Minimum Qualifications : Bachelor's degree. One year of horticultural experience is required. Additional experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
Recruitment Notes : This is a professional educational position with Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension (Partnership of UF/IFAS and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department). An employee in this class is responsible for providing diagnostics of plant problems due to pests, diseases and abiotic environmental causes for Miami-Dade county residents, identify plant species and weeds for homeowners, providing advice on vegetable gardening, ornamental plants and fruit trees suitable to landscapes located in Miami-Dade County. Other responsibilities include writing factsheets, articles for newsletters and other magazines for gardeners; providing information on tropical horticulture and gardening for the Extension website and various social media platforms. Additional responsibilities include collaboration with Miami-Dade County Homeowner Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardeners volunteers and assisting in developing and conducting educational classes, workshops and plant clinics for residents, providing monthly and other reports and performing other related work as requested and assigned by the County Extension Director.
Ideal candidate will have a very good knowledge of theory, principles and practice of tropical and subtropical horticulture, good knowledge of plant species, invasive pests, diseases, insects, nutritional deficiencies and other issues related to gardening and landscapes in south Florida.
The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required:
The ability to develop educational materials and to write and edit publications;
ability to teach;
Proficiency in using computer applications such as Word, Power Point, Excel, and Publisher.
Good communication skills in person, in writing, via email, phone and via various social media.
Ability to keep records and prepare reports and physical ability to sufficiently perform assigned duties.
Valid Florida driver license;
Considerable knowledge of Cooperative Extension Educational programs as well as a degree in Horticulture, Environmental Horticulture, Landscape and/or Horticulture Technology.is preferred. The individual will be working a flexible schedule to include weekends and holidays.
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of unincorporatedMiami-Dade County, and has broad, regional powers to establish policies for servicesthat transcend city boundaries. The government provides major metropolitan services countywide and city-type services for residents of the unincorporated areas.Miami-Dade has an Executive Mayor with the power to veto Commission action items. In January 2007, the Mayor was given additional powers providing for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of Miami-Dade. The Mayor can only serve two terms of four years.The Board of Commissioners selected Joe A. Martínez as Chairman of the 13-member Miami-Dade Board of CountyCommissioners on November 16, 2010. Through ordinances and resolutions, the Commissioners set policies and establishlaws for the community.Commissioners are chosen in non-partisan, single-district elections. Miami-Dade County is structured into 13 districts.Residents choose only from among candidates running in the district in which they live. Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms, with elections scheduled every two years, with no term limits.Miami-Dade County encompasses more than 2,000 square mil...es. Located along the southeast tip of the Florida peninsula,one-third of Miami-Dade County is located in Everglades National Park. Miami-Dade County is bounded by Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Everglades National Park to the west, the Florida Keys to the south, and Broward Countyto the north.