Position No. 0001-4630
Florida Sea Grant Multicounty Extension Agent I, II, or III
University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Okaloosa and Walton Counties
Crestview and DeFuniak Springs, FL (Northwest Extension District)
Application deadline: 12 January 2015

Position Summary
University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Okaloosa County, and Walton County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing Florida Sea Grant Agent position based in Okaloosa County. This agent will plan, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on comprehensive marine and natural resource extension and education programs addressing issues of importance to local stakeholders. Programs will emphasize marine recreational and commercial fisheries and associated industries such as boating, marinas, and other fishing-related businesses. Stakeholders include marine and coastal resource users, marine management agencies, local government, public and private organizations and educational institutions, and other public adult and youth audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with the private sector to conduct extension programs that support both economic growth and environmental sustainability. Programs will likely be centered on artificial reefs, marine resource and water quality, adult and youth educational programs related to fishing and fishing habitats, and issues related to coastal preparedness, climate variability, and sea level rise.
• Deliver educational programs using a wide variety of approaches (e.g., workshops, conferences, publications, and electronic media.)
• Collaborate with UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension faculty in surrounding counties and UF state extension specialists to plan and develop extension education programs.
• Duties may also include fishery and related natural resource education activities. The agent will develop and use an Okaloosa/Walton County marine advisory committee to provide local guidance ensuring that the agent develops and implements a highly relevant program with a high level of stakeholder engagement and collaboration with agencies and other partners in order to respond effectively and efficiently to priority coastal issues.
• The agent will accept other duties as assigned or determined to be relevant to marine extension education programs by the County Extension Directors and the District Extension Director and will also be expected to contribute to priority statewide initiatives.

A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree with extension or outreach programming experience in the commercial or recreational fisheries area is preferred. Degrees considered include marine policy, coastal management, marine recreation, resource development, fisheries, aquaculture, marine biology, resource economics, or a related discipline. Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics are desirable.

Residence in Okaloosa or Walton County is preferred, as the agent is expected to become a part of community life. Walton and Okaloosa Counties require a pre-employment drug test and background check. Walton County is a drug-free workplace. Both require that the candidate be in the possession of a valid Florida driver’s license with driving record acceptable to the county driving policy and insurance program. A criminal background check may be conducted on finalists.

Other information
Okaloosa and Walton Counties are located in the Florida Panhandle between Pensacola and Panama City. The largest cities in the two counties are Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, and DeFuniak Springs. There are approximately 70 miles of Gulf frontage in the two counties as well as one of the largest bays in Florida, the Choctawhatchee Bay. Destin is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in Florida. Artificial reefs and the fishing industry are very important to the local economy. Walton County has a population of 55,000, a total area of 746,000 acres, 25 miles of coast on the Gulf of Mexico, 7,000 acres of fresh water lakes, and 52,400 acres of brackish water in Choctawhatchee Bay. It is a fast-growing county with rapid coastal development. Tourism-related activities are the largest component of the local economy with water-based activities the leading draw for the area. The water resources and mild winter temperatures attract large numbers of winter visitors annually.