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University of Florida Pesticide Information Office Job Opening

Wednesday, July 07, 2021 3:14 PM | Sonja Thomas (Administrator)

Pesticide Information Office

7922 NW 71st Street

Gainesville, FL  32653







Title:                           Extension Assistant Scientist

Location:                    Pesticide Information Office
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville, Florida 32653

Salary:                        Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date:             For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by August 16, 2021.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities

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 .

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.



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.

Background Information:

The state of Florida has over 60,000 licensed pesticide applicators. This translates to over 8,000 new applicators being tested annually and thousands of continuing education credits being provided each year for license recertification. The UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office (PIO) is the lead unit within the state that ensures that exams, study materials, and training are maintained in a current, relevant, and timely fashion. This is accomplished through regular collaboration with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which serves as the state lead agency for pesticide regulation and enforcement. Therefore, the PIO works closely with county extension faculty throughout the state to ensure they have the training and materials they need to conduct accurate and ethical pesticide safety programs. This support for programs comes from developing end user products (manuals, CEU courses, etc.) and training programs for county faculty.

The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Employment Conditions

This position is available June 21, 2021, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 76810

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 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).

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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