary Commensurate with degree and experience
Closing date of competition August 16, 2021 – or until filled
Date position available Immediately after hire
Description of duties

This is a 12-month non-tenured position that will be 100% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office (PIO) at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Duties will predominantly focus on providing virtual and in-person training to enhance pesticide knowledge and safety for the end-user. This will require developing creative and innovative materials (presentations, video, extension publications, etc.) and being available to assist county extension faculty who are programmatically engaged with pesticide safety programs. This individual will also be expected to coordinate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to provide training for pesticide license certification and recertification for current license holders. The incumbent is expected to work closely and collaboratively with other members of the PIO to assist with the development of training materials.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of, and engaged in, all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment specified in the position description. Therefore, the successful candidate will also be expected to guest lecture on occasion and serve on graduate student committees, though chairing graduate committees is optional. The incumbent will also be required to author or co-author peer reviewed publications in addition to obtaining grant funding to support the overall mission of the Pesticide Information Office.  The successful candidate will be expected to conduct applied research that will enhance the understanding of this field and improve the educational experience of our primary stakeholders. However, duties may be modified in accordance with the needs of the unit.

Qualifications sought


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable), or M.S. degree with significant (minimum of 10 years) experience, in Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, or related discipline. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


Ph.D. with an emphasis on pest management, pesticide application, and/or general pesticide education/use is preferred.

Contact for additional information Dr. Brett Bultemeier
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Pesticide Information Office
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
Telephone: 352-294-6941
Facsimile: 352-392-3462
Electronic Mail: bwbult@ufl.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/89879 and submit:

Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
Curriculum vitae
Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
Unofficial transcripts
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).

Submit to http://apply.interfolio.com/89879
Additional Information 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.

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