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Polk County Job Opportunities

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All applicants must complete a Polk County Application for Employment online; you will need to select a job title from the list below. Click on the job title links for details regarding a job. If you wish to apply, simply click "Apply Online" to apply for the position. The job order number and position title will automatically be added to the job application to get you started.

You will need to register for the job application system if it is your first time applying for a position at the county or if you applied for a position before Nov. 1, 2006.

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The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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WORKING TITLE: Extension EFNEP Program Assistant


The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a grant funded program by the USDA to help limited-income families and youth acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to improve their diets in normal nutrition.  Extension Program Assistants with this grant in Polk County will teach general nutrition to groups of low-income families; frequent travel to teaching sites across Polk county is required; collect demographic and impact data for evaluation; and learn through on-the-job training skills and information related to teaching nutrition to low-income audiences.

This is a full-time position as a University of Florida employee and a grant-funded, time-limited position.

Breakdown of job duties:

60% Program Delivery

Participates in on-going recruitment of audience for nutrition education classes for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.  Teaches nutrition education at sites which may include schools, parks and recreation departments, churches, health departments, and other locations.  Some classes are one-time, but most are in-depth, requiring a minimum of six lessons for each group of participants.  Collects demographic data on clients served.  Evaluates knowledge gained and behavioral changes through approved evaluation tools.  Refers participants to government and local agencies for assistance, such as food stamps, commodities, etc.  Markets the program through health fairs and other locations where a booth or display is appropriate. Works in coordination with appropriate agency staff to ensure the delivery of quality services to the EFNEP clients.

10% Planning

Plans and prepares nutrition education lessons.  Continues to improve knowledge of subject matter and teaching methods.

10% Training

Develops and improves knowledge of food and nutrition subject matter, becomes more proficient in determining client needs, understands various methods of reaching and teaching the clientele, and develops proficiency in using the EFNEP teaching materials via participation in orientation training, continuous on-the job training, and self-study.  Continuous on-the job training is presented by the supervising faculty on a bi-weekly basis.

10% Travel

Stays within assigned travel allocation while traveling to assigned teaching sites from the official headquarters. Travel across the county using personal vehicle is expected; mileage expenses will be reimbursed.

10% Reporting

Maintains accurate records and reports on clients and personnel requirements.  Submits reports on time for Supervisor or other designee.  Works with agency staff in utilizing records, reports, and other resources to assist in program implementation and in evaluating program impact.

Work hours include Monday through Friday, 8 – 5, however, may require occasional night and weekend hours due to the nature of the program.


Minimum qualifications:  A high school diploma.

Preferred Qualifications:  Bilingual – Spanish fluency preferred. Able to plan and deliver nutrition education lessons.  Knowledge of nutrition or previous teaching experience desirable.  Able to work on a team and follow directions under a supervisor. Basic computer proficiency needed and able to complete reports.  Experience working with low income clients helpful.

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Criminal background check and valid driver’s license is required as well as other University of Florida procedures through the Human Resources office.

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